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date: 17 November 2019

Gadsby, Henry (Robert)locked

  • George Grove
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(b Hackney, London, Dec 15, 1842; d Putney, London, Nov 11, 1907). English organist and composer. While a boy chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral (1849–58) he was taught harmony by the vicar-choral, William Bayley (1810–58). He was organist of St Peter’s, Brockley, for some time up to 1884, when he succeeded Hullah as professor of harmony at Queen’s College, London. He was also one of the original professors at the Guildhall School of Music, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a member of the Philharmonic Society. His works, many of them published, include cantatas (Alice Brand, 1870; The Lord of the Isles, 1879; Columbus, 1881; The Cyclops, 1890), dramatic music (Alcestis, 1876; Andromache, 1893; Aminta, 1897), an organ concerto, symphonies in D (Festal Symphony, 1888), A and C, overtures, a string quartet (1875), anthems and songs. He also wrote some sight-singing exercises, and his treatise on harmony (...

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