See also:English musical composer, was
See also:born in
See also:London . He was the son of a clergyman in the city, and soon became a chorister of St Paul's
See also:cathedral, where he studied under
See also:King, and subsequently under
See also:Richard Brind, organist of the cathedral from 1707 to 1718, whom, on his
See also:death in the last-named
See also:year, he succeeded . Nine years later he became organist and composer to the
See also:chapel royal, on the death of Dr Croft . In 1730 he was elected to the
See also:chair of
See also:music in the university of Cambridge, and had the degree of
See also:doctor of music conferred on him . Dr
See also:Greene was a voluminous composer of
See also:church music, and his collection of
See also:Forty Select Anthems became a standard
See also:work of its kind . He wrote a " Te Deum," several oratorios, a masque, The
See also:Judgment of Hercules, and a pastoral
See also:Phoebe (1748); also glees and catches: and a collection of Catches and Canons for Three and Four Voices is amongst his compositions . In addition he composed many occasional pieces for the king's birthday, having been appointed
See also:master of the king's
See also:band in 1735 . But it is as a composer of church music that Greene is chiefly remembered . It is here that his contrapuntal skill and his sound musical scholarship are chiefly shown . With
See also:Handel, Greene was originally on intimate terms, but his equal friendship for Buononcini, Handel's
See also:rival, estranged the German master's feelings from him, and all
See also:personal intercourse between them ceased . Greene, in conjunction with the violinist Michael Christian Festing (1727-1752) and others, originated the Society of Musicians, for the support of poor artists and their families . He died on the 1st of
See also:December 1755 .
GEORGE WASHINGTON GREENE (1811-1883)
NATHANAEL GREENE (1742-1786)
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