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BUCK, Dudley, composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 10 March, 1839. He studied at Trinity College and afterward at the Leipsic Conservatory of Music, where he was associated with A. Sullivan, and had instruction from Hauptmann, Richter, Rietz, Moschelles, and Plaidy. Subsequently he studied under Schneider at Dresden. He was at Paris in 1861-'2. He was for many years the organist of Music Hall, Boston, and gained a deserved reputation as a performer as well as a composer. In 1875 he was invited by Theodore Thomas to become assistant director at the garden concerts in New York, then the centre of the highest musical culture in the United States. He was requested to compose the cantata to be sung at the opening of the centennial exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, which work he performed with distinguished success. The music was rendered by a chorus of 800 voices and 150 instruments under the direction of Theodore Thomas. He also became organist of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, and director of the Apollo club. Mr. Buck has produced some excellent operetta, notably that written for William A. Croffut's humorous drama "Deseret." He has published a large number of compositions for the organ, including a prize " Te Deum," which has won a wide popularity. Three more important works have recently appeared, namely, "The Legend of Don Munio" (1874), "Marmion" (1880), and "The Golden Legend." The latter won the prize of $1,000 offered by the Cincinnati May festival for the best composition for solo voices, chorus, and opera. He has also written music to several of Edmund Co Stedman's poems, some of which have become popular. He has published a "Dictionary of Musical Terms," and a work on the "Influence of the Organ in History" (New York, 1882).
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