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Classical Composers A-Z: John Stainer

Peter Wintersgill introduces us to John Stainer who was a Professor of Music at Oxford.

Born
6th June, 1840, in London.

Father
William, Registrar of Births, amateur musician.

Mother
Ann, organist.

Childhood
Choirboy at St. Paul's at seven. Lost an eye at five due to an accident.

Adolescence
Studied at Oxford University.

Adult Life
Organist successively at St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Magdalene College, Oxford and St. Paul's, where he reformed the choir and expanded the repertory. He helped found the Musical Association, appointed Professor of Music at Oxford, knighted in 1888.

He led a very busy life as examiner, teacher, schools inspector. Wrote books on Dufay and his Contemporaries and early Bodleian Music.

He wrote many anthems, hymn tunes and the seven-fold Amen. His two important works were The Daughter of Jairus (1878) and The Crucifixion (1887), which is still very popular. His church music is hardly ever heard
today.

He died 31st March, 1901, in Verona, aged 60.

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