Sir John Goss (27 December 1800 – 10 May 1880) was an English organist, composer and teacher.
Born to a musical family, Goss was a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal, London, and later a pupil of Thomas Attwood, organist of St Paul's Cathedral. After a brief period as a chorus member in an opera company he was appointed organist of a chapel in south London, later moving to more prestigious organ posts at St Luke's Church, Chelsea and finally St Paul's Cathedral, where he struggled to improve musical standards.
As a composer, Goss wrote little for the orchestra, but was known for his vocal music, both religious and secular. Among his best-known compositions are his hymn tunes "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" and "See, Amid the Winter's Snow". The music critic of The Times described him as the last of the line of English composers who confined themselves almost entirely to ecclesiastical music.
From 1827 to 1874, Goss was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, teaching harmony. He also taught at St Paul's. Among his pupils at the academy were Arthur Sullivan, Frederic Cowen and Frederick Bridge. His best-known pupil at St Paul's was John Stainer, who succeeded him as organist there.
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Birth and Death Data: Born December 27, 1800 (Fareham), Died May 10, 1880 (Brixton)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Victor||LBS-78542||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||11/14/1933||I heard a voice from heaven||St. Bartholomew’s Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||LBS-81127||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||12/29/1933||I heard a voice||St. Bartholomew’s Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ||composer|
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Goss, John. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106585.
"Goss, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: John Goss (composer)
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LCNAR: Goss, John, 1800-1880 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n92065624
Wikidata: John Goss (composer) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q345870
MusicBrainz: Sir John Goss - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/25897c95-7d45-4c6e-a14e-c55b5b82e684
ISNI: 0000 0000 8121 1715 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000081211715
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