1866–1949

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 2, 1866, Erie, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 12, 1949, Stamford, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Buried: Originally in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; his family moved him to the Erie Ce­me­te­ry, Erie, Penn­syl­van­ia, in the 1990’s.

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Biography

Around 1892, Bur­leigh went to New York Ci­ty and won a au­di­tion for a schol­ar­ship at the Na­tion­al Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, and be­gan stu­dy­ing with An­to­nín Dvoř­ák.

He sang bar­i­tone, but his real gift was in writ­ing: He be­gan com­pos­ing around 1899, com­plet­ing al­most 300 works.:

Works

Burleigh was one of the orig­in­al mem­bers of the Am­er­i­can So­ci­e­ty of Com­pos­ers, Au­thors, and Pub­lish­ers (ASCAP), and joined its board of di­rect­ors in 1941.

Sources

Music