Charles Villiers Stanford

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England composer, organist, and teacher

  • Born on September 30, 1852 in Dublin, Ireland
  • He learned organ and church music from Robert Stewart and insight into Bach's music from Michael Quarry.
  • 1862 he became a composition student of Arthur O'Leary in London. He also took piano lessons from Ernst Pauer.
  • 1870 he got permission from his father to pursue music as a career
  • 1870 he won an organ scholarship at Queen's College, Cambridge
  • 1871 he also got a classical literature scholarship
  • He composed church music, songs, and orchestral works before entering Cambridge
  • 1873 became the conductor to the Cambridge University Musical Society to assist John Larkin Hopkins
  • 1873 he moved to Trinity College where he was became the organist after John Hopkins died.
  • 1874-1875 he studied in Leipzig, Germany with Reinecke for composition. (He thought this time was unprofitable)
  • 1876 he went and studied with Friedrich Kiel in Berlin, which he enjoyed better.
  • 1877 At Trinity college he continued the tradition of Hopkins in doing regular organ recital series. He invited prominent names such as Walter Parratt, Basil Harwood, Frederick Bridge, and C. H. Lloyd.
  • 1887 he was appointed to be professor of music at Cambridge.
  • 1892 he resigned his organist post at Trinity College
  • 1893 he became the compostion professor at the Royal College of Music and the conductor of the orchestra
  • Among his students there were Howells, and Vaughan Williams
  • He obtained honarary doctorates from Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, and Leeds
  • 1902 he was knighted
  • The 20th century neared the end of his influence. Edward Elgar was more prominent
  • Died in London, England on March 29, 1924 from a stroke

1894-1923 Stanford composed many organ works during this time. His list of works include Chorale Preludes, Fantasia and Toccata, Prelude and fugues, preludes, five sonatas, intermezzo, toccata and fugue, and fantasie and fugue. He likes to use canon technique and imitiation, in his organ works. He also has the manual parts do the same thing in octaves.


For details, see the Charles Villiers Stanford article on Wikipedia. For a list of his organ works see the List of Compositions by Charles Villiers Stanford article on Wikipedia

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