Hanchett, Henry Granger
- Sarah L. Martin
(b Syracuse, NY, Aug 29, 1853; d Siasconset, MA, Aug 19, 1918). American pianist, organist, lecturer, teacher, and physician. He studied music as a child with Ernst Held in Syracuse, and later with leading teachers in New York and Berlin. He studied medicine at Syracuse University and in 1884 graduated from the New York Homoeopathic Medical College. He practiced medicine for several years, but retired from practice to devote his entire attention to music. He gave many lectures and recitals at the Brooklyn Institute in 1893–1901, and presented at least 150 lectures and recitals in the popular New York Board of Education Free Courses in 1889–1910. Hanchett made extensive lecture-recital tours around the United States, and held music positions in several colleges. He was organist and music director at several New York churches in 1884–98, and was a founder of the American Guild of Organists in 1897. He was the American inventor of the sostenuto pedal on pianos in ...