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Edward Ballantine (August 6, 1886 – July 2, 1971), was an American composer and professor of music.

Edward Ballantine was born in Oberlin, Ohio, and studied with Walter Spalding and Frederick Converse at Harvard University, where he received a BA in 1907. He then pursued his studies with Artur Schnabel, Rudolf Ganz, and Philippe Rüferthen in Berlin from 1907 to 1909. He returned to the United States where he joined the Harvard music faculty in 1912, where he remained until his retirement in 1947. His best-known compositions are two sets of piano variations on "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (1924, 1943), in which each variation is in the style of a different composer (Hitchcock and Meckna 2001).


  • Arzuni, Sahan. 1994. "An American Jester". Keyboard Classics & Piano Stylist 14, no. 5:54–56.
  • Hitchcock, H. Wiley, and Michael Meckna. 2001. "Ballantine, Edward". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.

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