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Luders, Gustav (Carl)

Luders, Gustav (Carl)

Luders, Gustav (Carl), German-American composer; b. Bremen, Dec. 13, 1865; d. N.Y., Jan. 24, 1913. After studies in Germany, he went to Milwaukee in 1888 and became active as a conductor of popular orchs. and a light opera company, as well as an arranger for the Witmark music publishing firm. In 1889 he went to Chicago as a theater conductor but soon began to compose light stage works. Following successful stagings of The Burgomaster (June 17, 1900) and King Dodo (1901), Luders attained his most popular success with the Boston staging of The Prince of Pilsen (May 1902). Among subsequent works, he had the most success with The Sho-Gun (Chicago, April 4,1904) and Woodland (Boston, April 25, 1904).

Works

dramatic: music t h e a t e r :Little Robinson Crusoe (Chicago, June 21, 1895); The Burgomaster (Chicago, June 17, 1900); King Dodo (Chicago, 1901); The Prince of Pilsen (Boston, May 1902); Mam’selle Napoleon (N.Y., Dec. 8, 1903); The Sho-Gun (Chicago, April 4, 1904); Woodland (Boston, April 25, 1904); A Society Circus (N.Y., Dec. 13,1905); The Grand Mogul (Chicago, Dec. 7, 1906); Marcelle (N.Y., Oct. 1, 1908); The Fair Co-Ed (Boston, 1908); The Old Town (N.Y., Jan. 10, 1910); Ladies’ Day (London, Oct. 4, 1911); The Gypsy (N.Y., Nov. 14, 1912); Somewhere Else (N.Y., Jan. 20, 1913).

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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