The scythiads an heroic poem after Virgil, by John Wall Callcott, a youth nine years of age, .. (1775)
John Wall Callcott (20 November 1766 – 15 May 1821) was an eminent English composer.Callcott was born in Kensington, London. He was a pupil of Haydn, and is celebrated mainly for his glee compositions and catches. In the best known of his catches he ridiculed Sir John Hawkins' History of Music. Although ill-health prevented Callcott from completing his Musical Dictionary, His Musical Grammar (1806) remained in use throughout the 19th century.His glees number at least 100, of which 8 won prizes. Callcott set lyrics by leading poets of his day, including Thomas Gray, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Chatterton, Robert Southey and Ossian. They include (selective list):O snatch me swift for 5 voices SATBarBIt was a friar of orders grey for 3 voices SSBIn the lonely vale of streams for 4 voices SATBElla for 4 voices SATBCara, vale! for 4 voices SSTBFather of Heroes (1792) for 5 voices ATTBBThe Erl-King - a setting of Goethe's Erlkönig translated into English by Matthew Lewis, author of the Gothic novel, The Monk,the original setting (as a three part glee) of Drink to me only with thine eyesA number of his glees specify two soprano or treble (boy soprano) voices, the second of which has a range appropriate to a female mezzo-soprano or contralto (but would have been thought too high for a counter-tenor of this period).Callcott also composed solo songs and religious music including psalms and sacred canons.Callcott's daughter Elizabeth married William Horsley who, in 1824, published A collection of Glees Canons and Catches, an edition of his father-in-law's works together with a Memoir of Dr Callcott. His brother, Augustus Wall Callcott, was a noted landscape painter.
Audience: Juvenile; Illustrations: Illustrations; Illustrations: Plates; A new edition..; Approximate date attributed by watermarks: A copy sold at Sotheby's (25.02.76/34) watermarked 1827, with an inscription dated 1829 (cf. Moon); two copies at the Bodleian Library...
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