Latrobe, Christian Ignatius

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Latrobe, Christian Ignatius

Latrobe, Christian Ignatius, English composer; b. Fulneck, Leeds, Feb. 12, 1758; d. Fairfield, near Liverpool, May 6, 1836. After being educated by the United Brethren in Niesky, Upper Lusatia (1771–84), he became a minister in the Moravian Church. In 1795 he was made secretary of the Univ. of the Brethren in England, and was also active in the missionary field. Latrobe was a skillful composer and ed. of sacred music. He ed. the valuable collections The Hymn-tunes of the Church of the Brethren (London, 1790), A Selection of Sacred Music from the Work of Some of the Most Eminent Composers of Germany and Italy (6 vols., London, 1806-26), and Anthems for One or More Voices Sung in the Church of the United Brethren (London, 1811; includes 12 of his own anthems). He composed the cantatas The Dawn of Glory (1803) and In Memory of a Beloved Sister (1826), various anthems and hymn tunes, and 3 piano sonatas.


C. Stephens, The Musical Works of C.I. L. (diss., Univ. of N.C., 1971).

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