Arthur Duff


Birthday March 13, 1899

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Birthplace Ireland

DEATH DATE Sep 23, 1956 (57)

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Irish composer and conductor known for his short orchestral pieces, including "Echoes of Georgian Dublin," which was inspired by Handel. His play "Cadenza in Black" premiered at the Gate Theatre in 1937.

Before Fame

He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Charles Herbert Kitson. His original plans included ministry with the Church of Ireland, but he eventually decided against religious-oriented studies.


He was a bandmaster in the Army School of Music after joining the Irish Army in 1923. He would resign from the Army in 1931.

Family Life

He married Emma Ferris, who was the daughter of the United States Consul General in Ireland, in 1929. They had a daughter, Sylvia, in October 1930.

Associated With

He wrote incidental music for many plays staged at the Abbey Theatre, including works by Denis Johnston and William Butler Yeats.