Biographical / Historical
David Patterson, American composer and pianist, was born in Minnesota sometime in the late 19th century. He began music study at age ten, first on violin, while supplementing his education with individual study from borrowed books. Following the destruction of his violin by his disapproving father at age 14, Patterson set out on his own. Later, he self-funded a college education studying composition and theory, and piano with teachers including Leopold Godowsky and Rafael Joseffy. The institution for his college education is unknown. By 1910, he was teaching at Northwestern Conservatory of Music in Minneapolis, and was musically active in that city as a performer and composer. During this time, he composed works for piano including a sonata, concerto, and fugues, none of which were published. He enlisted in the US Army during the First World War and served in a medical capacity. Following the war, he undertook graduate studies in bacteriology and chemistry at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University. By 1924, he was associated with the National Academy of Music in New York, and again performing nationally as a concert pianist. At some point after 1926, he relocated to Los Angeles, California. One of his more notable students was the composer and theorist George Tremblay.
Patterson, David. "Ear Marks of Genius. A paraphrase concerning David Patterson, American Composer-Pianist."
George Tremblay papers. Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/19198 Accessed May 24, 2019.