Bairstow, Sir Edward (Cuthbert)

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Bairstow, Sir Edward (Cuthbert)

Bairstow, Sir Edward (Cuthbert), English organist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Huddersfield, Aug. 22, 1874; d. York, May 1, 1946. He studied organ and theory at the Univ. of Durham (Mus. B., 1894; Mus. D., 1901); was organist at Wigan (1899–1906), at Leeds (1906–13), and at York Minster (1913–46); also was prof. of music at the Univ. of Durham (from 1929). In 1932 he was knighted. He composed church music, anthems, part-songs, and an organ sonata (1937). He publ. Counterpoint and Harmony (1937) and The Evolution of Musical Form (1943).


E. Bradbury, “Sir E. B.: A Birthday Tribute,” Musical Times (Aug. 1944).

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