Duggan, Joseph Francis


He was born in Dublin, and early in life removed to the United States, and became accompanist at the Italian Opera in New York. He was afterwards the musical conductor of an opera company under John Wilson and of a German opera company. He became a teacher in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, and was principal of the Philadelphia Musical Institute, in 1841. He also resided in Paris, as pianist and teacher, from 1844 to 1845, and also lived in Edinburgh. Settling in London a few years later he became musical director of the Marylebone Theatre (1854) and later professor of singing at the Guildhall School of Music. Among his works are the operas, Pierre, produced in London in 1853, and Leonie, produced the next year. He composed several operas, which are in manuscript, and also wrote a number of piano-pieces; a set of thirteen songs; two symphonies in C and E flat; and six string quartets. He is the author of a musical text-book and translated Albrechtsberger's Science of Music and Fetis' Counterpoint and Fugue.