Charles Villiers Stanford

30 September 1852—29 March 1924

Charles Villiers Stanford, in Pages from an Unwritten Diary (1914).

SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD, Mus. Doc. (Dublin, 1852–1924 London), early revealed musical gifts of a remarkable order, and at ten years of age heard one of his own compositions played in Dublin Theatre Royal. At Cambridge—Queen’s and Trinity Colleges—he had a classical education and graduated with honours. He succeeded Dr. J.L. Hopkins as organist of Trinity College; became leader of the University Musical Society, into which he infused new life; conductor of the London Bach Choir, 1885; of the Royal College of Music orchestra, 1887; of Leeds Festival, 1901; Professor of Music, Cambridge, 1887, and of composition, Royal College of Music, in the same year. He was a Mus. Doc. of Cambridge and Oxford and was knighted in 1901. One of the most distinguished figures in the world of music in his time, he appeared as conductor in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and America. He did much to help in the revival of interest in folk music; his settings of Irish airs are singularly fine. He was a prolific composer, producing seven operas, seven symphonies, two cantatas (Phaudrig Crohoore and Revenge), four Irish Rhapsodies, a Stabat Mater; Songs of the Sea; Songs of the Fleet.

Handbook to The Church Hymnary (1935)
James Moffatt & Millar Patrick, eds.

Charles Villiers Stanford, in The Musical Times (Dec. 1898).

Featured Tunes:

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Publications of Hymn Tunes:

as composer:

Church Hymnal (Ireland, 1873)

The Musical Times (December 1894): PDF

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1904): HathiTrust

Hymns Ancient & Modern (1916): HathiTrust

Appendix to the Church Hymnal (1936)

as arranger:

Six hymns to supplement Bible Songs (1910): WorldCat

“St. Patrick’s breastplate: hymn of the ancient Irish church,” (Stainer & Bell, 1913): WorldCat

Varied Harmonies for Organ Accompaniment (1913): WorldCat

ST. PATRICK / GARTAN in Church Hymnal (Ireland, 1919)

as editor:

Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie (1902–1905): PDF


The Stanford Archive, Newcastle University:

For a more detailed list of MSS, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Life & Works:

“Charles Villiers Stanford,” Cabinet Portrait Gallery, Series 5 (London: Cassell & Co., 1894), pp. 25-27:

“Charles Villiers Stanford,” The Musical Times, vol. 39, no. 670 (December 1898), pp. 785-793: PDF

Charles Villiers Stanford, Pages from an Unwritten Diary (London: Edward Arnold, 1914):

John F. Porte, Sir Charles V. Stanford (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1921):

“Charles Villiers Stanford,” The Musical Times, vol. 65, no. 975 (May 1924), pp. 402-403: JSTOR

“Charles Villiers Stanford,” Music & Letters, vol. 5, no. 3 (July 1924), pp. 193-207: JSTOR

“Charles Villiers Stanford,” Handbook to The Church Hymnary, James Moffatt & Millar Patrick, eds. (Oxford: University Press, 1935), p. 507.

Harry P. Greene: Charles Villiers Stanford (London: E. Arnold & Co., 1935): WorldCat

Frederick Hudson, “A Revised and Extended Catalogue of the Works of C. Villiers Stanford (1852–1924),” Music Review, vol. 37 (1976), pp. 106–129.

Jeremy Dibble, Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician (Oxford: University Press, 2002).

Paul Rodmell, Charles Villiers Stanford (Burlington: Ashgate, 2002).

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Jeremy Dibble, “Charles Villiers Stanford,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Rosemary Firman, “Charles Villiers Stanford,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

Charles Villiers Stanford,

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