Richard John Samuel Stevens

(1757—1837) composer and diarist

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(b London, 27 March 1757; d London, 23 Sept. 1837). English composer. A chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, he held various organist appointments at London churches including St Michael's, Cornhill (1781), the Temple Church (1786), and the Charterhouse (1796), He was also Gresham Professor of Music from 1801 and music master at Christ's Hospital from 1808. He is known chiefly for his polished glee settings, particularly of Shakespearean texts, the best of which rank with those of the elder Samuel Webbe and J. W. Callcott. He also assembled a considerable library (now in the RAM) with an emphasis on 17th- and 18th-century Italian music.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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