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date: 25 August 2019

Davy, Charleslocked

  • Jamie C. Kassler

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(b Norwich, 1722/3; d Onehouse, Suffolk, April 8, 1797). English divine and writer. He was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, and held appointments as rector in East Anglia. About 1766–7 Davy studied music theory with a ‘Mr S.’, whom he hoped would set the texts Davy had written in 1769 for two oratorios, Balaam and Ruth. It is possible that ‘Mr S.’ was Christopher Smear, with whom Davy wrote An Essay upon the Principles and Powers of Vocal and Instrumental Music (GB-Lbl). Proposals to print were issued in 1768 and the Essay was completed in 1772, when Davy requested permission to dedicate it to Charles Burney (the request was declined); but the work never appeared. To gain ‘a just idea of the Grecian music’, Davy had compared the compass of the voice in song with the compass of the voice in speaking; this was published in his ...

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Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1885-1901, suppls., 1901-96)
London, British Library