Olivia Buckley

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Olivia Buckley, 1827 This is the position illustration from the 1823 Bochsa méthode, not a portrait of Olivia Dussek...

Olivia Francisca Buckley née Dussek (1799–1847)[1] was an English harpist, organist and composer. She was born in London, the daughter of Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek and Scottish composer Sophia Corri.[2] Dussek left his wife, and Olivia was taught harp and piano by her mother, making her debut at the age of eight at the Argyle Rooms. She married Richard William Buckley and had ten children.[1]

Buckley taught music, and around 1840 became organist at Kensington parish church. She used the pen name O. B. Dussek for the publication of her music.[3]


Buckley composed for harp and vocal works. Selected compositions include:

  • The third Royal Infant opera, composed for Their Royal Highnesses Prince Alfred & Princess Alice
  • The Harpist's Friend, collection
  • Fairy Songs and Ballads for the Young, collection


  1. ^ a b  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Dussek, Sophia" . Dictionary of National Biography. 16. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 268.
  2. ^ Brown, Clive (2006). Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography.
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 30 January 2011.