Bellerby, DrEdwardJohnson. Mus.B. (Oxon, 1879), Mus.D. (Oxon, 1895), L.R.A.M.
Studied at York Minster under Dr Edwin George Monk; New College, Oxford.
Assistant organist of York Minster, c1876-80; organist to the 5th Baron Hotham, 1877-78; of Selby Abbey Church, 1879-81; Margate Parish Church, 1881-84; Holy Trinity, Margate, 1884-1914.
b. Pickering, England, Mar. 28th, 1858;
d. Southborough, Apr. 2nd, 1940.
Best, William Thomas. Studied at Carlisle Cathedral under John Norman and Abraham Young.
Organist of the Pembroke Road Chapel, Liverpool, 1840-55; the Church for the Blind, Liverpool, 1847; the Royal Panopticon, Leicester Square, London, 1853-54; Lincoln’s Inn Chapel, 1854; St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, 1855; St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 1855-94; Wallasey Parish Church, Birkenhead, 1860-63; Holy Trinity, Liverpool, 1863; West Derby Parish Church, 1879.
Engaged in 1871 to give recitals at the Royal Albert Hall (stayed for only a short time). Solo Organist at the Handel festival at the Crystal Palace. Opened the organ in Sydney Town Hall, 1890. Was one of the greatest English Organists of his time. Received a Civil List pension of £100 per annum.
Composed church services, anthems, organ pieces, &c.
b. Carlisle, England, Aug. 13th, 1826;
d. Liverpool, May 10th, 1897 (buried in Childwell Churchyard).
Buck, Dudley. Pupil of J. C. Babcock (piano); studied at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut; in Leipzig, 1858-59, with Moritz Hauptmann (composition), Ernst Friedrich E. Richter, Plaidy (piano) and Moscheles (piano); in Dresden, 1860, with J. Schneider (organ) and J. Rietz (instrumentation); in Paris.
Organist of the North Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut, 1862; the Park Church, Hartford, Connecticut, 1862; St. James’, Chicago, Illinois, 1867-71; Boston Music Hall, Massachusetts, 1872-74; St. Paul’s, Boston, Massachusetts, 1872-74; St. Anne’s, Brooklyn, New York, 1875-77; Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, New York, 1877-1902; Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, New York, 1902-03.
Assistant conductor to Theodor Thomas, 1875; founded the Brooklyn Apollo Club; a founder of the American Guild of Organists.
Composed oratorios, operas, anthems, orchestral music, &c.
b. Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A., Mar. 10th, 1839;
d. Orange, New Jersey, Oct. 6th, 1909.
Capocci, Filippo. Pupil of his father; studied at the St. Cecilia Academy, Rome.
Assistant organist of St. John-Lateran’s, Rome, 1873-98; organist there, 1898-.
Taught at the St. Cecilia Academy, Rome.
Composed organ music.
Son of Gaëtano Capocci.
b. Rome, Italy, May 11th, 1840;
d. there, July 25th, 1911.
Elgar, SirEdward William. Hon.Mus.D. (Cantab, 1900); knighted in 1904; order of merit, 1911.
Studied violin with Pollitzer, 1877.
Organist of St. George’s (R.C.), Worcester, 1885-89.
Bandmaster at the County Lunatic Asylum, Worcester, 1879-84; conducted the Worcester Amateur Instrumental Society, 1882; professor of music at Birmingham University, 1905-06; master of the Kings Music, 1924; violinist.
Composed symphonies, cantatas, military marches, overtures, concertos, orchestral, instrumental and choral music, songs, &c.
Son of W. H. Elgarb. Broadheath, near Worcester, England, June 2nd, 1857;
d. Worcester, Feb. 23rd, 1934.
Fumagalli, Polibio. Music at the Milan Conservatory.
Organist of St. Celso’s, Milan.
Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Milan; concert pianist.
Brother of Adolphe Fumagalli.
b. Inzago, Italy, Oct. 26th, 1830;
d. Milan, June 21st, 1900.
Guilmant, Félix Alexandre. Legion of Honour, 1896.
Pupil of his father; and Nicolaus Jacques Lemmens.
Assistant organist at St. Nicholas’, Boulogne, 1849; organist of St. Joseph’s, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1853; St. Nicholas’, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857; St. Sulpice’s, Paris, 1863; Notre-Dame, Paris, 1868; La Trinité, Paris, 1871-1901.
Toured the U.S.A., 1893 and 1897; Europe, 1897-98, 1904-05. Professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory, 1896.
Son of Jean Baptiste Guilmant.
b. Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, Mar. 12th, 1837;
d. Meudon, Mar. 30th, 1911.
Haigh, DrThomas. Mus.B., Mus.D. (Dunelm), A.R.C.M., F.R.C.O.
Assistant organist of Wakefield Cathedral, 1893-94; organist of St. Mary-the-Bolton’s, South Kensington, London, 1896; Ramsgate Parish Church, 1898; St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia, 1927.
b. Wakefield, England, 1875;
d. Sydney, Australia, 1927.
Lemare, EdwinHenry. A.R.A.M., F.R.A.M., F.R.C.O. (1886).
Pupil of his father; won a Goss Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, London, 1876; studied there under Sir G. A. Macfarren, Walter Macfarren, Dr Charles Steggall and Dr Edmund H. Turpin.
Organist of St. Mary’s, Brookfield, Highgate, London; St. John-the-Evangelist’s, Brownswood Park, London, 1882; St. Andrew’s, Cardiff, Wales; the Park Hall, Cardiff; Sheffield Parish Church, England, 1886; the Albert Hall, Sheffield, 1886; Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, London, 1892-95; St. Margaret’s, Westminster, London, 1897-1902; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, U.S.A., 1902-05; at the Pan-America Exposition, San Francisco, 1915; San Francisco City Organist, 1917-20; Portland, Maine, 1920-24; civic organist of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1924-29.
Toured the U.S.A., 1900-01; Australia; New Zealand; Europe.
Designed the organ for Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand; Melbourne Town Hall, Australia.
The finest and most highly paid organ recitalist of his day; popularized Wagnerian operas in England, though his transcriptions of them.
Composed organ pieces, church music, an orchestral symphony, &c.
Son of Edwin Lemare; nephew of Dr William Lemare.
b. Ventnor, Isle-of-Wight, England, Sep. 9th, 1865;
d. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Sep. 24th, 1934.
Lloyd, DrCharles Harford. Mus.B. (Oxon, 1871), B.A. (Oxon, 1872), M.A. (Oxon, 1875), Mus.D. (Oxon, 1892), F.R.C.O.
Studied at Thornbury Grammar School; Rossall School under C. H. Tovey (organ), 1865-68; Magdellen Hall (Hertford College), Oxford.
Organist of Gloucester Cathedral, 1876-82; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 1882-92; Eton College, 1892-1914; Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London, 1917-19.
Conducted the Gloucester Festivals, 1877-80; founder and first president of the Oxford University Musical Club; taught organ and composition at the Royal College of Music, London, 1887-92; precentor of Eton College, 1892-1914; president of the Royal College of Organists, 1902-03.
Composed church music, cantatas, organ pieces, madrigals, part-songs, songs, &c.
b. Thornbury, England, Oct. 16th, 1849;
d. Eton, Oct. 16th, 1919.
Mailly, Alphonse Jean Ernest. Studied at the Brussels Conservatory under C. Girschner (organ) and Nicolaus Jacques Lemmens.
Organist at Cannes.
Professor of piano at the Brussels Conservatory, 1861; professor of organ there, 1868.
Composed organ and piano pieces, &c.
b. Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 27th, 1833;
d. there, Jan. 15th, 1918.
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Jakob Ludwig Felix. Hon.Ph.D. (Leipzig, 1841). Pupil of Berger, Zelter and Hennings; Moscheles, 1824; studied at Berlin University.
Organist. Visited England, 1829; toured Germany, Austria, Italy, and France, 1830-32.
Conducted the Lower Rhine Festival, Düsseldorf, 1833; Cologne, 1835; Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig, 1835; Philharmonic Concerts, London, 1844; a chief organizer of the Leipzig Conservatory, 1843.
Composed oratorios, cantatas, symphonies, incidental music, chamber music, concertos, piano and organ pieces, &c.
Brother of Fanny Hensel.
b. Hamburg, Germany, Feb. 3rd, 1809;
d. Leipzig, Nov. 4th, 1847.
Merkel, Gustav Adolf (Adolph). Studied in Dresden with Julius Otto (counterpoint) and Johann Schneider (organ); pupil of Otto Reissiger (harmony) and Robert Schumann (composition).
Organist of the Waisenhauskirche, Dresden, 1858; the Kreuzkirche, Dresden, 1860; the Catholic Court Church, 1864-85.
Professor of Dresden Conservatory, 1861.
A friend of Robert Schumann.
Composed organ pieces, piano pieces, songs, &c.
Author of an Organ School.
b. Oberoderwitz, near Zittau, Germany, Nov. 12th, 1827;
d. Dresden, Oct. 30th, 1885.
Reger, Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian (1873-1916)
Biography of Max Reger
Reger, Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian. Studied in Weiden with Adalbert Lindner; in Sondershausen with Hugo Reimann, 1890; at the Wiesbaden Conservatory.
Organist of Weiden Cathedral, 1886-89.
Taught at the Wiesbaden Conservatory, 1895-96; music critic with the “Allgemeine Musik-Zeitung”; professor of harmony, counterpoint and organ at the Royal Academy of Music, Munich, 1905-06; conducted the Porges’ Singing Society; taught composition and instrumentation at the Leipzig Conservatory, 1907-16.
Composed orchestral, piano, and organ pieces, songs, chamber music, cantatas, &c.
b. Brand, Kemnath, Germany, Mar. 19th, 1873;
d. Leipzig, May 11th, 1916.
Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel. Pupil of Sebastian Pohly; studied in Feldkirch; at the Royal School of Music, Munich, under Leonhard (piano), Dr J. G. Herzog (organ) and Maier (counterpoint), 1851-58.
Organist of Vaduz Church, 1846-50; the Theattiner Church, Munich, Germany; St. Michael’s, Munich, 1860-66.
Professor of piano at the Royal School of Music, Munich, 1859; theory there, 1860-67; organ there, 1867-1901; conductor of the Royal Chapel Choir, 1877. Composed operas, an oratorio, masses, orchestral pieces, chamber music, piano and organ pieces, &c.
b. Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Mar. 17th, 1839;
d. Munich, Germany, Nov. 25th, 1901.
Ritter, August Gottfried. Studied at the Teachers’ Seminary, Erfurt, 1828; in Erfurt with Andreas Ketschau (piano and violin) and Michael G. Fischer; in Weimar with Johann Nepomuk Hummel (piano and improvisation), 1832-33; in Berlin with Karl Friedrich Rungenhagen (conducting), August W. Bach (organ), Müller and Ludwig Berger (piano and composition).
Organist of St. Andrew’s, Erfurt, 1835-39; the Kauffmans Church, Erfurt, 1839-44; Merseburg Cathedral, 1844-47; Magdeburg Cathedral, 1847-85.
Royal music director, Magdeburg.
Composed organ and orchestral pieces, &c.
b. Erfurt, Germany, Aug. 25th, 1811;
d. Magdeburg, Aug. 26th, 1885.
Speer, Charlton Templeman. A.R.A.M., A.R.C.O., F.R.A.M.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, under George Macfarren (composition), Walter Macfarren (piano) and Steggall (organ), 1873.
Assistant organist of St. Michael’s, Paddington, London, 1876; organist of All Souls, St. John’s Wood, London, 1876-80; St. Paul’s, Bow Common, London, 1880-99; St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sutton, 1899-.
Professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London, 1885-.
Composed operas, &c.
Cousin of Dr William H. Speer.
b. Cheltenham, England, Nov. 21st, 1859;
d. Sutton, Oct. 27th, 1921.
Stanford, SirCharles Villiers. B.A. (Cantab, 1874), D.C.L. (Durham), M.A. (Cantab, 1877), Hon.Mus.D. (Oxon, 1883), Mus.D. (Cantab, 1888), F.R.C.O., knighted, 1903.
Pupil of Arthur O’Leary (composition) and Sir Robert P. Stewart (composition); studied in London with Ernst Pauer (piano); in Leipzig with Dr Karl Reinecke, 1875-76; and Berlin with Friedrich Kiel.
Organ scholar of Queens College, Cambridge, 1870; organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1873-92.
Professor of composition at the Royal College of Music, London, 1883; professor of music at Cambridge University, 1887-1924; conducted the Cambridge Amateur Vocal Guild; the Cambridge University Musical Society, 1873-93; Bach Choir, 1885-1903; the Leeds Philharmonic Society, 1897-; the Leeds Festival, 1903.
Elected Corresponding Member of the Société des Compositeurs de Musique, Paris, 1892.
Composed symphonies, oratorios, operas, cantatas, odes, incidental music, church music, orchestral music, chamber music, organ pieces, songs, piano pieces, &c.
b. Dublin, Ireland, Sep. 30th, 1852;
d. Marylebone, London, England, Mar. 29th, 1924.
Tombelle, BaronFernand Antoine Louis Joseph Gueyrand de la. Studied at the Paris Conservatory under Alexandre Guilmant (organ), Ambroise Thomas, Camille Saint-Saëns and Théodore Dubois (composition).
Assistant organist at La Madeleine, Paris, 1885-98; organist of St. Louis, d’Antin, Paris.
Professor of theory at the Schola Cantorum, Paris, 1896-1904.
Composed orchestral suites, chamber music, songs, organ pieces, &c.
b. Paris, France, Aug. 3rd, 1854;
d. Château-de-Fayrac, Aug. 13th, 1928.
Wolfrum, DrPhilipp. HeidelbergPh.D. (Leipzig, 1890).
Pupil of Wüllner; studied at the School of Music, Munich, 1879-84, under Josef Rheinberger; Leipzig University.
Taught music at the Bamberg Seminary, 1878; Heidelberg University, 1884; music director there, 1894; professor there, 1898.
Composed choral music, piano pieces, songs, &c.
Brother of Karl Wolfrum.
b. Schwarzenbach-am-Wald, Germany, Dec. 17th, 1854;
d. Samaden, May 8th, 1919.
Wolstenholme, William. Mus.B. (Oxon, 1887).
Studied at the College for Blind Sons of Gentlemen, Worcester; pupil of Dr William Done and Sir Edward Elgar (violin); studied at Oxford University, was the only blind musician to have taken a degree in music since John Stanley.
Organist of St. Paul’s, Blackburn, 1888; Kings Weigh House Church, Grosvenor Square, London, 1902; All Saints’, Norfolk Square, London, 1904; All Saints’, St. John’s Wood, London, (where Rev Noel Bonavia-Hunt was the precentor); toured the U.S.A., 1908. A great exponent of extemporization. President of the London Society of Organists, 1925. Composed chamber music, songs, part songs, orchestral pieces, organ music, &c.
b. Blackburn, England, Feb. 24th, 1865;
d. Hampstead, London, July 23rd, 1931.
Yon, Pietro Alessandro. Studied at the Royal Conservatory, Milan, under Polibio Fumagalli; Turin Conservatory; pupil of Remigio Renzi (organ), Sqambati (piano), Roberto Remondi and de Sanctis.
Assistant organist of St. Peter’s, Rome, 1905-07; organist of St. Frances Xavier’s, New York City, 1907-19, 1921-26; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, 1926-43.
Moved to New York, U.S.A.,1907.
Composed a mass, motets, songs, organ pieces, &c.
b. Settimo Vittone, Italy, Aug. 8th, 1886;
d. Huntington, New York, U.S.A., Nov. 22nd, 1943.