September 25 1871, Boston, Massachusetts.

March 8, 1944, Ventnor City, New Jersey.

Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.


Atherton graduated from Harvard University in 1893 with honors in music, then proceeded to the Munich Conservatory, where he spent two years under Rheinberger and Thuille. In 1896, he studied with Boise in Berlin, in 1900 with Sgambati in Rome, and later with Widor in Paris. composed a number of comic operas, including The Heir Apparent and The Maharaja. In addition, he wrote dozens of songs, and a number of violin and piano pieces. He served as acting chief of the music division of the United States Library of Congress, 1929–42.

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