Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 22 January 2020

Stanford, Sir Charles Villierslocked

  • Jeremy Dibble

Extract

(b Dublin, Sept 30, 1852; d London, March 29, 1924). British composer, teacher and conductor. A prodigiously gifted musician of great versatility, he, along with Parry and Mackenzie, did much to forge the new standards of the so-called ‘renaissance’ in British music at the end of the 19th century. As a composer he brought a technical brilliance to almost all genres, though success in opera, in which he aspired to excel, generally eluded him until the end of his life. In spite of his stature as a composer (particularly in the province of church music), he is perhaps best known as a teacher of several generations of British composers who passed through his hands at the RCM and Cambridge University.

The only child of John James Stanford, one of Dublin's most eminent lawyers, and his second wife, Mary (née Henn), who also originated from a distinguished Irish legal family, Stanford grew up in a highly stimulating cultural and intellectual environment made up of his father's friends, most of whom emanated from the ecclesiastical, medical or judicial professions. His home, at 2 Herbert Street, was the meeting-place of numerous amateur and professional musicians – his father, a capable singer and cellist, among them – and on various occasions celebrities such as Joachim came to the house....

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Please subscribe to access the full content.

H. C. Colles, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (3/1927)
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Cambridge, University Library
London, Royal Academy of Music, Library
London, British Library
Music & Letters
Dublin, National Library of Ireland
Musical Opinion
Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies
Cambridge, Pendlebury Library of Music
Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1885-1901, suppls., 1901-96)
see SMH
Monthly Musical Record
Cambridge, Trinity College, Library
G. Grove, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1878, 1880, 1883, 1899)
Music Review
London, Royal College of Music, Library
Musical Quarterly
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera
Proceedings of the Musical Association
Musical Times
A. Loewenberg: Annals of Opera, 1597-1940
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung