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Born William Jennings Bryan Weber, "Gentle Ben" (long before there was a like-named television bear) received early piano instruction, and later on, vocal training at De Paul University in Chicago -- after quitting pre-med studies at the University of Illinois. At De Paul he concentrated on music theory, but was otherwise a self-taught composer who took Schoenberg's Six Piano Pieces, Op. 19, as his point of departure. Early Chicago works, including several for his friend, cellis... Read more

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