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(1881 - 1946)

The American composer Charles Wakefield Cadman was notably influenced by his interest in the music of American Indians, spending time on Indian reservations during his researches. This informed much of his work, neglected until relatively recently.


Cadman won contemporary success with his opera Shanewis or The Robin Woman, which was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1918. Further such works followed.

Instrumental Music

Cadman turned to American Indian material for a number of his orchestral works, while also drawing on other relatively exotic sources here and in some of his chamber music.

Role: Classical Composer 
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