Bennett, Joseph, English critic and writer on music; b. Berkeley, Gloucestershire, Nov. 29, 1831; d. Purton, June 12, 1911. After serving in various musical positions in London, he wrote music criticism for the Sunday Times, Pall Mall Gazette, and the Graphic. He was annotator of the programs of the Phil. Soc. (1885–1903) and of the Saturday Popular Concerts, and also wrote libretti for several English composers.
Letters from Bayreuth (1877); The Musical Year (1883); with F.R. Spark, History of the Leeds Musical Festivals, 1858-1889 (1892); Story of Ten Hundred Concerts (1887; an account of the origin and rise of the Saturday Popular Concerts, 1857-87); Forty Years of Music (1908).
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