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J. Bunker Clark

(Heinrich Christoph)

(b Eisleben, Germany, Sept 20, 1795; d Philadelphia, Nov 7, 1857). German-American composer, compiler and organist. He studied in Weimar with Hummel, then with Michael Gotthard Fischer in Erfurt, where in about 1822 he published a set of piano variations and four polonaises. He was apparently a court musician near his birthplace, and also served as a musician in the military. He probably arrived in Boston in 1830, when he made his first concert appearance on 13 February, playing the organ and piano and singing in his own works. He became organist for the Handel and Haydn Society in September of the same year. During his years in Boston he held posts as organist at three city churches, and also taught the organ, theory and singing. In 1839 he moved to Philadelphia, where he became organist at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and then at Arch Street Presbyterian Church....