1 of 6 portraits of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
by Walter Wallis
oil on canvas, 1881
10 1/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (256 mm x 205 mm) overall
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- Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Musical composer. Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was the son of a doctor from Sierra Leone and an English mother. As a child he learnt the violin and sung in the church choir and in 1890 entered the Royal College of Music to study the violin and composition. He was still a student when his works began to be played in public, one of which was Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, the first part of his Hiawatha trilogy, a treatment of Longfellow's verse (1898). The completed trilogy brought him an international reputation. A composer of opera, orchestral, church and chamber music Coleridge-Taylor also wrote incidental music for the romantic plays at His Majesty's Theatre. In 1904 he was appointed conductor of the Handel Society, a post he combined with his role as a music teacher in Croydon, the town where he lived and died.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 136
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912 Centenary (17 July 2012 - 17 March 2013)