Macfarren, Sir George (Alexander)
- Nicholas Temperley
(b London, March 2, 1813; d London, Oct 31, 1887). English composer. He was the son of George Macfarren (1788–1843), a London dancing-master and dramatist who was also active in music, and his wife Elizabeth Jackson (b 1792). Macfarren learnt music from his father and Charles Lucas before entering the RAM in 1829, where he studied composition with Cipriani Potter. His first important work, a symphony in C, was performed at an RAM concert on 2 October 1830. He left the RAM in 1836, but after a short time at a school in the Isle of Man returned as a professor in 1837. He resigned that position in 1847 when his adherence to Alfred Day’s theory of harmony was condemned by the other professors, but was recalled by Potter in 1851. Meanwhile he had been active in the founding of the Society of British Musicians in ...