Composers' Biographies M-R:

Hamish MacCunn

(22 March 1868 – 2 August 1916), Scottish romantic composer, conductor and teacher of great merit. His opera Diarmid (libretto by the Marquis of Lome) was produced at Covent Garden on 23 October 1897. His other music includes cantatas, overtures, part-songs, instrumental pieces and songs, all markedly Scottish in type. He had a genuine love of Scottish folksong, and although he lived in London he was a lifelong champion of Scottish music and of the country’s musical life.

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Hamish MacCunn
George Alexander MacFarren

George Alexander MacFarren

Born in London in 1813 and died there in 1887. He was the son of adramatist and theatrical manager, who was himself a good amateur musican. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and became a professor and then Principal of that institution.

For nearly half a century he was enormously succesful as a composer, at first of operas and then of oratorios and festival cantatas, as also of orchestral and other instrumental music: all now forgotten, along with his textbooks of harmony and counterpoint, once in universal use in his country.

All his later artistic, educational, and administrative work was bravely carried out under the hampering condition of total blindness. For the last twelve years of his life he was Professor of Music at Cambridge. He was knighted four years before his death.

Tommy Makem
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