Mayhew Lake (25 October 1879, Southville, Mass. - 16 March 1955) was an American conductor and orchestrator.
After completing his music education at the New England Conservatory of Music, Lake’s exceptional musical career began with performing as a violinist in the Boston Symphony at the age of sixteen. At 21 he became the conductor of the Payret Theater in Havana, Cuba, the Western Hemisphere’s largest theater company at that time. He conducted many famous theatrical performances before moving to New York in 1910. There he arranged and orchestrated for several composers, including John Philip Sousa and Percy Aldridge Grainger. Lake was later appointed as the editor-in-chief at Carl Fischer, a post he maintained for thirty-five years.
As with many of his contemporaries he used a number of pseudonyms, including Lester Brockton, Paul DuLac, Charles Edwards, William Lester, Robert Hall and Alfred Byers. Of ragtime interest are his The Rag Baby (1916) and A Ragtime Travesty on Carmen (1918).
Works for Winds
- 1812 Overture (as arranger) (1880)
- Africana (1919)
- American Trumpeter (1914)
- Among the Roses (1916)
- Beneath the Holly (as arranger, written as Lester Brockton) (1922)
- The Blue Law Blues (1921)
- The Booster (1913)
- Bunker Hill (1921)
- The Children's March (as arranger) (1934)
- Concertino for Clarinet (as arranger) (1811/1924)
- Coppélia: Part 2 (as arranger) (1870/1923)
- Das Pensionat (as scorer; rev. Whear) (1860/1958/1981)
- A Day at the Fair (1915)
- A Day at the Panama Explosion (1915)
- Easter Chimes (1914)
- Elk's March (1916)
- Estrellita (as arranger) (1912/1929)
- The Evolution of Dixie (1916)
- The Fighting Allies (1917)
- Florentiner (as arranger, ed. Fennell) (1907/1980)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt March (as arranger) (1933)
- Funeral March of a Marionette (as arranger) (1872/1927)
- The Golden Cockerel (as arranger) (1922)
- Hawaiian Selection (as arranger) (1916)
- Hungariana March (1917)
- Illinois State March (1919)
- In a Bird Stone (1917)
- Indian Summer (1917)
- The Joker (1912)
- Joyce's 71st NY Reg't March (as arranger) (1881/1937)
- La Princesse Jaune (as arranger) (1872/1929)
- Lakesonian March (1915)
- Land of Moa March (as arranger) (1917)
- March Crimson (1916)
- Night on the Prado (1911)
- Nutcracker Suite (as arranger) (1891/1924)
- Old Comrades (as arranger, with Laurendeau) (1899/1908/1938)
- Old Timers Waltz (as arranger)
- Orpheus in the Underworld Overture (as arranger, with Kent) (1858/1946)
- Overture America (1919)
- Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (as arranger, with Hunt) (1862/1946)
- On the Mall (as arranger) (1923)
- Pierrot : Pierrette (as arranger) (1923)
- Prelude in G minor (as arranger) (1901/1922)
- The Rag Baby (1918)
- Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas, The (arr. Foster) (1936/2012)
- Sixteen Chorales (as arranger) (1938)
- Slavonic Rhapsody No 1 (as arranger; ed. Singleton) (1913/2016)
- A Song of India (as arranger) (1920)
- Tannhäuser (as arranger) (1845/1926)
- Toreador Humoresque (1918)
- Victor Herbert Favorites (as arranger) (1926)
- U.S. Field Artillery March (as arranger) (1917/1918)
- Waltz from "Sleeping Beauty" (as arranger) (1889/1937)
- Waltz of the Flowers (as transcriber) (1892/1919)
- Benjamin, Rick. "The Pioneers of Movie Music: Sounds from the American Silent Cinema, 1914–1928." Liner notes from the recording by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, director. New World Records, 2015.
- Bish, Douglas Eugene. "Transcription techniques for the concert band, 1900–1950." 1988. Boston University. D.M.A. dissertation.
- Lake, Mayhew Lester. The American Band Arranger: Complete and Reliable Self-Instructor for Mastering the Essential Principles of Practical and Artistic Arranging for Military Band. Carl Fischer, 1920.
- Lake, Mayhew Lester. Great Guys: Laughs and Gripes of Fifty Years of Show-Music Business. Bovaco Press, 1983.
- Mayhew Lake Music Manuscripts. Finding Aid. Music Division, Library of Congress.
- Mayhew Lake "Symphony in Gold" Scores Collection. Special Collections in the Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland.