Busch, Carl (Reinholdt)

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Busch, Carl (Reinholdt)

Busch, Carl (Reinholdt), Danish-American conductor and composer; b. Bjerre, March 29, 1862; d. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 19, 1943. He studied at the Royal Cons. in Copenhagen with Hartmann and Gade (1882–85), at the Brussels Cons. (1885), and with Godard in Paris (1886). In 1887 he went to Kansas City, where he was active as founder-conductor of the Sym. Orch. (1911–18); he also appeared as a guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Europe and was active as a teacher in Chicago, Salt Lake City, and South Bend, Ind. He received knighthoods from the kings of Denmark and Norway. A number of his compositions dealt with American subjects, most notably the American Indian.


orch.:Sym. (1898); 6 suites (1890–1928); 2 rhapsodies (1897); 14 pieces for Strings (1897–1918); 4 symphonic poems (1898–1924); Cello Concerto (1919).chambers string trios (1893–1926); String Quartet (1897); Violin Sonata (1897); 44 string solos (1893–1926); 8 woodwind solos (1893–1940); 24 string etudes (1909); 26 pieces for Woodwind Ensemble (1930–3).vocal: 22 cantatas (1894–1929); numerous choral works; many songs. other: Band music.


M. Barney, Sir C. B.(Kansas City, Mo., 1942); D. Lowe, Sir C. B.: His Life and Work as a Teacher, Conductor, and Composer (diss., Univ. of Mo., 1972).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire