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date: 22 January 2020

Corder, Fredericklocked

  • John Warrack
  •  and Rosemary Williamson


(b London, Jan 26, 1852; d London, Aug 21, 1932). English conductor, translator, composer and teacher. After studying at the RAM (1873–5), he went to Cologne on a Mendelssohn scholarship to study with Ferdinand Hiller (1875–8), later moving on to Milan (1878–9); on his return he became conductor at the Brighton Aquarium (1880–82) where he greatly improved the standard of the concerts. Unable to support himself by composition, he turned to literary work, often in collaboration with his wife Henrietta Louisa (née Walford). The most famous of the collaborations signed H. and F. Corder were their pioneering English translations of Wagner, which did much to spread an appreciation in England of the composer Corder admired above all others. Their first translation, Parsifal (1879), reflects much of the manner of Wagner’s original, but misses the complexity and subtlety of a drama whose real depths of meaning they hardly discerned. The ...

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