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Henry R. Gadsby (1842-1907) fut
organiste et compositeur.
Gadsby est l'auteur des paroles du recueil (publié en 1895) de musiques maçonniques préparé par Hanforth pour sa Loge The White Rose of York, 2491, mais aussi de certaines des partitions qui y figurent, comme celle-ci.
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GADSBY, HENRY ROBERT (1842-1907), musician, born at Hackney on 15 Dec. 1842, was son of William Gadsby. From 1849 to 1858 he was a chorister boy at St. Paul's at the same time as Sir John Stainer (Mus. Times, May 1901). He learnt rudimentary harmony under Mr. W. Bayley, the choirmaster, but was otherwise self-taught. In 1863 he became a teacher of the piano, the writer being one of his first pupils. Having also taught himself the organ, he became organist of St. Peter's, Brockley, holding this appointment till 1884. He succeeded John Hullah as professor of harmony at Queen's College, London, and Sir William Cusins as professor of pianoforte there. In 1880 he was appointed one of the original professors (of harmony) at the Guildhall School of Music, where he taught till his death. A member of the Philharmonic and other musical societies and fellow of the College of Organists, he was a well-known figure in the musical world. His published works include the following choral and orchestral cantatas : 'Psalm 130' (1862) ; 'Alice Brand' (1870) ; 'The Lord of the Isles' (Brighton Festival, 1879); 'Columbus' (male voices, 1881); 'The Cyclops ' (male voices, 1883) ; music to 'Alcestis ' (1876) and to Tasso's 'Aminta' (for Queen's College, 1898). Other instrumental works were a concert overture, 'Andromeda ' (1873), an organ concerto in F, and a string quartet. Unpublished works include three other orchestral preludes, which have been performed : 'The Golden Legend,' 'The Witches' Frolic,' and 'The Forest of Arden.' Numerous part-songs, services, and anthems were printed, as well as 'A Treatise on Harmony' (1883) and 'A Technical Method of Sight-singing' (1897), which are useful text-books. Gadsby was a typical Victorian composer, whose works were always well received and never heard a second time. An earnest musician, whose mission in life was to teach others to be like himself, he died on 11 Nov. 1907 at 53 Clarendon Road, Putney, and was buried in Putney Vale cemetery. His widow died shortly after him, leaving two daughters.
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Gadsby, Henry Robert 1842-1907 This organist and composer, a late representative of the modern English school, was born in London; was a choir-boy in St. Paul's Cathedral from 1849 to 1858, where he studied to some extent under William Bayley, the choirmaster, but was afterward self-taught. After holding several different positions as organist, up to 1884, he succeeded John Hullah as professor of harmony in Queen's College, London, and in 1893, after Cusins' death, became also professor of piano and director of musical studies there. He was also a professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London, a member of the Philharmonic Society, and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Organists. His compositions include the following: The cantatas, Alice Brand, Lord of the Isles, Columbus, and The Cyclops; and the three overtures, to The Golden Legend, to Andromeda, and to The Witches' Frolic. For orchestra are three symphonies, one of which, the Festal, was written for the Queen's Jubilee, and produced in 1888 at the Crystal Palace; a suite, The Forest of Arden; an intermezzo and scherzo; an organ concerto; a string quartet; an andante and rondo for piano and flute; and incidental music to several plays, including Alcestis, Andromache, and Tasso's Aminta. He also wrote songs and part-songs, but it is his church-music that made his reputation. This includes a number of anthems, various services, and other works, including a Magnificat and Nunc dimittis with orchestral accompaniment. He also wrote a book of sight-reading exercises and a treatise on harmony. Riemann ranks Gadsby among the most important English composers of modern times. J. D. Brown speaks of his works as " broad in design and careful in execution," and places The Lord of the Isles first among them.