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Gladstone, William Henry
b. Hawarden, Flintshire: 3 June 1840
d. Mayfair, London: 4 July 1891

He was the eldest son of William Ewart Gladstone, the celebrated Prime Minister. He was a notable classical scholar and an accomplished musician, but made politics his career, representing Chester 1865-68, Whitby 1868-80 and East Worcestershire 1880-85 as Member of Parliament. He was a Lord of the Treasury 1869-74, and High Sheriff of Flintshire 1888-89.

He wrote chants, anthems, organ voluntaries and ten hymn tunes.

Xref:
RS-69 Ombersley
 

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Glück, J.L.F.
b. ? : ?
d. ? : ? (fl. 1814)

No information traced.

Xref:
RS-608 Sheltered Dale (doubtful attribution)
 

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Godolphin, Sidney
b. Godolphin Hall, Cornwall: ? 1610
(baptized Breage, Cornwall, 15 January 1610)
d. Chagford, Devonshire: 9 February 1643
(killed in battle; buried Okehampton 10 February)

A biographical sketch is given in Part I of the Introduction to The Poems of Sidney Godolphin, ed. William Dighton, with a Preface by John Drinkwater; Clarendon Press, 1931; further information and evaluation is contained in John Drinkwater's Preface.

[Biographical sketch]

[Preface

(See also DNB; OCEL)

Xref:
RS-186 Lord, when the wise men came from far

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Goodson, Richard
b. ? : c. 1655
d. Great Tew, Oxfordshire: 13 January 1717/18

He was a chorister of St Paul's Cathedral; then organist of New College Oxford 1682-92; of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford 1692-1718; and University Professor of Music throughout these tenures (1682-1718). He was succeeded at Christ Church and as University Professor by his son (also named Richard). He is buried in the south aisle of Christ Church Cathedral.

(See also DNB; GDM)

Xref:
RS-748 Single Chant in C

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Goss, (Sir) John
b. Fareham, Hampshire: 27 December 1800
d. Brixton, London: 10 May 1880

He was the son of the organist of Fareham Parish Church, and a chorister of the Chapel Royal 1811-16. Later he studied music with Thomas Attwood. He was organist of Stockwell Chapel (later St Andrew's) 1821-24, and St Luke's Chelsea 1825-37; he then succeeded Attwood as organist of St Paul's Cathedral 1838-72, and was knighted on his retirement. He was Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music 1827-74, and a composer to the Chapel Royal 1856-72.

In early life he studied opera-singing, but left that to devote himself to church music. He wrote many chants, hymn tunes, anthems and service music, and has been described as second only to S.S.Wesley among nineteenth-century English church-music composers; it is said that he never began to compose without first saying a prayer, and many of his compositions are prefaced by the letters `I.N.D.A.' (`In nomine Dei, Amen').

He edited Parochial Psalmody 1826; a collection of 257 Chants, Ancient and Modern 1841; co-edited with James Turle a two-volume collection of cathedral music (1846); and was music editor of William Mercer's Church Psalter and Hymn Book 1854/56

There is a memorial to him in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral.

(See also DNB; OCM)

Xrefs:
RS-104 Praise, my sou>
RS-157 Humility
RS-686 Double Chant in A@

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Graham, Fred Kimball
b. Oshawa, Ontario, Canada : 8 April 1946

After studying music at the University of Toronto and in the USA, Germany and London, he became music director at Rothesay Collegiate School, New Brunswich, Canada 1975-78; then Director of Music at All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Halifax, Nova Scotia and concurrently Professor of Church Music at the Atlantic School of Theology 1978-85. Since 1988 he has been consultant for congregational worship in the United Church of Canada and organist at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto.

He has made a special study of the hymn-tunes of Methodism; and as `Co-ordinator of Liturgical Resources' he was a member of the Hymn and Worship Resource Committee of the United Church of Canada during the compilation of its 1996 hymn-book Voices United.

Xref:
RS-482 Yarnton

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Grant, David
b. Aberdeen: 19 September 1833
d. Forest Hill, Lewisham, London: 30 July 1893

He was a tobacconist in Aberdeen from 1853-78, and latterly lived in London. As a keen amateur musician he was a member of the choir of Footdee Parish Church Aberdeen, made band arrangements, and composed several psalm- and hymn tunes. Debate still continues as to whether he composed or only harmonized the tune Crimond.

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RS-679 Crimond

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Grant, (Sir) Robert
b. Malda, Bengal, India: December 1779
d. Dalpoorie, West India: 9 July 1838
 

(See also DNB) 

Xref:
RS-47 O worship the King

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Graves, Robert van Ranke
b. Wimbledon, Surrey: 24 July 1895
d. Dej , Majorca: 7 December 1985

 

(See also DNB; OCEL) 

Xref:
RS-148 He smiles within his cradle

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Greatorex, Walter
b. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire: 30 March 1877
d. Bournemouth, Hampshire: 29 December 1949

He was the son of a Bank Manager, was educated at Derby School and St John's College Cambridge, and was a chorister at King's College Cambridge 1888-93. He was assistant music master at Uppingham School 1900-10; and Director of Music at Gresham's School, Norfolk 1911-36.

Xref:
RS-740 Woodlands

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Green, Frederick Pratt
b. Roby, Lancashire: 2 September 1903
d. Norwich: 23 October 2000

 

Xrefs:
RS-438 An upper room did our Lord prepare
RS-486 By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
RS-600 Christ is the world's Light, he and none other
RS-42 For the fruits of all creation
RS-263 Glorious the day when Christ was born
RS-85 God in his love for us lent us this planet
RS-417 Lord Jesus, once a child
RS-634 Pray for the Church afflicted and oppressed
RS-581 Sing, one and all, a song of celebration
RS-636 The Church of Christ, in every age
RS-221 To mock your reign, O dearest Lord
RS-414 When, in our music, God is glorified
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F.Pratt Green: 26 Hymns
F.Pratt Green: Hymns and Ballads
F.Pratt Green & Bernard Braley: Partners inPraise

 

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Greenwell, Dorothy (Dora)
b. Greenwell Ford, Lanchester, Co.Durham: 6 December 1821
d. Clifton, Bristol: 29 March 1882
 

(See also DNB; Julian p.466b) 

Xref:
RS-136 And art thou come with us to dwell
also
Dora Greenwell: Carmina Crucis
 

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Greenwood, Hilary Peter Frank
b. Manchester: 26 February 1929

 

Xref:
RS-334 Walking in a garden at the close of day
 

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Gregory, St (`Gregory the Great')
b. Rome: c.545
d. Rome: 12 March 604

 

(see also Julian pp.469-470a) 

Xref:
RS-26 Father, we praise you, now the night is over
 

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Grigg, Jacob
b. ? ; bapt. Launceston, Cornwall: 9 July 1769
d. ? Virginia, USA : ?

In John Rippon's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (c.1791)the tune Tiverton (the name of Rippon's birthplace) is ascribed simply to `Grigg', with no Christian name or initials. Conjecture has often identified him with a hymn-writer, Joseph Grigg, who died at Walthamstow, Essex, in 1768. But a more likely candidate is Jacob Grigg who, like Rippon, was at Bristol Baptist College, then became a pioneer missionary to Sierra Leone 1795-96, and finally went to America to be pastor of a black Baptist church in Virginia. 

Xref:
RS-715 Tiverton
 

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Grindal, Gracia Marie
b. Powers Lake, N.Dakota, USA: 4 May 1943

She is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor of Norwegian descent, and returned to Oslo, Norway for one year after graduating from Augsburg College, USA, and then attended the University of Arkansas. From 1968-84 she taught English and poetry at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; and since 1984 has been associate professor of pastoral theology and ministry- communications at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church committee for the preparation of the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, to which she contributed a number of translations of German, Latin and Norwegian hymns.

Xref:
RS-175 Lo, how a rose is growing
 

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Gruber, Franz Xaver
b. Unterweizberg, bei Hochburg-am-Inn, Austria: 23 (? 25) November 1787
d. Hallein, Salzburg: 7 June 1863

He was the third son of a poor linen weaver, who showed promise as a musician, but his parents objected to his being trained. However, he took lessons secretly from the local organist and schoolteacher. When the organist was taken ill, the twelve-year-old Franz deputized to such effect that his father relented and allowed him to study the organ further.

He was schoolteacher at Arnsdorf 1807-29, and organist 1816-29 at St Nicholas's Church in nearby Oberndorf where Joseph Mohr was the assistant priest. In 1829 he became headmaster at Berndorf, and in 1833 until his death organist and choirmaster at Hallein and founder of the Hallein Choral Society.

He composed a number of religious works, but is now remembered only for his simple carol tune. 

(See also GDM)

Xref:
RS-147 Stille Nacht
 

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Guest, William
b.
d.

An obituary notice appeared in the Year Book of the Congregational Union of England & Wales, 1892.

 

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Gunn, Henry Mayo
b.
d.

For a transcription of Henry Gunn's address to the Congregational Union of England and Wales, at its Autumn Assembly on 26th September 1860, entitled "Congregational Psalmody", click here >>>

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Gurney, John Hampden
b. Sergeants' Inn, London: 15 August 1802
d. St Marylebone, London: 8 March 1862

 

(See also DNB; Julian p.474) 

Xref:
RS-125 Ye holy angels bright
 

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Ieuan Gwyllt (John Roberts)
b. Tanrhiwfelen, Aberystwyth: 22 December 1822
d. Vron, Caernarfonshire: 6 May 1877

Ieuan Gwyllt Gelltydd Melindwr (John of the Wild Woods near the Mill Tower) was the pseudonym adopted by John Roberts. After being in turn a druggist's clerk, schoolmaster, solicitor's clerk and journalist in Liverpool and Aberdare, he became a Calvinistic Methodist minister, serving in Merthyr Tydfil 1859-65 and Capel Coch, nr Llanberis, 1865-69. Retiring from the regular ministry he then went to live at Llanfaglan, near Caernarfon.

He collected hundreds of the world's best hymn-tunes, including many German chorales; and his epoch-making Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol (Book of Congregational Tunes) 1859 was adopted as the official hymnal by Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. As a trenchant journalist and judge at Eisteddfodau he worked tirelessly for better standards in worship, and he established the influential and immensely popular Cymanfau Ganu (hymn-singing festivals).

Among several music magazines he edited the monthly Y Cerddor Cymraeg (The Welsh Musician) from 1861-73. Latterly, enthused by the evangelistic work of Moody and Sankey, he translated into Welsh many of their songs, publishing them serially as *Swn y Jiwbili (The Sound of Jubilee) - though he perhaps found it difficult to reconcile their musical style with his favourite classical forms. He has been by far the most significant influence on Welsh hymn-singing.

 [ * Swn requires circumflex accent over `w' ]

(See also DNB; DWB; OCLW; OCM)

Xrefs:
RS-527 Moab
also
Y Cerddor Cymraeg
Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol

 

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