Personalities | (Sir) Charles Villiers Stanford | Late Romantic | Classical

British composer

Born in Dublin where he studied the organ, Stanford moved to London at the age of 10 to study the piano with Ernst Pauer. At Cambridge he was organist of Trinity College (1873–92) and founder-conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, where he gave the premieres of many of Brahms’ works. He also studied in Leipzig and Berlin. From the 1880s onwards he taught at the RCM, where his students included Vaughan Williams, and from 1888 was a professor at Cambridge. In addition to his still-popular Anglican liturgical music and part-songs, several of his 10 operas, including The Canterbury Pilgrims (1884), achieved success. Stanford frequently drew on Irish folk music, an interest reflected in many orchestral works including the ‘Irish’ Symphony (1887) and in his folksong editions.

Recommended Recording:
Clarinet Concerto in A Minor, op. 80, Thea King, Philharmonia (cond) Alun Francis (Hyperion)

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