John Stanley

(1712—1786) organist and composer

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(b London, 1712; d London, 1786).

Eng. composer and organist, blinded at age 2. Org. of various London churches, incl. the Temple, from 1734. Wrote 6 cantatas, 1748, oratorio Jephtha 1751–2. The 6 concs. for str., with org. or hpd., Op.10, have considerable appeal, influenced by Handel, and he also wrote 30 org. voluntaries, fl. solos, etc. Succeeded Boyce as Master of the King's Musick, 1779.

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