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Ethelbert Nevin: Playing "Narcissus" from Pittsburgh to Europe

Date of Exhibition: Fall 2020- Present

Curator: Christopher Lynch (Project Coordinator, Center for American Music)

Location:  Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Description: Ethelbert Nevin: Playing “Narcissus” from Pittsburgh to Europe: In his day, Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901) was recognized as one of America’s leading pianists and composers. This exhibit draws from the Center for American Music’s Ethelbert Nevin Collection to document his life and career, which took him from Pittsburgh to Boston, New York, and Europe.

  • Nevin at Vineacre, his family's estate in Sewickley, Pennsylvania; 1898 
  • Recital program, Carnegie Lyceum, New York; March 24, 1898 
  • Program from Nevin's professional debut; December 10, 1886 
  • Nevin at his piano 
  • Chain and clasp; 1886 
  • "Narcissus," from Water Scenes; Elthelbert Nevin; 1891 
  • Nevin at his desk in Queen Anne Lodge , Vineacre, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 
  • Nevin at the piano in Queen Anne Lodge , Vineacre, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 
  • Plaster cast of Nevin's right hand; 1901 
  • Blotters, manuscript clip, ink blotters, and manuscript scraper from Nevin's desk 
  • Ash tray, match boxes, pitch pipe, letter opener, knife, key ring  

Exhibit Photographs