“English Composer” William Sterndale Bennett 2 Page Hand Written Letter. This item is certified authentic by Todd Mueller Autographs and comes with their Certificate of Authenticity. Sir William Sterndale Bennett. (13 April 1816 1 February 1875) was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the London. Royal Academy of Music. (RAM), where he remained for ten years. By the age of twenty, he had begun to make a reputation as a concert pianist, and his compositions received high praise. Among those impressed by Bennett was the German composer. Who invited him to. There Bennett became friendly with. Who shared Mendelssohn’s admiration for his compositions. Bennett spent three winters composing and performing in Leipzig. In 1837 Bennett began to teach at the RAM, with which he was associated for most of the rest of his life. For twenty years he taught there, later also teaching at. Queen’s College, London. Amongst his pupils during this period were. Throughout the 1840s and 1850s he composed little, although he performed as a pianist and directed the. He also actively promoted concerts of chamber music. From 1848 onwards his career was punctuated by antagonism between himself and the conductor. He was Professor of Music at the. From 1856 until 1875. In 1866 he became Principal of the RAM, rescuing it from closure, and remained in this position until his death. He died in London in 1875 and was buried in. Bennett had a significant influence on English music, not solely as a composer but also as a teacher, as a promoter of standards of musical education and as an important figure in London concert life. In recent years, appreciation of Bennett’s compositions has been rekindled and a number of his works, including a symphony, his piano concerti, some vocal music and many of his piano compositions, have been recorded. In his bicentenary year of 2016, several concerts of his music and other related events took place. Bennett was born in. The third child and only son of Robert Bennett, the organist of. And his wife Elizabeth, née Donn. His mother died in 1818, aged 27, and his father, after remarrying, died in 1819. Thus orphaned at the age of three, Bennett was brought up in. By his paternal grandfather, John Bennett, from whom he received his first musical education. John Bennett was a professional. Who sang as a. In the choirs of. The young Bennett entered the choir of. King’s College Chapel. In February 1824 where he remained for two years. In 1826, at the age of ten, he was accepted into the. (RAM), which had been founded in 1822. Bennett was a pupil at the RAM for the next ten years. At his grandfather’s wish his principal instrumental studies were at first as a violinist, under Paolo Spagnoletti and later Antonio James Oury. He also studied the piano under. And after five years, with his grandfather’s agreement, he took the piano as his principal study. He was a shy youth and was diffident about his skill in composition, which he studied under the principal of the RAM. Who took over as principal in 1832. Amongst the friends Bennett made at the Academy was the future music critic. Bennett did not study singing, but when the RAM mounted a student production of. The Marriage of Figaro. In 1830, Bennett, aged fourteen, was cast in the. Role of the page boy Cherubino usually played by a woman. This was among the few failures of his career at the RAM. Wryly commented, of the page… We will not speak, but acknowledged that Bennett sang pleasingly and to the satisfaction of the audience. However, called his performance “in every way a blot on the piece”. Among Bennett’s student compositions were a piano concerto No. 1 in D minor. 1, a symphony and an overture to. The concerto received its public premiere at an orchestral concert in Cambridge on 28 November 1832, with Bennett as soloist. Performances soon followed in London and, by royal command, at. Where Bennett played in April 1833 for. The RAM published the concerto at its own expense as a tribute. The item “English Composer William Sterndale Bennett Hand Written Letter Mueller COA” is in sale since Tuesday, December 24, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “historicsellsmemorabilia” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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