Biography of W. F. Sudds
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Sudds, W. F., Gouverneur, was born in London, Eng., in 1843, and at the age of seven years came to this country with his parents, who located on a farm near Gouvernear. His fondness for music was evinced very early in life and at the age of fifteen he was a self instructed performer on the violin, guitar, flute, cornet and violoncello. The purity of his musical taste was remarkable, as was also his insight into the principles of harmony, and his deep interest in church music, although at that time possessing neither piano nor organ. A year or two later, through the kindness of a friend, he was permitted to practice the piano and eagerly walked three miles after his day's work on the farm, in order to avail himself of the priviliges. His first regular piano lessons were from a French professor in New Orleans, while a convalescent soldier in an army hospital in 1864. In 1873 he was a pupil at the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying the organ with Eugene Thayer, and the violin and composition under Julius Eichburg, who gave him much encouragement and foresaw his future success. It was not until six years ago that he fairly entered the field as a composer, since which time his progress has been as rapid as it has been well merited, furnishing a practical refutation to the fallacy that good music cannot become popular. He is not only a composer but a music dealer and teacher, keeping a well zppointed music store with studio adjoining, is organist of the First Baptist church of Gouverneur, and was, until recently, in charge of the musical department of the Gouverneur Seminary. He still teaches, but cannot accept all his applications owing to the growing demands from his publishers. Mr. Sudds is located at Gouverneur." The above is taken from the Philadelphia Musical Journal of 1881. Since that date his success has been marked; his compositions, more and more eagerly sought for by American and foreign publishers, now include works in nearly all fields of musical composition, viz.: piano solos, piano duets, piano trios, violin and piano, cello and piano, and orchestra, a few songs, five or six volumes of anthems well known to nearly every church choir in the United States, instruction books for piano, violin and organ. Mr. Sudds no longer desires to teach, but is still prevailed upon to accept a few advanced pupils. Unlike the average prominent musician, he is also a business man of conservative and reliable judgment.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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