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Cobbett, Walter Willson

Cobbett, Walter Willson (b Blackheath, 1847; d London, 1937). Eng. businessman and amateur violinist whose love of chamber mus. led him to promote many chamber concerts and to institute prizes both for playing and comp. Commissioned many works by Brit. composers in the Elizabethan fantasia-form, preferring the spelling ‘Phantasy’, hence the ‘Phantasy’ qts., quintets, and trios by Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Bax, Goossens, Ireland, Britten, etc. Endowed Cobbett Medal for services to chamber mus. and ed. Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music (1929, rev. 1963). CBE 1933.

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