Bucci, Mark, American composer; b. N.Y., Feb. 26, 1924. He attended St. John’s Univ. in N.Y. (1941–42); after private training in composition from Serly (1942–45), he continued his studies with Jacobi and Giannini at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (B.S., 1951) and with Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. In 1953–54 and 1957–58 he held Guggenheim fellowships. His modern, lyrical style is particularly effective in his stage works.
DRAMATIC: Opera : The Boor (N.Y., Dec. 29, 1949); The Dress (N.Y., Dec. 8, 1953); Sweet Betsy from Pike (N.Y., Dec. 8, 1953); Tale for a Deaf Ear (Tanglewood, Aug. 5, 1957); The Hero (N.Y., Sept. 24, 1965); Midas (1981). Musicals: Caucasian Chalk Circle (1948); The Thirteen Clocks (1953); The Adamses (1956); Time and Again (1958); The Girl from Outside (1959); Chain of Jade (1960); Pink Party Dress (1960); The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1960); Cheaper by the Dozen (1961); Johnny Mishuga (1961); Our Miss Brooks (1961); The Best of Broadway (1961); Ask Any Girl (1967); Second Coming (1976). Incidental Music To: Cadenza (1947); Elmer and Lily (1952); Summer Afternoon (1952); The Western (1954); The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice (1969). other:Film scores; Concerto for Kazoo and Orch. (1959; N.Y., March 26, 1960; renamed Concerto for a Singing Instrument)’, Flute Concerto; choral music; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire