Television and legit composer Mark Bucci, the first winner of the Julliard’s Irving Berlin scholarship, died Aug. 22 in Camp Verde, Ariz., of natural causes. He was 78.
New York City native won the Irving Berlin award donated by Rogers and Hammerstein in 1948 and studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood.
His first original composition for television, ABC’s musical adaptation of James Thurber’s “The Thirteen Clocks,” garnered national attention in 1953. Comissioned musical plays and operas followed, including “The Hero,” for which Bucci won 1966’s Italia Prize and “Tale for a Deaf Ear,” produced by the Berkshire Music Festival and later performed at the City Center Opera. Bucci also published numerous plays and recorded for Epic and Decca Records.
Other credits include “The Dress,” “Sweet Betsy from Pike 1 & 2,” “Games” (sketches for orchestra), “Arioso Barrocco” (for viola), ” The Seasons,” “The Wondrous Kingdom” (choral); published musicals “Cheaper by the Dozen” “Ask Any Girl”, “Our Miss Brooks” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”; and more.
He is survived by a son, grandson and granddaughter.