Johann Ernst Galliard

December 19, 2007

Johann Ernst Galliard was born at Celle, near Hanover, Germany in 1687, and died in London, England in 1749. Galliard was a pupil of A. Steffani at Hanover. A skilful oboist, he went to London in 1706, as chamber-musician to Prince George of Denmark. He succeeded Draghi as organist at Somerset House, and composed industriously. Besides the music to numerous plays, masques, and pantomimes, he wrote cantatas, a Te Deum, a Jubilate, anthems, solos for flute and ‘cello, etc.; and set to music the “Morning Hymn of Adam and Eve,” from Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Hughes’ opera Calypso and Telemachus (1712). He also did some translations.

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