Best known for his small form compositions, and especially his songs, Theodore Chanler's art song output remains popular today among recitalists. His most well-known song cycle is Eight Epitaphs, which sets the text of English writer Walter de la Mare.
Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Theodore Chanler studied at the New York Institute of Musical Art, the Cleveland Institute (with Ernest Bloch), and at Oxford University. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris for three years. During his teaching career, Chanler the Peabody Conservatory and the Longy School (Cambridge, Massachusetts). He won several awards and honors, including two Guggenheim fellowships.
Chanler was also an astute music critic and writer as well as composer, and he often wrote for Modern Music. He was also a music critic for the Boston Herald.
Source: David E. Campbell and Laura L. Broughton's article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians