Shaw, Martin (Edward Fallas)

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Shaw, Martin (Edward Fallas)

Shaw, Martin (Edward Fallas), English organist and composer, brother of Geoffrey (Turton) Shaw; b. London, March 9, 1875; d. Southwold, Sussex, Oct. 24, 1958. He was a pupil at the Royal Coll. of Music in London, and played organ in various churches in London. In 1900 he founded the Purcell Operatic Society in London. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1955. He composed the operas Mr. Pepys (London, Feb. 11, 1926) and The Thorn of Avalon (1931); also incidental music; sacred works; some 100 songs; etc. He publ. The Principles of English Church Music Composition (London, 1921) and Up to Now (autobiography; London, 1929). Among his eds., all publ, in London, are Songs of Britain (with F. Kidson; 1913), The English Carol Book (with P. Dearmer; 1913–19), The League of Nations Song Book (with P. Dearmer; 1921), Songs of Praise (with P. Dearmer and R. Vaughan Williams; 1925; second ed., aug., 1931), and The Oxford Book of Carols (1928; 25th ed., rev., 1964).

Bibliography

E. Routley, M. S.: A Centenary Appreciation (London, 1975).

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