The Music Plays On — Nathaniel Dett

Nathaniel Dett

The composer Robert Nathaniel Dett was born near Niagara Falls, Ontario, to a Canadian mother and American father. He began playing the piano by age three and showed an early aptitude. The family moved across the border to Niagara Falls, NY, when Dett was nine and was known to play piano for the local church. He attended Oberlin Conservatory and it was there that he first heard the music of Antonín Dvořák and was inspired to…