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Bantock, Sir Granville (Ransome)

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Bantock, Sir Granville (Ransome), eminent English composer and pedagogue; b. London, Aug. 7, 1868; d. there, Oct. 16, 1946. He was a student of Frederick Corder at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1889–93), where he won the first Macfarren Scholarship. From 1893 to 1896 he was the ed. of the New Quarterly Musical Review . In 1894-95 he made a world tour as conductor of the musical comedy The Gaiety Girl . From 1897 to 1900 he was director of music of the Tower Orch. in New Brighton, where he won notice as a conductor of contemporary works. From 1900 to 1914 he was principal of the Birmingham and Midland Inst. School of Music. He served as the Peyton prof. of Music at the Univ. of Birmingham from 1908 to 1934. He subsequently was a teacher and examiner at the Trinity Coll. of Music in London. He was knighted in 1930. Bantock was a prolific composer who often wrote works on a vast scale. Many of his scores were of a programmatic nature, and revealed his fascination for exotic and heroic subjects. An Oriental and Celtic bent was particularly pronounced. His works were brilliantly scored and highly effective in performance, but they are rarely heard today.

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