Sidney Lanier letter to Dudley Buck

Sidney Lanier letter to Dudley Buck

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
Title: Sidney Lanier letter to Dudley Buck
Dates: 1876 September 21
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 3725 to MS 3727)
Coll. Number: ms3726(m).TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881) was an American poet, musician, novelist and composer was born in Macon, Georgia. He joined the Macon Volunteers in the Civil War and was captured in 1864. While in prison in Maryland he developed tuberculosis, which caused him poor health the rest of his life.

Dudley Buck (1839-1909) was an American composer and organist.

Scope and Content Note

This letter references the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa. which included a choral cantata entitled "The Centennial Meditation of Columbus, 1776-1876," with music by Dudley Buck and words by Sidney Lanier. In this letter dated September 21, 1876, Lanier tells Buck that he heard the cantata at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia conducted by [Theodore] Thomas with a chorus of four hundred. He gives his opinion of the performance and also mentions his "continual illness" affecting his work.

Index Terms

Poets, American--Georgia--Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Sidney Lanier letter to Dudley Buck, MS 3726. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from David Schulson Autographs.

Related Material

For related materials in the Hargrett Library see also: Sidney Lanier letters, MS 646; Sidney Lanier letter to Mr. Scribner, MS 2650; Sidney Lanier poem, MS 1425; Sidney Lanier poem, "The Power of Prayer," MS 1320.

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