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W.H. Husk

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( b London, Jan 3, 1810; d East Molesey, Surrey, Feb 20, 1879). Welsh pianist and singer , son of John Parry . He studied the harp under Bochsa and in May 1825 appeared as a performer on that instrument. His principal gifts, however, were as a pianist and, above all, as a baritone and entertainer. His voice was rich, though not powerful, and was at its best in a comic vein or in simple ballads. In 1833 he went to Italy, living for some time at Naples where he learnt from Lablache. At his benefit concert in June 1836 he gave the first public indication in England of the extraordinary nature of his comic talent, by joining Maria Malibran in Mazzinghi's duet When a little farm we keep, and mimicking Harley. In the same year he appeared in his father's Sham Prince, in Hullah's Village Coquettes and other pieces. In ...