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date: 14 July 2020

Hadden, J(ames) Cuthbertlocked

  • Jean Mary Allan
  • , revised by Ruzena Wood


(b Banchory-Ternan, Kincardine, Sept 9, 1861; d Edinburgh, May 2, 1914). Scottish organist and writer on music. His first post, with Routledge, the publisher, gave him the opportunity to study music in his spare time, in particular the organ. Returning to Aberdeen by 1882, he held appointments there, then in Crieff (1884) and finally at St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh (1889), where he was one of the first organists in Scotland to hold special musical services on Sunday evenings.

He was a naturally gifted writer, with a clear, vigorous style, and was a sound scholar. His first two biographies, of Handel and Mendelssohn (both 1888), were favourably received. Other books followed, notably those on Haydn and Chopin, commissioned by Dent for the first series of the Master Musicians. His outstanding work, likely to be the most long-lived, is George Thomson, the Friend of Burns...

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