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date: 17 August 2019

Mounsey, Ann (Sheppard) [Mrs Mounsey Bartholomew]locked

  • Jane A. Bernstein

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(Sheppard) [Mrs Mounsey Bartholomew]

( b London, April 17, 1811; d London, June 24, 1891). English composer, organist and teacher . At the age of six she became the pupil of Johann Bernhard Logier. In 1820 she attracted the interest of Spohr, who published her harmonization of a melody in his autobiographical account of a visit to Logier’s academy. She later studied with Samuel Wesley and Thomas Attwood. In 1828 she was appointed organist at Clapton and four years later became an associate of the Philharmonic Society. Her earliest known work was the ballad Mary meet me there (1832). In 1843 she gave the first of six series of Classical Concerts, at Crosby Hall, London. She became a friend of Mendelssohn and on 8 January 1845 gave the première of his anthem Hear my prayer, composed for her Classical Concerts. In 1853 she married William Bartholomew, a translator and adapter of librettos for Mendelssohn, and in the same year composed the oratorio ...

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