- James M. Burk
(b Sipperfeld, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, July 22, 1840; d St. Louis, MO, Dec 3, 1923). American pianist, publisher, and composer of German origin. He came to the USA with his father and brother, Jacob (1846–82), in 1848, and settled in Cincinnati. He studied with Thalberg and Gottschalk, and played duets with Gottschalk in the latter’s recitals; he also played duets with his brother. In 1868 the Kunkel brothers moved to St. Louis, where they established a music store, publishing business, and the periodical, Kunkel’s Music Review (1878–1906), which included articles and sheet music. Kunkel founded the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in 1872 and Kunkel’s Popular Concerts (1884–1900). He also wrote piano works, including Alpine Storm, songs, and a comic opera, A Welch Rarebit (1901).E.C. Krohn: “Charles Kunkel and Louis Moreau Gottschalk,” Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society, 21 (1965), 284...