A New York native who was honored early on as the first recipient of Juilliard's Irving Berlin scholarship, composer Marc Bucci crafted memorable tunes for both stage and television. Studying with Aaron Copland after winning the award in 1948, Bucci initially moved into television with his composition for the 1953 ABC production of James Thurber's The Thirteen Clocks. Subsequently moving on to operas and musical plays, Bucci received a 1966 Italia Prize for The Hero and would later perform at the City Center Opera. The sometimes playwright would also publish multiple plays in addition to recording for Epic and Decca Records. On August 22, 2002, Marc Bucci died of natural causes in Camp Verde, AZ. He was 78.