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Henry Thacker Burleigh

Burleigh, Henry Thacker (bûrˈlē) [key], 1866–1949, American baritone and composer, b. Erie, Pa.; pupil of Dvořák at the National Conservatory, New York, where he later taught. He was soloist at St. George's Church, New York City, from 1892 to 1946 and also at Temple Emanu-El for 25 years. His concert arrangements of black American spirituals such as Deep River, employing chromatic harmonies in the style of art songs, are widely used.

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