Horn, Charles Edward

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Horn, Charles Edward

Horn, Charles Edward, English singer, conductor, and composer, son of Karl Friedrich Horn; b. London, June 21, 1786; d. Boston, Oct. 21, 1849. He studied with his father, and also received vocal guidance from Rauzzini. On June 26, 1809, he made his debut as a singer in M. P. King’s Up All Night at London’s Lyceum Theatre. After further vocal training with Thomas Welsh, he returned to the stage in 1814. He also was active as a conductor and composer for the theater. In 1827 he went to N.Y and staged several of his operas. After serving as music director of London’s Olympic Theatre (1831–32), he was music director of N.Y.’s Park Theatre (1832–7) and conductor of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Soc. (from 1847). In addition to his stage works, he wrote the oratorio The Remission of Sin (N.Y., May 7, 1835; perf. in London as Satan, March 18, 1845).


R. Montague, C. E. H.: His Life and Works (diss., Fla. State Univ., 1959).

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