Cornell, John Henry
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(b New York, May 8, 1828; d New York, March 1, 1894). American organist, composer, and pedagogue. In 1848, Cornell began his musical career as organist at St. John’s Chapel (part of Trinity Parish in New York), where he remained for less than a year; he later returned to Trinity Parish as organist of St. Paul’s Chapel (1868–77), then at the Brick Church (1877–82). During the intervening two decades (1848–68), Cornell converted to Catholicism, entered (but left) a religious order in Baltimore, and pursued travels abroad in England, Holland, and Germany. Upon returning to New York, Cornell began writing music theory pedagogy texts; his books include the short and pithy A Primer of Modern Musical Tonality (1876, thrice reprinted) and An Easy Method of Modulation (1884). His work as an editor includes an English edition of Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ...