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Engel, Carl (21 July 1883–06 May 1944), composer, editor, and librarian, was born in Paris, France, the son of German parents Joseph C. Engel and Gertrude Seeger. Engel studied music, philosophy, and psychology at the Universities of Strasbourg and Munich. His musical training included individual instruction on the violin and piano and composition with Ludwig Thuille. The Engel family immigrated to the United States in 1905, settling in New York City. Engel quickly affiliated with the city’s young composers and musicians interested in new music and, later, their New Music Society of America, a group dedicated to the performance of American works....

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Presser, Theodore (03 July 1848–28 October 1925), music publisher and pedagogue, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Christian Presser, who operated a glue factory, and Caroline Dietz. His father, a German immigrant, died when Theodore was ten. At age fourteen Theodore worked in a Pittsburgh iron foundry to help support the family. At age sixteen, he was employed as a clerk in C. C. Mellor’s music store in Pittsburgh, where he eventually became manager of the sheet music department. This experience acquainted him with the music trade and the pedagogical needs of music teachers, awakening interests that would determine the future course of his life....