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Denni, Lucien, 1886-1947



  • Existence: December 23, 1886 - August 19, 1947


Lucien Denni was born in Nancy, France December 23, 1886. He moved to the United States during the early 1900’s. He married Martha Gwynne Denni (ca.1882-1949), who worked alongside Denni in many of his compositions.

For a period, Denni lived in Kansas City, MO, where he played at the Pennant Café with his orchestra. He also created the Lucien Denni Music Company with the purpose of publishing sheet music. For example, Denni’s music publishing company published Dream Love's Dream, I'll Build An Island For Love, In My Persian Garden, Love Me In The Good Old-Fashioned Way, Ragtime In Colonial Days, and Dinah Lee.

He composed An Old Fashioned Love Song, Love Boquet [sic], The Nation’s Awakening, Suppose The Rose Were You, Ocean Roll, Ragapation, Forgotten Perfumes, and among other notable works.

Lucien Denni died August 19, 1947, in Hermosa Beach, California.

Source: Kansas City Sheet Music Collection. 2006. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO. 27 May 2008

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

American Composers Collection

Identifier: MS-0078
Scope and Contents

The American Composers Collection includes material related to over 150 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items. Material varies with composer, from a single item to several folders. The collection was amassed from various donations to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before being given to the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections. Provenance is noted when known.

Dates: 1813 - 2006

Lucien Denni, undated

Scope and Contents

See also the MacDowell Colony Collection

Dates: undated

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