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Quarles, Charles

Bernard B. Edmonds

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(bur. Cambridge, June 23, 1717). English organist and organ builder. He was appointed organist to Trinity College, Cambridge, on 26 December 1688, and proceeded to the MusB in 1698. No entry for him has been found in Admission Books, which would have shown father’s name and place of residence. It is likely that both Charles (i) and (ii) were born during the Interregnum, before Registers of Baptism returned to regular use after 1660. Attributed to Charles Quarles (i) are a pleasing two-movement Lesson in F minor for Harpsichord published by Goodison in 1788, and a Minuet ‘in the Ancient Style’ heavily arranged by Vincent Novello in 1840 for his Select Organ Pieces. He is believed first to have come to notice as an organ builder in 1681, cleaning the instrument at Long Sutton, Lincolnshire. In Cambridge he did much maintenance work on several university organs. He was contracted to move the organ of Pembroke College to Framlingham, a College living, where, sensitively restored and slightly enlarged, it is still in use. He was also to ‘make/sett upp compleate perfect and finish’ a replacement organ as specified for £210 10s. (...

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Subjects: Music ; Baroque Music

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