Charles-Vilfride de Beriot

February 12, 2008

Charles-Vilfride de Beriot, son of the famous violinist Charles, was born in Paris, France, on February 12th 1835. An accomplished pianist, he was a pupil of Thalberg (1855). Later he became professor of pianoforte at the Paris Conservatory. Some of his works include the Symphonic poem “Fernand Cortez”; several overtures; three pianoforte concertos; “Operas sans paroles” for pianoforte and violin; a Fantasie-Ballet for violin; a septet; two pianoforte quartets; a pianoforte trio; Sonata for pianoforte and flute; and about 60 compositions for pianoforte. Co-author with his father of “Methode d’accompagnement.”

Edward Collett May

February 8, 2008

Edward Collett May was a celebrated organist and singing-teacher, born in Greenwich, England, October 29th 1806; he died at London, January 2nd 1887. A pupil of Thomas Adams, C. Potter, and Crivelli, he was organist of Greenwich Hospital, 1837-69; and professor of vocal music at Queen’s College, London. A disciple of Hullah, he taught in numerous schools and private classes, doing much to popularize singing among the masses. May published “Progressive Vocal Exercises for Daily Practice” (in 1853), and various songs.