Arthur William Foote (1853-1937) was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He began studying music at the age of 12 and, at age 14,enrolled in a harmony class at the New England Conservatory. He entered Harvard, where he studied counterpoint and fugue with John Knowles Paine and led the Harvard Glee Club. Originally intending on a career in law, he decided to pursue music, returning to Harvard and receiving the first M.A. in music to be given by an American university. Residing in Boston, he was a primarily a pedagogue, but also was active as composer, organist, and piano recitalist. He was an editor of Hymns of the Church Universal (1890), co-authored Modern Harmony in its Theory and Practice (1905), and wrote two short manuals, Some Practical Things in Piano Playing (1909) and Modulation and Related Harmonic Questions (1919). He is known as a member of the “Boston Six.” The other five were George Whitefield Chadwick, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker. He composed a large body of works including orchestral works, chamber music and songs. He died in in Boston, Massachusetts.
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.