Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

b. Bournemouth, February 27, 1848
d. Knight's Croft, Rustington, October 7, 1918


The English composer Sir Hubert Parry began his schooling as a business major. He studied for three years before changing to music. An accomplished organist, pianist, and violinist, Parry composed for a variety of genres. However, he was most well known for his choral works.

He began teaching at the Royal College of Music in 1883. He became a director in 1894, a post he held until his death. From 1900-1908, he served as a Professor of Music at his Alma Mater, Oxford.

Parry was one of the most influential English composers since Henry Purcell. He was strongly rooted in the romantic traditions of such composers as Brahms, Chopin, and Wagner. This was due in large part to his mentor Edward Danreuther, with whom he studied in 1873. While teaching at Oxford Parry inspired such prestigious students as Herbert Howells, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn-Williams. His organ music successfully fuses European romantic traditions with distinctly English flavors. His music ushers in a new era in English composition.

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