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date: 16 February 2020

Bristow, George Fredericklocked

  • Delmer D. Rogers


(b Brooklyn, NY, Dec 19, 1825; d New York, Dec 13, 1898). American composer, conductor, teacher and performer. He was the son of William Richard Bristow (1803–67), conductor and clarinettist in the New York area. After piano study with his father, his principal teachers were Henry Christian Timm for piano, George Macfarren for harmony, counterpoint and orchestration, and Ole Bull for the violin.

Bristow began his professional career as a violinist at the age of 13 with the Olympic Theatre orchestra, a group of six that performed in popular musical comedies. He joined the first violin section of the New York Philharmonic SO in its second season of 1843 (not 1842 as reported in other sources) and remained a member until 1879. In the 1850s he performed in and often led the violin section of such notable orchestras as Jullien’s (1853–4) and those that accompanied Jenny Lind (...

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D. Ewen: American Composers: a Biographical Dictionary
Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928-37, suppls., 1944-)