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date: 13 November 2019

Gales, Weston S(pies)locked

  • William Osborne

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(b Elizabeth, NJ, Nov 5, 1877; d Portsmouth, NH, Oct 21, 1939). American organist and conductor. As a boy soprano he sang with the choirs of St John’s Church, Elizabeth, and All Angels Church, New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1898, having studied theory and composition with Horatio Parker and organ with Gaston Déthier. Gales served as organist and choirmaster of St Barnabas Church in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York (1898–1902) and Christ Church, New York (1902–8). In the latter position he trained boy choirs for performances with the New York Oratorio Society, including the American première of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s La vita nuova. From 1908 to 1913 he worked at Emmanuel Church, Boston, where he directed a noted boy choir. Gales studied the organ with Charles-Marie Widor in Paris during the summer of 1908 and with Louis Vierne three summers later. The following summer he conducted orchestras in Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, and Paris, having become interested in orchestral work while adapting this literature for the organ. During ...

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