Carl Busch

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Born: 1862

Died: 1943


Carl Busch was born in Bjerre, on Jutland, Denmark. He learned to play the flute, violin, and cello and earned a scholarship to the conservatory in Brussels. He went to Paris and associated with Charles Gounod, Benjamin Godard, and Camille Saint-Saëns. After a brief time back in Denmark, he moved to the United States, settling in Kansas City, Missouri. He was active as teacher, conductor, and composer, often associated with the Indianist movement in American composition. He taught at the Kansas City-Horner Conservatory, and was one of the first faculty members of the University of Kansas City. He was director of the Philharmonic Choral Society and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He died in Kansas City.

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