Charles King Hall

December 10, 2007

Charles King Hall was born in London on August 17th 1845, and died there on September 1st 1895. An English composer and theoretical writer he was organist successively at St. Paul’s (Camden Square), St. Luke’s, and Christ Church. He wrote “School for the Harmonium”; “Harmonium Primer” (Novello). Hall composed a lot of church-music, many songs, and piano-forte pieces, also numerous operettas for German Reed’s entertainments at St. George’s Hall, among them being Foster-brothers, Doubleday’s Will, and A Tremendous Mystery (operettas by F. C. Burnand); The Artful Automaton, and A Strange Host (operettas by A. Law); Grimstone Grange and A Christmas Stocking (operettas by G A Beckett); The Naturalist (operetta by C. Carr). These were his most popular works.

Albert Lister Peace

December 6, 2007

Albert Lister Peace was born in Huddersfield, England January 26th, 1844. As a precocious pupil of Henry Horn and H. Parratt he was found to be a fine organist, and at just nine years of age he became organist of Holmfirth Parish Church. In 1865 he was appointed organist of Trinity Congregational Church in Glasgow. In 1870 Peace received from the University of Glasgow a bachelors degree in Music, and received his Doctorate in 1875. In 1873 he was organist of Glasgow Cathedral; and in 1897 he succeeded Best as organist of St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, the highest position in the kingdom. He died March 14th 1912 in Liverpool. His main works include, Psalm 138, for choir and orchestra; cantata St. John the Baptist; church-services; anthems; organ-music, including Sonata de Camera No. 1 (D minus), No. 2 (C minus), and No. 3 (G minus); Concert-fantasia on Scotch melodies; Fantasia in B; etc.

Jeremiah Clark

December 4, 2007

Jeremiah Clark was born in London in 1674, and died there December 1st, 1707 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was chorister master of the Chapel Royal in 1693, Almoner and Master of the Children at St. Paul’s, succeeding his master, Dr. Blow in 1704,  and joint-organist with Croft of the Chapel Royal. A hopeless love-affair caused him to take his own life. He was joint-composer of the operas The Island Princess and The World in the Moon and wrote incidental music to several plays. He was the first composer to set to music Dryden’s “Alexander’s Feast” (for St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22nd, 1697), and also wrote a cantata, an ode, anthems, songs, etc.