Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 23 February 2020

Barnett, Johnlocked

  • Nicholas Temperley
  •  and Nigel Burton


(b Bedford, 1/July 15, 1802; d Leckhampton, April 16, 1890). English composer. E.F. Rimbault (Obituary, MT, xxxi, 1890, p.285) is alone in giving his date of birth as 1 July 1802. Barnett's father, Bernhard Beer, was a Prussian diamond merchant of Jewish extraction who is said to have been a cousin of Meyerbeer; on settling in England he changed his surname to Barnett. His mother, a Hungarian, died while he was a child. As a small boy John ‘sang like a bird’; in later childhood his fine alto voice attracted much attention. At the age of 11 he was articled to S.J. Arnold, proprietor of the Lyceum Theatre, London, making his first stage appearance in The Shipwreck on 22 July 1813, and he continued to sing on the stage until 1818. He studied the piano with Ries, Pérez and Kalkbrenner, and composition with William Horsley and C.E. Horn....

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

New Haven (CT), Yale University, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Boston, Public Library, Music Department
F. Stieger: Opernlexikon
Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1885-1901, suppls., 1901-96)
London, British Library
J.D. Brown and S.S. Stratton: British MusicalBiography
Monthly Musical Record
Edinburgh, University Library, Main Library
G. Grove, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1878, 1880, 1883, 1899)
Musical Times
Musical Antiquary
A. Loewenberg: Annals of Opera, 1597-1940
A. Nicoll: The History of English Drama, 1660-1900 (Cambridge, 1952-9)
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera
C. Dahlhaus and S. Döhring, eds.: Pipers Enzyklopädie des Musiktheaters (Munich and Zürich, 1986-97)
J.H. Sainsbury: A Dictionary of Musicians