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date: 21 October 2019

Festing, Michael Christianlocked

  • Elizabeth M. Lamb
  •  and Melanie Groundsell

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(b London, Nov 29, 1705; d London, July 24, 1752). English composer and violinist. He was a son of John and Elizabeth Festing, and it is possible that the family had some connection with Gros Festin, near Stralsund in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. John Festing, one of his brothers, played the flute and the oboe, and left a sizable fortune, which he obtained mainly by teaching. He is believed to be the musician portrayed in Hogarth's painting The Enraged Musician (1741, now in the Tate Gallery, London).

Michael Christian Festing was primarily a violin virtuoso. He was taught the violin first by Richard Jones and then by Francesco Geminiani. Festing in his turn gave violin lessons, Thomas Arne being one of his pupils. It is likely that the manuscript discovered in 1993, containing three of Festing's op.4 violin solos (GB-Lbl), belonged to one of his pupils. His first public appearance was on ...

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