Katherine Davis

Composer    Lyricist

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Best known for her famous Christmas song “The Little Drummer Boy,” Katherine K. Davis wrote hundreds of choral and solo songs.

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Katherine K. Davis was a composer, pianist, and author of the famous Christmas tune “The Little Drummer Boy”. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 25, 1892, and composed her first piece of music, “Shadow March,” at the age of 15. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1910, and studied music at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. After her graduation, she continued at Wellesley as an assistant in the Music Department, teaching music theory and piano. At the same time, she studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Davis also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

She taught music at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, and at the Shady Hill School for Girls in Philadelphia. Many of her over 600 compositions were written for the choirs at her school. Her most famous composition, “The Little Drummer Boy” (originally titled “The Carol of the Drum”), which she wrote in 1941, became famous when it was recorded by the Trapp Family Singers.

She left all of the royalties and proceeds from her compositions, which include operas, choruses, children’s operettas, cantatas, piano and organ pieces, and songs, to Wellesley College’s Music Department. These funds are used to support musical instrument instruction. Katherine K. Davis died on April 20, 1980, at the age of 88, in Littleton, Massachusetts. http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Katherine_K._Davis

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