Sudds, William F.



Composer, publisher and teacher; born in London, England. When he was about seven years old his parents came to America and settled near Gouverneur, N. Y. As a boy he taught himself to play the cornet, flute, guitar and violin, and learned a little about piano-playing. During the Civil War he was in the army, and in 1864, in New Orleans, he took his first music lessons. In 1873 he entered the Boston Conservatory of Music, as a student of composition and violin under Julius Eichberg, and of organ with Eugene Thayer. At Gouverneur, N. Y., he is now a teacher and organist at the First Baptist Church. He has published Anthem Gems; National Guide to Reed Organ-Playing; Part-song Galaxy; Parlor Organ Treasury; Quartet Choir Collection; and National School for Piano. Among his compositions are four overtures for orchestra; The Merry Chanter; The Viking's Daughter; many pieces for piano, and songs.