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date: 20 November 2019

Burdett, George Albertlocked

  • John C. Schmidt

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(b Boston, MA, June 17, 1856; d Dennis Port, MA, March 25, 1943). American conductor, composer, and organist. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1877 and from Harvard summa cum laude in 1881, where he led the Glee Club. He began studies for a PhD in music and traveled to Europe in 1882, but had to abandon his degree plans and return the next year because of poor health. Back in Boston, he entered a career in finance, from which he retired in 1895, devoting himself to teaching, conducting, lecturing, and composing. He was a founder of the American Guild of Organists and served as organist for several Boston-area churches, including the Harvard Church, Brookline; Central Church, Boston; and First Unitarian Society, Newton. Burdett was a member of the visiting committee to the Department of Music at Harvard (1906–20), and served in similar capacities to the New England Conservatory of Music and Wellesley College. His compositions included choral music (chiefly for church use), songs, and organ works. Many of his articles were published in journals such as the ...

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