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Samuel Harrison

(1760—1812) singer


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(1760–1812), English tenor and impresario who specialized in sacred, ‘ancient’ song even as a boy, and developed a tenor voice perfect for this repertory; somewhat limited in range, power, and animation, it was pure in tone, taste, and intonation. He sang at the 1784 Handel Commemoration, as principal tenor at the Ancient concerts (1785–91), and as principal singer and director of the Covent Garden oratorios (1789–92). Detecting a swing in public taste away from instrumental music, Harrison established the vocal concerts with Charles Knyvett (1752–1822) in 1792–5, presenting vocal solos, glees, and catches, with only occasional Italian arias or instrumental pieces. He revived the concert series twice, with different partners (1801–3, 1804–12).

From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).


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