Richard Aldrich (music critic)

Richard Aldrich (July 31, 1863 – June 2, 1937) was an American music critic. From 1902–23, he was music critic for The New York Times.[1]

Robert Aldrich
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Aldrich c. 1918
Born(1863-07-31)July 31, 1863
DiedJune 2, 1937(1937-06-02) (aged 73)
Rome, Italy
EducationProvidence High School
Harvard College
OccupationMusic critic
Margaret Livingston Chanler
(m. 1906; his death 1937)
ChildrenRichard Chanler Aldrich
Margaret Aldrich DeMott
Parent(s)Elisha S. Aldrich
Anna E. Gladding

Early lifeEdit

Richard Aldrich was born on July 31, 1863 in Providence, Rhode Island. His father was Elisha S. Aldrich and his mother, Anna E. Gladding. He attended Providence High School and graduated with an A.B. in 1885 from Harvard College, where he had studied music.[2]


He began his journalistic career on the Providence Journal. From 1889 to 1891, he was private secretary to Senator Nathan F. Dixon III in Washington, D.C., writing criticisms for the Washington Evening Star. In 1891–92 he was with the New York Tribune in various editorial capacities, assisting Henry Edward Krehbiel with musical criticisms. He was associated with Krehbiel as an American contributor to the revised edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1906, he was married to Margaret Livingston Chanler, daughter of John Winthrop Chanler (1826–1877) of the Dudley–Winthrop family and Margaret Astor Ward (1838–1875) of the Astor family. [2] Margaret Livingston Chanler served as a nurse with the American Red Cross during the Spanish–American War. [4] They had two children, a daughter and a son:[1]

  • Margaret Aldrich (1911-2011), who married Christopher Rand in 1934.[5] She later married Byron DeMott (d. 1963).[6]
  • Richard Chanler Aldrich (1909-1961),[7] who married Susan Cutler (d. 1998),[8] the daughter of John Wilson Cutler and Rosalind (née Fish) Cutler, and the granddaughter of Hamilton Fish II.[9]

Aldrich died on June 2, 1937 in Rome, Italy.[1][10]


  • Guide to Parsifal (Ditson, 1904)
  • Guide to the Ring of the Nibelung (Ditson, 1905)
  • Translator of Lilli Lehmann's How to Sing (Macmillan 1912)
  • Musical Discourse (1928)
  • Concert Life in New York 1902–1923 (1941)


  1. ^ a b c "RICHARD ALDRICH DIES IN ROME AT 73; Times Music Critic Emeritus, Retired in 1924, Is Stricken on Visit to Brother". The New York Times. 3 June 1937. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America, 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 21.
  3. ^ Arthur Eaglefield Hull, A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London 1924).
  4. ^ "Margaret Astor Chanler, Heroine of Porto Rico". Milwaukee Journal: 5. September 8, 1898.
  5. ^ "Aldrich -- Rand". The New York Times. 13 February 1934. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths DEMOTT, MARGARET ALDRICH". The New York Times. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Aldrich-Chanler Baby Christened". The New York Times. 24 June 1909. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ "RICHARD C. ALDRICH". The New York Times. 6 November 1961. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths ALDRICH, SUSAN CUTLER". The New York Times. 13 September 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  10. ^ "RICHARD ALDRICH". The New York Times. 3 June 1937. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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