Lang, B(enjamin) J(ohnson)
- Steven Ledbetter
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(b Salem, MA, Dec 28, 1837; d Boston, MA, April 4, 1909).American pianist, conductor, organist, teacher, and composer. After early studies with his father, Benjamin Lang, and Francis G. Hill in Boston, he became organist and choirmaster of a Boston church at the age of 15. He went to Europe in 1855 to study composition in Berlin and piano with Alfred Jaëll and Franz Liszt. He made his first public appearance in Boston immediately after his return in 1858, and from the early 1860s was prominent as a pianist. His fame rested particularly on his abilities as an ensemble performer and accompanist, and he performed regularly with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club. he was also active as a soloist and promoted many new works, including Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto and Brahms’s Second, which he played with the Boston SO (he had been the conductor at the world premiere of the Tchaikovsky concerto in Hans von Bülow’s Boston concert in ...