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William Crotch

William Crotch
Short Name: William Crotch
Full Name: Crotch, William, 1775-1847
Birth Year: 1775
Death Year: 1847

William Crotch (5 July 1775 – 29 December 1847) was an English composer, organist and artist.

Born in Norwich, Norfolk to a master carpenter he showed early musical talent as a child prodigy. The three and a half year old Master William Crotch was taken to London by his ambitious mother, where he not only played on the organ of the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, but for King George III. The London Magazine of April 1779 records:

He appears to be fondest of solemn tunes and church musick, particularly the 104th Psalm. As soon as he has finished a regular tune, or part of a tune, or played some little fancy notes of his own, he stops, and has some of the pranks of a wanton boy; some of the company then generally give him a cake, an apple, or an orange, to induce him to play again...

Crotch was later to observe that this experience led him to become a rather spoiled child, excessively indulged so that he would perform.

He was for a time organist at Christ Church, Oxford, from which he was later to graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree.

His composition The Captivity of Judah was played at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on 4 June 1789; his most successful composition in adulthood was the oratorio Palestine (1812). He may have composed the Westminster Chimes in 1793.

In 1797 Crotch was given a professorship at Oxford University, and in 1799 he acquired a doctorate in music. While at Oxford, he became acquainted with the musician and artist John Malchair, and took up sketching. He followed Malchair's style in recording the exact time and date of each of his pictures, and when he met John Constable in London in 1805, he passed the habit along to the more famous artist.

In 1834, to commemorate the installation of the Duke of Wellington as chancellor of the University of Oxford, Crotch penned a second oratorio titled The Captivity of Judah. The 1834 work bears little resemblance to the oratorio he wrote as a child in 1789.

In 1822, Crotch was appointed to the Royal Academy of Music as its first Principal, but resigned ten years later.[2] He spent his last years at his son's house in Taunton, Somerset, where he died suddenly in 1847. Among his notable pupils were William Sterndale Bennett, Lucy Anderson, Stephen Codman, George Job Elvey, Cipriani Potter, and Charles Kensington Salaman

Tunes by William Crotch (33)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
[Amen] (Crotch)William Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)232176 5171
[Blessed is he whose transgression] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1837 (Composer)3
[Blessed is the man that walketh] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)William Crotch (Arranged)7151322 35432 21176
CARLISLE (Lockhart)William Crotch (Adapter)115132 17114 56514
[Chant] (Crotch 12317)William Crotch (Composer)212317 65712 24231
[Christ our passover is sacrificed for us]Crotch (Composer)517123 21762 17345
[Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us] (Crotch)W. Crotch (Composer)217123 21721 73456
[Chant] (Crotch 54321)Dr. W. Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)354321 76532 23452
[Fret not thyself] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)3
[Give the king thy judgements, O God] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
[Chant] (Boyce 15433)William Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)115433 25545 56716
[Chant] (Crotch 32171)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)1932171 23432 23451
[He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
[Chant] (Crotch 12343)W. Crotch (Composer)312343 65432 34562
JUDEA (Crotch)William Crotch, Mus. DOC. 1775-1847 (Composer)211235 43253 66561
[Chant] (Crotch 34326)William Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)734326 53234 3
[Chant] (Crotch 33322)Dr. Crotch (Composer)233322 21117 1
[Chant] (Crotch 11716)Wm. Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)511716 51171
[O give thanks unto the Lord] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
[Chant] (Crotch 13212)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)1213212 31765 35714
[Chant] (Crotch 51767)W. Crotch (Composer)1151767 12343 22543
[Praise ye the Lord] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
SIDON (Crotch)William Crotch (Composer)251765 14323 37654
ST. MICHAELS (German)William Crotch (Adapter)155435 43243 16217
[Chant] (Crotch 56545)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)756545 34321
[The heavens declare the glory] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
UDADr. Wm. Crotch (Composer)2
[Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift] (Crotch)W. Crotch, 1775 - 1847 (Composer)3
[Chant] (Crotch 54325)William Crotch (Composer)1054325 67117 1
[We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord] (Crotch 32176)W. Crotch, 1775-1847 (Composer)332176 51171
MAGNIFICAT (Ouseley)William Crotch (1775-1847) (Composer (Verses 7 to 12))133514 43221
[We praise you, O God]William Crotch (Composer)213511 73654 56712
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