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Biography of John E. West
West, John Ebenezer William. F.R.A.M., F.R.C.O. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, under Sir Frederick Bridge (organ) and Dr Ebenezer Prout.
Organist of St. Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate, London; St. Mary’s, Berkeley Square, London, 1884-91; South Hackney Parish Church, 1891-; All Saints’, London.
Musical staff member of Novellos, 1885; musical advisor there, 1897; editor of Novello’s Old English Organ Series. .
Composed cantatas, services, anthems, incidental music, organ pieces songs, &c.
Author of “Cathedral organists, past and present”, 1899.
Son of William West; nephew of Dr Ebenezer Prout.
b. South Hackney, London, England, Dec. 7th, 1863;
d. Westminster, London, Feb. 28th, 1929.
Gounod, Charles François. Studied at the Paris Conservatory under Halévy (counterpoint), Paër (composition) and Lesueur (composition), 1836, winning the Grand Prix de Rome, 1839.
Organist at the Missions Étrangères, Paris; of St. Cloud’s, Paris.
Conducted the Paris Orphéon, 1852-60. Composed oratorios, masses, operas, cantatas, songs, orchestral pieces, &c.
b. Paris, France, June 17th, 1818;
d. St. Cloud, Oct. 18th, 1893.
Schumann, Robert Alexander. Ph.D. (Jena, 1840).
Studied at the Zwickau Gymnasium, 1820-28; Leipzig University, (for law), 1828; in Leipzig with Friedrich Wieck (piano).
Organist of St. Mary’s, Zwickau.
Settled in Dresden, 1844-50.
Taught at the Leipzig Conservatory, 1843; town director of music, Düsseldorf, 1850-53; conducted the Lower Rhine Festival, 1853.
Permanently crippled one of his fingers with a device he had invented to keep it straight whilst he was playing the piano; he tried to commit suicide by jumping into the Rhine, but was saved by a boatman, 1854, afterwards was committed to an asylum near Bonn.
Composed symphonies, concertos, overtures, chamber music, piano pieces, &c.
Husband of Clara Schumann.
b. Zwickau, Germany, June 8th, 1810;
d. Endenich, near Bonn, July 29th, 1856 (insane).