See also:English musician, was
See also:born in
See also:Green's Lane, Norwich, on the 5th of
See also:July 1775 . His
See also:father was a
See also:carpenter . The
See also:child was extraordinarily precocious, and when scarcely more than two years of age he played upon an
See also:organ of his
See also:parent's construction something like the tune of "
See also:God save the
See also:King." At the-age of four he came to
See also:London and gave daily recitals on the organ in the rooms of a
See also:milliner in Piccadilly . The precocity of his musical intuition was almost equalled by a singularly early aptitude for
See also:drawing . In 1786 he went to Cambridge as assistant to Dr
See also:Randall the organist . His
See also:oratorio The Captivity of
See also:Judah was played at Trinity
See also:Hall, Cambridge, on the 4th of
See also:June 1789 . He was then only fourteen years of age . His intention of entering the
See also:church carried him to
See also:Oxford in 1788, but the
See also:superior attractions of a musical career acquired an increasing influence over him, and in 1790 he was appointed organist of Christ Church . At the early age of twenty-two he was appointed
See also:professor of
See also:music in the university of Oxford, and there in 1799 he took his degree of
See also:doctor in that
See also:art . In 1800 and the four following years he read lectures on music at Oxford . Next he was appointed lecturer on music to the Royal Institution, and subsequently, in 1822,
See also:principal of the London Royal Academy of Music . His last years were passed at Taunton in the
See also:house of his son, the Rev .
W . R .
See also:Crotch, where he died suddenly on the 29th of
See also:December 1847 . He published a number of vocal and instrumental compositions, of which the best is his oratorio
See also:Palestine, produced in 1812 . In 1831 appeared an 8vo
See also:volume containing the substance of his lectures on music, delivered at Oxford and in London . Previously, he had published three volumes of Specimens of Various Styles of Music . Among his didactic
See also:works is Elements of Musical Composition and Thorough-
See also:Bass (London, 1812) . The oratorio bearing the title The Captivity of Judah, and produced on the occasion of the
See also:installation of the duke of Wellington as chancellor of the university of Oxford in 1834, is a totally different
See also:work from that which he wrote upon the same subject as a boy of fourteen . He arranged for the pianoforte a number of
See also:Handel's oratorios and operas, besides symphonies and quartetts of
See also:Haydn, Mozart and
See also:Beethoven . The
See also:great expectations excited by his
See also:infant precocity were not fulfilled; for he manifested no extraordinary
See also:genius for musical composition . But he was an industrious student and a sound artist, and his name remains
See also:familiar in English musical
See also:history .
HENRY WILLIAM CROSSKEY (1826–1893)
CROTCHET (from the Fr. croche, a hook; whence also ...
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