Famous 19th Century British Composers

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 1 
Edward Elgar
(Composer)

Edward Elgar
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Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Broadheath, England
Died: February 23, 1934

 2 

Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Birthdate: October 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Down Ampney, England
Died: August 26, 1958

 3 
Gustav Holst
(Was an English Composer)

Gustav Holst
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Birthdate: September 21, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Died: May 25, 1934
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 4 
William Herschel
(Astronomer)

William Herschel
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Birthdate: November 15, 1738
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: August 23, 1822

William Herschel was a German-born British astronomer and composer. He pioneered the use of astronomical spectrophotometry and discovered infrared radiation. Impressed by his work, King George III appointed him the Court Astronomer. Herschel often collaborated with his sister, Caroline Lucretia Herschel, a fellow astronomer. In 1816, he was made a Knight of the Royal Guelphic Order. 

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Ivor Novello
(Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter, Songwriter)

Ivor Novello
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Birthdate: January 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: March 6, 1951

 6 
Arthur Sullivan
(Composer)

Arthur Sullivan
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Birthdate: May 13, 1842
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lambeth, London
Died: November 22, 1900

 7 
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(Composer, Pianist, Conductor)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
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Birthdate: August 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Died: September 1, 1912
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Frederick Delius
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Birthdate: January 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Died: June 10, 1934

 9 
Muzio Clementi
(Composer)

Muzio Clementi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 10, 1832

 10 
Ethel Smyth
(Composer)

Ethel Smyth
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Birthdate: April 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sidcup, United Kingdom
Died: May 8, 1944

 11 
Hubert Parry
(Composer)

Hubert Parry
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Birthdate: February 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bournemouth, England
Died: October 7, 1918

British composer Hubert Parry was a major figure behind the 19th-century revival of British music. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he later produced gems such as Songs of Farewell and Jerusalem, with the latter becoming an anthem of sorts during World War I. He was also a passionate sailor.

 12 
Thomas Beecham
(Conductor)

Thomas Beecham
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Birthdate: April 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Helens, England
Died: March 8, 1961

 13 
Arnold Bax
(Composer)

Arnold Bax
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Birthdate: November 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 3, 1953

 14 
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
(Pianist, Composer, Music critic, Writer)

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
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Birthdate: August 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essex
Died: October 15, 1988

 15 
George Butterworth
(Composer, Musicologist)

George Butterworth
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Birthdate: July 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: August 5, 1916

 16 
Herbert Howells
(Composer)

Herbert Howells
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Birthdate: October 17, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gloucestershire
Died: February 23, 1983

 17 
John Ireland
(composer, music educator, film score composer)

John Ireland
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Birthdate: August 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bowdon
Died: June 12, 1962

William Sterndale Bennett
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Birthdate: April 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 1, 1875

 19 
Frank Bridge
(Composer, Conductor, Music educator)

Frank Bridge
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Birthdate: February 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton
Died: January 10, 1941

 20 
Adrian Boult
(Conductor)

Adrian Boult
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Birthdate: April 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: March 24, 1983

 21 
Richard D'Oyly Carte
(Talent agent)

Richard D'Oyly Carte
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Birthdate: May 3, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 3, 1901

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Friedrich Hollaender
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Birthdate: October 18, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 18, 1976

 23 
Arthur Bliss
(Composer)

Arthur Bliss
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Birthdate: August 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barnes, London, England
Died: March 27, 1975

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George Grossmith
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Birthdate: December 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 1, 1912

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Michael Maybrick
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Birthdate: January 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: August 26, 1913

 26 
Roger Quilter
(Former composer, known particularly for his art songs)

Roger Quilter
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Birthdate: November 1, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hove, Sussex, United Kingdom
Died: September 21, 1953

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Eugene Aynsley Goossens
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Birthdate: May 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 13, 1962

 28 
Havergal Brian
(Composer)

Havergal Brian
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Birthdate: January 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent,England
Died: November 28, 1972

 29 
Samuel Wesley
(Organist)

Samuel Wesley
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Birthdate: February 24, 1766
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: October 11, 1837

 30 
John Stainer
(Composer)

John Stainer
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Birthdate: June 6, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Englanda
Died: March 31, 1901

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Samuel Sebastian Wesley
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Birthdate: August 14, 1810
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1876

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Cyril Meir Scott
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Birthdate: September 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxton, Birkenhead, England
Died: December 31, 1970

 33 
Charles Burney
(Musical Composer)

Charles Burney
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Birthdate: April 7, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 12, 1814

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Charles Dibdin
(Composer)

Charles Dibdin
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Birthdate: March 4, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Southampton, England
Died: July 25, 1814

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Granville Bantock
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Birthdate: August 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 16, 1946

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Johann Baptist Cramer
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Birthdate: February 24, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: April 16, 1858

Johann Baptist Cramer was an English pianist, music publisher, and composer of German origin. The son of Wilhelm Cramer, Johann studied under Muzio Clementi and went on to become one of the greatest pianists of his time. Renowned for its technical perfection, Johann Cramer's playing style earned praises from popular pianists around the world, including Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Ernest John Moeran
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Birthdate: December 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heston and Isleworth, England
Died: December 1, 1950

 38 
Edward German
(Musician)

Edward German
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Birthdate: February 17, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, England
Died: November 11, 1936

 39 
Frederic Austin
(Baritone singer)

Frederic Austin
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Birthdate: March 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 10, 1952

 40 
Donald Tovey
(Musicologist)

Donald Tovey
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Birthdate: July 17, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eton, England
Died: July 10, 1940

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Sir Henry Rowley Bishop
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Birthdate: November 18, 1786
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 30, 1855

 42 
Theodore Hook
(Man of Letters)

Theodore Hook
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Birthdate: September 22, 1788
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 24, 1841

 43 
Egon Wellesz
(Composer)

Egon Wellesz
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Birthdate: October 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 9, 1974

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Tobias Matthay
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Birthdate: February 19, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 15, 1945

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Rutland Boughton
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Birthdate: January 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aylesbury, England
Died: January 25, 1960

 46 
George Henschel
(Musician)

George Henschel
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Birthdate: February 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: September 10, 1934

George Henschel started his career as a pianist but later found success as a baritone. Born in Germany, he later acquired a British citizenship and performed as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first conductor. He was also knighted for his achievements. He was married to soprano Lilian June Bailey.

 47 
John Marsh
(British composer)

John Marsh
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Birthdate: May 31, 1752
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dorking, England
Died: October 31, 1828

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Elias Parish Alvars
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Birthdate: February 28, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Devon, England
Died: January 25, 1849

 49 
Thomas Dunhill
(Composer)

Thomas Dunhill
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Birthdate: February 1, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 13, 1946

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Frederic Hymen Cowen
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Birthdate: January 29, 1852
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: October 6, 1935