William Busch

William Busch (24 June 1901 – 30 January 1945) was a British composer and musician. Born in London, England to German parents, Busch studied music in London, Berlin and the United States. Composition teachers included John Ireland and Bernard van Dieren; and he learned piano performance from Mabel Lander, Leonid Kreutzer, Wilhelm Backhaus and Egon Petri.

He worked as a concert pianist, before devoting himself more to music composition. He composed a piano concerto, piano quartet, and a cello concerto. He corresponded regularly with fellow composer Gerald Finzi during the latter 1930s about the policies of Adolf Hitler against Jews in Germany. His pacifism during World War II resulted in decreased reception for his works during this time.

Busch died in 1945 in Woolacombe, North Devon, England. Music critic John Amis wrote that his works would have a lasting legacy due to their value. His compositions were performed in 2010 at a music festival in Ludlow, Shropshire, where he was compared to Muriel Herbert and Martin Shaw. Raphael Wallfisch released an album in 2014 featuring his compositions. Provided by Wikipedia
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