Sir John Goss

(1800—1880) composer

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(b Fareham, Hants., 27 Dec. 1800; d London, 10 May 1880). English organist and composer. A Child of the Chapel Royal under John Stafford Smith and a pupil of Attwood, he was an operatic tenor before devoting himself to church music. He was appointed organist at St Paul's (1838) and composer to the Chapel Royal (1856). His output consisted mainly of sacred music, If we believe (for the funeral of the Duke of Wellington in 1852) and O Saviour of the world (1869) being among several fine examples. Goss also edited three collections of hymns, and published An Introduction to Harmony and Thorough-Bass (1833) and The Organist's Companion (1864).

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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