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date: 02 July 2020

Lang, Benjamin Johnsonlocked

(28 December 1837–03 April 1909)
  • Barbara Owen


Lang, Benjamin Johnson (28 December 1837–03 April 1909), organist, pianist, and choral conductor, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Lang, a piano teacher and church organist, and Hannah B. Learock. His first teacher was his father, and he later studied with F. G. Hill in Boston. At the age of fifteen he became organist and choir director of the Somerset St. Baptist Church in Boston, but in 1855, at the age of eighteen, he joined the growing number of young American musicians studying in Europe. There he studied first in Paris with Alfred Jaëll and Gustav Satter and later in Weimar with Franz Liszt, of whom he said, “He was most generous in his artistic advice, which always was given gratis.”...

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