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DUDLEY BUCK (1839-1909)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 720 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DUDLEY BUCK (1839-1909), American musical composer, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on the loth of March 1839, the son of a merchant who gave him every opportunity for cultivating his musical talents; and for four years (1858–862) hestudied at Leipzig, Dresden and Paris. On returning to America he held the position of organist at Hartford, Chicago (1869), and Boston (1871). In 1875 he went to New York to assist Theodore Thomas as conductor of the orchestral concerts, and from 1897 to 1903 was organist at Holy Trinity church: Meanwhile he had become well known as a composer of church music, a number of cantatas (Columbus, 1876; Golden Legend,.r88o; Light of Asia, 1885, &c), a grand opera, Serapis, a comic opera, Deseret (188o), a symphonic overture, Marmion, a symphony in E flat, and other orchestral and vocal works. He died on the 6th of October 1909.
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