John Wall Callcott
John Wall Callcott (20 November 1766 – 15 May 1821) was an eminent English composer.
Callcott was born in Kensington, London. He was a pupil of Haydn, and is celebrated mainly for his glee compositions and catches. In the best known of his catches he ridiculed Sir John Hawkins' History of Music. Although ill-health prevented Callcott from completing his Musical Dictionary, His Musical Grammar (1806) remained in use throughout the 19th century.
His glees number at least 100, of which 8 won prizes. Callcott set lyrics by leading poets of his day, including Thomas Gray, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Chatterton, Robert Southey and Ossian. They include (selective list):
A number of his glees specify two soprano or treble (boy soprano) voices, the second of which has a range appropriate to a female mezzo-soprano or contralto (but would have been thought too high for a counter-tenor of this period).
Callcott also composed solo songs and religious music including psalms and sacred canons.
Callcott's daughter Elizabeth married William Horsley who, in 1824, published A collection of Glees Canons and Catches, an edition of his father-in-law's works together with a Memoir of Dr Callcott. His brother, Augustus Wall Callcott, was a noted landscape painter.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 20th, 1766 (Kensington), Died May 15th, 1821
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||0EA7090||10-in.||11/20/1938||Drink to me only with thine eyes||Paul Robeson||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Callcott, John Wall," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105797.
Callcott, John Wall. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105797.
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