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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

(1875—1912) composer


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(b London, 1875; d Croydon, 1912).

Eng. composer, son of Sierra Leone physician and Eng. mother. His cl. quintet, Op.10, was played in 1897 in Berlin by Joachim's qt. and his Ballad in A minor at 1898 Gloucester Fest. (thanks to Elgar's encouragement). In Nov. 1898 his cantata Hiawatha's Wedding Feast was perf. at RCM. This was first of 3 works based on Longfellow's poem. The Death of Minnehaha followed in 1899 and Hiawatha's Departure in 1900. Success of these works led to many demands for fest. comps. Later works were Meg Blane (Sheffield 1902), The Atonement (Hereford 1903), Kubla Khan (London 1906), and A Tale of Old Japan (London 1911), but none achieved the success of The Song of Hiawatha trilogy. Also wrote sym., Symphonic Variations on an African Air (1906), vn. conc. (1912), chamber mus., pf. solos, and songs.

Subjects: Music.


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