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Carl Busch
Carl Busch, Kansas City Composer

Carl Busch was born in Jutland, Denmark, March 29, 1862.  At an early age he showed great musical talent, so that along with his regular education he was given musical instruction.  After studying under private teachers, he entered the University of Copenhagen, where he remained for three years under the tutelage of masters like Niels Gade, Tofte, and Hartman.

     He played in the Philharmonic Orchestra under Johann Svendson, and in the Music Verein under Gade's baton.  It was after this that he won a scholarship in the Brussels Conservatory, and so greatly was his art broadened that he journeyed to Paris, and played under the direction of the great Gounod and Godard.  From Paris he returned to Denmark; but in 1887 he came to America, locating finally in Kansas City.

     In this country he has attained favor as an orchestral composer and writer of songs.  His compositions have been played at the Music Teachers' National Association concerts in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipsic, Dresden, and Weimar.  Among his best known works are "The Lady of Shalott," "King Olaf's War Horns," "The League of the Alps," and an opera, "The Grey Nun."  He is director of the Oratorio Society and of the Philharmonic Orchestra, and has done much to cultivate and elevate local musical taste.
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