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Biography John Alden Carpenter
John Alden Carpenter is an American composer born on February 28, 1876, in Park Ridge (Chicago suburb, USA) and dead on April 26, 1951, in Chicago . He studied music with the American composers John Knowles Paine, Edward Elgar (for whom he went to London and then Rome in 1906) and also Bernhard Ziehn (Chicago). The money earned by the family company enabled him to spend most of his time composing after he retired in 1936. Among his most known pieces: the humorous orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1914). He was one of the first composers who used “jazz” rhythms in the orchestral music (Concertino for piano and orchestra, 1917; Krazy Kat: A Jazz Pantomime, 1922; Skyscrapers, 1926).