LYNES, FRANK (1858-1913)

Frank Lynes (1858-1913) was an American composer, organist,  and teacher who is primarily remembered for the piano pieces he wrote for his students. His sonatinas are essentially in a conservative classical style, reminiscent of similar works by Heinrich Lichner, Anton Diabelli, and Friedrich Kuhlau, as well as his teacher, Carl Reinecke.

He studied first at the New England Conservatory and then piano and organ with Benjamin J. Lang and harmony with John Knowles Paine. He then attended the Leipzig Conservatory (1883–5), where he was a student of Salomon Jadasson and others. After returning to the Boston area, where Lynes spent the remainder of his life.

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