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Dudley Buck

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Dudley Buck (March 10, 1839 – October 6, 1909) was an New York in 1882.

He is best known today for his organ composition, Concert Variations on the Star-Spangled Banner, Op. 23, which was later arranged into an orchestral version.

Life and career

Born in Chicago (1869), and Boston (1871).

In 1875 Buck went to Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. By this time he had become well known as a composer.

His compositions included church music, a number of cantatas (Columbus (1876), Golden Legend (1880), The Light of Asia (1886), etc.), a grand opera Serapis, a comic opera Deseret (1880), a symphonic overture Marmion, a symphony in E flat, and other orchestral and vocal works.

Buck also taught private music lessons throughout his career. Among his notable pupils were Paul Ambrose, William Howland, Daniel Protheroe, Harry Rowe Shelley, James Francis Cooke, and Charles Sanford Skilton.

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