Personalities | (Sir) Charles Hubert Parry | Late Romantic | Classical

English composer

Parry’s precocious musical talents earned him an Oxford music degree while still a schoolboy at Eton. From 1867 he studied with Sterndale Bennett and Macfarren at Oxford, where he became Professor of Music (1900–08); he then succeeded Sir George Grove as director of the Royal College of Music. Although he produced four symphonies and chamber music, Parry excelled in vocal genres: the opera Guinevere (1885–86), several oratorios including Job (1892), and numerous anthems and songs. His expansive, noble melodies and a certain English flavour are exemplified in his Milton setting Blest Pair of Sirens (1887) and the uniquely popular ‘Jerusalem’, a setting of Blake, still sung regularly at the Last Night of the Proms, the BBC Promenade Concerts held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall.

Recommended Recording:
Symphony No. 5, Symphonic Variations, Blest Pair of Sirens etc., London Philharmonic Choir, LPO (cond) Sir Adrian Boult (EMI/Warner)

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