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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Musical composer

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a composer who enjoyed considerable success in the early years of the twentieth century. At the age of five, Coleridge-Taylor began playing the violin and joined the choir of a Presbyterian church in Croydon, where H.A. Walters guided his progress and arranged his admittance to the Royal College of Music in 1890. He came to prominence in 1898 at the Gloucester Festival with his Ballade in A Minor, which was followed by his outstanding achievement, the trilogy for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast (1898), The Death of Minnehaha (1899), and Hiawatha's Departure (1900).