Richard Aldrich (music critic)

Robert Aldrich
Born July 31, 1863
Providence, Rhode Island
Died June 2, 1937
Rome, Italy
Nationality American
Education Providence High School
Harvard College
Occupation Music critic
Spouse(s) Margaret Livingston Chanler
Children Richard Chanler Aldrich
Margaret Aldrich DeMott
Parent(s) Elisha S. Aldrich
Anna E. Gladding

Richard Aldrich (July 31, 1863 – June 2, 1937) was an American music critic. From 1902–23, he was music critic for The New York Times.


Early life

Richard Aldrich was born on July 31, 1863 in Providence, Rhode Island. His father was Elisha S. Aldrich and his mother, Anna E. Gladding. He attended Providence High School and graduated with an A.B. in 1885 from Harvard College, where he had studied music.[1]


He began his journalistic career on the Providence Journal. From 1889 to 1891, he was private secretary to Senator Nathan F. Dixon III in Washington, D.C., writing criticisms for the Washington Evening Star. In 1891–92 he was with the New York Tribune in various editorial capacities, assisting Henry Edward Krehbiel with musical criticisms. He was associated with Krehbiel as an American contributor to the revised edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.[2]

Personal life

In 1906, he was married to Margaret Livingston Chanler, daughter of John Winthrop Chanler (1826–1877) of the Dudley–Winthrop family and Margaret Astor Ward (1838–1875) of the Astor family. [1] Margaret Livingston Chanler served as a nurse with the American Red Cross during the Spanish–American War. [3] They had two children: a daughter, Margaret Aldrich DeMott (1911-2011); and a son, Richard Chanler Aldrich (1909-1961).


He died in Rome, Italy.


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  1. 1 2 Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America, 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 21.
  2. Arthur Eaglefield Hull, A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London 1924).
  3. ""Margaret Astor Chanler, Heroine of Porto Rico"". Milwaukee Journal: 5. September 8, 1898.
  4. York Times: Margaret Aldrich DeMott Obituary
  5. Saint Paul School: Richard Chanler Aldrich Obituary

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