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John Andrew Stevenson

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By 1825, Stevenson had composed a big amount of church music amounting to twenty-six anthems and eight service settings, to not point out chants, double chants, hymns and the oratorio The Thanksgiving, a “pasticcio” from a number of of his different anthems. In 1825, a number of his cathedral works was printed in two volumes and revealed by James Power of The Strand, London, with a dedication to George IV. Three service settings in C, E flat and F, twelve anthems in addition to twelve double chants and a set of Responses for Holy Days have been chosen for publication. Addison issued a reprint of those two volumes some years later, by which every anthem and repair was revealed individually. John Hullah reprinted the concluding refrain The Lord is my Strength from the anthem I’m properly Pleased in his Singers Library (c.1860), and Joseph Robinson edited three of the twelve along with the unpublished By the Waters of Babylon. Apart from their reputation in Irish collegiate church buildings and cathedrals within the later nineteenth-century, a number of of Stevenson’s anthems and repair settings have been in use and in circulation at some English provincial cathedrals equivalent to Bristol, Chester, Chichester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Manchester, and Wells.

Stevenson is maybe greatest recognized for his collaboration with Thomas Moore (1779–1852) in a number of musical works, to which he supplied piano accompaniments: the Irish Melodies (ten volumes, 1808–34), The Sacred Melodies (revealed in periodical numbers, 1808–34), and National Airs (first version 1815). Differences arose between Moore and Stevenson as could also be seen within the correspondence of Moore edited in 1852 by Lord John Russell, and after the seventh variety of Irish Melodies the music was supplied by Sir Henry Bishop (1786–1855). Despite this, Thomas Moore wrote a memorial poem for Stevenson entitled Silence is in our Festal Halls.

Stevenson composed some airs for O’Keeffe’s Dead Alive in 1780, which was carried out with success in June 1781. Stevenson’s songs embrace, amongst others, Faithless Emma (written for John Spray), Dearest Ellen, higher recognized from its opening line “When the rosebud of summer time”, and O Ever Skilled, written earlier than Stevenson acquired his knighthood. Stevenson composed music for the comedian opera Love in a Blaze (after Lafont), which was first carried out in Crow Street Theatre, Dublin, on 29 May 1799, and The Patriot, or Hermit of Saxellen (1810). Stevenson’s glee They Play’d in Air was carried out on the inaugural live performance of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 1815.

Stevenson’s secular works embrace operas, sonatas, concertoes, symphonies, catches, glees, odes, operas, songs and preparations of conventional music. He was knighted for his composition of the ode You Ladies of our Lovely Isle and a glee with accompaniment Give me the Harp of Epic Song, a translation of the second Ode of Anacreon. He was a lot famend for his composition of glees. In 1775 he was awarded the Glee and Catch Club’s prize for the glee One Night When All the Village Slept. Other glee and catch compositions embrace “Alone on the Sun-Beaten Rock”, Buds of Roses (which was awarded the gold medal by the Glee and Catch Club in 1813), and the tuneful catch Come Buy my Cherries, popularly referred to as The Dublin Cries.

Stevenson died on 14 September 1833 at Headfort House in Kells, County Meath. In 1843, a marble cenotaph sculpted by Thomas Kirk was erected within the Musicians Corner at Christ Church Cathedral. In the south aisle of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a stained glass window was positioned in 1864 in his honour. His daughter Olivia was the spouse of Thomas Taylour, 2nd Marquess of Headfort, mom of Lady Olivia FitzPatrick and grandmother of Mary Cornwallis-West.

Stevenson was knighted on 27 April 1803 by Philip Yorke, Earl of Hardwicke, lord lieutenant of Ireland. He was appointed the primary organist and musical director on the newly erected Chapel Royal of Dublin Castle in 1814.

He was appointed stipendiary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 20 July 1775 by Dean Craddock and at Christ Church Cathedral in 1781 (regardless of his nationality, because of the intercession of the spouse of the Dean). Appointed vicar choral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1783 and at Christ Church Cathedral in 1800. He acquired the diploma of Doctor of Music, honoris causa by the University of Dublin in 1791. He taught music concept to the uilleann piper Edmund Keating Hyland in 1800.[4]

Stevenson was born in Crane Lane off Dame Street, Dublin, the son of John Stevenson, a Scottish coach builder and violinist.[2] His mother and father died when he was younger and he was taken in by a Mr. Gibson, of the agency of Gibson and Woffington in Grafton Street, instrument-makers. Despite the truth that he was Irish-born (solely English have been accepted by Christ Church at the moment), Gibson succeeded in getting him acquired as an indentured choirboy at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin in 1771, the place he was taught to play piano by Richard Woodward and Samuel Murphy.[3]

Sir John Andrew Stevenson (November 1761 – 14 September 1833) was an Irish composer. He is greatest recognized for his piano preparations of Irish Melodies with poet Thomas Moore. He was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Dublin and was knighted in April 1802.[1]

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