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Classical Composers A-Z: Haydn Wood

Peter Wintersgill presents a potted biography of the Yorkshire-born composer Haydn Wood.

Born
25th March, 1882, in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield.

Father
Clement, hotel keeper.

Mother
Sabra.

Family
Elder brother.

Childhood
He came of a musical family, which moved to the Isle of Wight when he was two. He had violin lessons from his elder brother. He was a child prodigy.

Adolescence
He got a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and studied the violin with Arbos and composition with Stanford.

Early Adult Life
He played at the opening of the Royal College of Music concert hall, where he was heard by the great violinist Joachim, who advised him to go to Brussels.

He married the soprano Dorothy Court in 1909 (at 27).

Later Adult Life
His main claim to fame was his collection of sentimental ballads, which included. Bird of Love Divine (1912), Love's a Garden of Roses (1914), The Roses of Picardy (1916), and A Brown Bird Singing (1922).

He wrote over 200 songs, 15 suites, eight overtures, nine rhapsodies and a few concertos.

Other works included a cantata, Lochinvar, and seven marches.

He later became Director of the Performing Rights Society.

He died on 11th March, 1959, in London, aged 77.

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