C. Hubert H. Parry

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English composer, scholar, and teacher

  • born Bournemouth, 27 Feb 1848
  • 1866 graduated from Eton with a Bmus, after being taught during his school years by Sir George Elvey at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Sir Elvey gave him his first lessons in organ playing.
  • 1866-1870 attended Exeter College, Oxford, where he read law and modern history.
  • 1867 summer studied music in Stuttgart with Henry Hugo Pierson
  • 1870 received his BA from Oxford and took a position with Lloyd's of London
  • 1872 married his childhood sweetheart, Maude Herbert, sister of George, 13th Earl of Pembroke
  • 1870-1877 while working at Lloyd's, Parry continued his music studies, first with William Sterndale Bennett. He applied to study with Brahms but was rejected. He then studied with Edward Dannreuther, a piano virtuoso. With Danreuther, Parry studied keyboard, but gradually shifted to studying contempory music. He studied and was heavily influenced by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, and became a great admirer of Wagner, whom he met on several occasions.
  • 1877 Parry gave up his employment at Lloyd's to become a professional musician. He took a job as a sub-editor for George Grove's new "Dictionary of Music and Musicians," where he contributed more than 100 articles.
  • 1883 became Professor of Music History at the newly founded Royal Conservatory of Music.
  • 1890's Parry achieved such national renown that he was considered the unofficial "composer laureate." Due to his skills, his social prominence, and his forceful personality, Parry revitalized classical music in England during a period when it was in decline.
  • 1894 succeeded Grove as director of the Royal Conservatory.
  • 1898 knighted in recognition of his services to British music.
  • 1900 appointed Heather Professor of Music at Oxford
  • 1902 Parry was made a baronet
  • 1908 forced to give up his Oxford chair due to worsening heart trouble.
  • died Rustington, Sussex, 7 Oct 1918

Also Oxford Music Online (from Grove's): http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.erl.lib.byu.edu/subscriber/article/grove/music/20949?q=hubert+parry&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit

For details, see the Hubert Parry article on Wikipedia.

List of Organ Works[edit]

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Title Year
"I Was Glad," official coronation anthem beginning with King Edward VII, for choir and organ 1902
Grand Fugue with 3 subjects in G Major 1865
Fantasia and Fugue in G Major 1877-1912
Chorale Preludes, set 1 1911-1912
3 Chorale Fantasias 1911-1914
Toccata and Fugue, "The Wanderer" 1912-1918
Elegy (for the funeral of the 14th Earl of Pembroke 1913
Chorale Preludes, set 2 1915
Op. ?? Title year

Note: Parry's organ works do not have Opus numbers assigned to them.

Background and General Perspectives on Performing These Organ Works[edit]

Parry was trained on the organ during his school days at Eton. His composition was heavily influenced by the German romantic composers: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Wagner. He composed heavily for choir and for orchestra in addition to his keyboard compositions. Many of his works exhibit a cyclic form, and he adds his own original touches to traditional forms such as Sonata or Fugue. His works are largely diatonic in nature, although Parry makes heavy use of diminished 7ths and chromatic progressions.

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Scores and Editions[edit]

Fantasy and Fugue in G major: http://imslp.org/wiki/Fantasia_and_Fugue,_Op.188_(Parry,_Charles_Hubert_Hastings)

Chorale Preludes: http://imslp.org/wiki/Chorale_Preludes_(Parry,_Charles_Hubert_Hastings)

Elegy: http://imslp.org/wiki/Elegy_(Parry,_Charles_Hubert_Hastings)

I Was Glad: http://imslp.org/wiki/I_was_Glad_(Parry,_Charles_Hubert_Hastings)


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Free Online[edit]

Hubert Parry - Organ Chorale Preludes - Dundee / Christe, Redemptor , performed by John Peace

Hubert Parry: I was glad, performed by Robert Smith

Fantasia and Fugue in G - Sir Hubert Parry, performed by Roger Sayer

Chorale Prelude (from set 1) on Christe, Redemptor Omnium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTGN4KgC8EY

Chorale Prelude (from set 1) on Old 104th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B51_mQrtFik

Elegy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjiAT_Jj1A8

I Was Glad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8GJ2CWjQSc

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