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peace,' wherein knowledge and dignity of true
church style is so cons:picuous, and which is one
of the brightest gems in a collection of choral
jewels.

As an organist, Wesley was for a considerable
period acknowledged the first in this country.
His touch was eminently legato, his style always
noble and elevated. At Winchester he was
heard to great advantage on Willis's fine or-
gan. His extempore playing after the Psalms,
before the Anthem, or after the Service, is a
thing to be remembered, and various players
after hearing him changed their style for the
better, some of them catching a ray of the
afflatus dh-inus which, as organist, may be
fidrly ascribed to him. His views, formed from
early habit, on two important points in the
construction of organs were curiously divergent
from opinions widely held, for he was an ad-
vocate both of unequal temperament and of a
'G,' or 'F' compass — two heles noires to most
organists and organ-builders. But in support-
ing such exceptional views, he could give not
unpractical reasons for the belief that was in
him.

Those well-acquainted with Wesley could not
fail, notwithstanding a manner at times reserved,
retiiing, or even eccentric, to appreciate his
kindness and sympathy. To those he liked and
trusted he could be an agreeable and interest-
ing companion and friend, and these will not
forget their pleasant intercourse with him,
even on occasions when music formed little or
no part of conversation. That he felt deeply
and aimed high is proved in the devotional
and masterly works with which, at a period
when our ecclesiastical music was at a low ebb,
he enriched the choral repertory of the Church
of England.

The following is a list of Dr. Wesley's pub-
lished compositions.



Anthems, etc.

Ascribe unto the Lord.

All go unto one place. (Funeral.)
S.A.T.B.

Blessed be the Lord Ood of Israel.
(t;hristma.s.) 4 voices.

Blessed be the God and Father.
SS.A.T.B.

Cast me not awav from Thy pre-
sence. SS.A.TT.B.

Give the Kinj Thy judgments.
S.AA.TT.J'..

Glory be to God on high. Full.

4 voices,

God be merciful unto us. (Mar-
riage.) 4 voices.
I am Thine, save me. Full.

5 voices.

I will arise ; and remember not.
Let us lift up our heart. 8 voices.
Man that is born of a woman.

S.A.T.B.
O give thanks unto the Lord.

S.A.T.B.
God. Whose nature and pro-

peity. Knll, 4 voices.
how amiable. (Weekesl.
O Lord, my God (Solomon's

Vrayer). S.A.T.B,
O Lord, Thou art mjr God. 8

voices.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.

S.A.T.B.
Thu Face of the Lord. 8 voices.



The Lord Is my Shepherd.

(Weekes.)
The Wilderness. S.A.T.B.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect

peace, S.A.TT.B.
Three Collects fur the three first

Sundays in Advent. Two for

Treble, and one for Bass.
Wash me throughly. S.A.T.B.
The Hundredth Psalm, arranged

with various harmony lor

choirs.
By tlie rivers of Babylon (Soprano

solo).
Ditto. (Alto solo.)

Services, etc.

(In E). Te Deum. Jubilate. Ky-
rie, Sanctus, and Creed. Mag-
nificat and NuTic Dimittis.

(In F;. Chant Service. Te Deum
and Jubilate; Magnificat and
Nunc Dimittis.

(In F). Chant Service, Letter B,
Te Deum. Jubilate, Magnificat
and \unc dimittis.

(In G), Clianr Service. Te Deum,
Jubilate, Magnirtcat,aiid Nunc
Dimittis.

(In 0). Glory be to God on high,
(early work.)

Fon Oroan.
Six Pieces fur a Chamber Organ
(Set 1 and 2).



Introduction and Fugue, In Cj

miiior.
Andante in G,

,, in A (posthumous).
In F, minor, (do.)
National anthem, with variations.
An Air, varied, composed for

Holswortliy church bells, (do.)
■Studio' lor Organ.
Grave and Andante for 'The Or-

gjnist's Quarterly Journal,'

and some otlier contributions

to collections.

The Psalter, pointed for Chanting,

The European Psalmist,

Ode, for the opening of an In-
dustrial Kxliibition, words by
W. H. Bellamy,

The praise of Music, for Gounod
Choir at Albert Hall, IS73,

Numerous Ghauts aud Hymn
tuues.

Glees.

I wish to tune my quiv'rlng lyre,
A,TT.BB.

Wlieii fierce conflicting passions.

Shall I tell you whom I love ?



SoNOS.
Shall I tell you whom I love (w

Violoncello, ad lib.)
When froin the great Great)

hand (from the Ode),
Strou'.' in heart and strong In ht

(Ditto).
Silently, silently (Ditto).
There be none of beauty's daui

ters.
Wert thou like me.
The Rutterfly.

Orplian hours, tlie year Is dead
Hoher Muth und sCisse Uk

(with Violoncello ad lib.).

FOE PF.
Air and variations.
March in minor, and Hoi
inO.



Also a pamphlet entitled ' A F ;,
Words on Cathedral Hu
and the Musical System of!
Church, with a plan of Befbn
(Rivingtons,]849.)



A few MS. sketches are preserved at L
Church and elsewhere. [H.Sj

WESSEL, CHnisTTAN Rudolph, born in lyg
at Bremen, came to England in 1825, and est
blished, with an amateur named Stodart, at No
Soho Square, the firm of music-publishers We
sel & Stodart, for the popularisation of foreig
music in this country. In 1838 Stodart r
tired and Wessel continued the business unt
1S39, when he took in Stapleton as a partne
and removed to 67 Frith Street, Soho. Abot
this time the firm entered into a contract wil
Chopin for the exclusive right to publish h
works in England, paying him £12 for each fr«
composition. In 1845 Stapleton left the fim
and Wessel again carried on business by himsel
from 1846 at 229 Regent Street, and from l8£
at 19 Hanover Square, until i860, when he n
tired in favour of Messrs. Edwin ASHDOWN ao
Henry John Parry, both of them long in h
employ. In 1882 Mr.Parry retired, and since the
it has been in the hands of Mr. Ashdown aloM

Wessel was a great benefactor to the sprea
of music in England. Among composers wha
works were introduced by him are Schuber
Schumann, ]\Tendelssohn, Abt, Kiicken, Gadi
Schulhof, Heller, etc. Of the works of Heller, t
of those of Chopin, Wessel and his successors hav
had, and still hold, the exclusive copyright 1
England, though by a decision of the Court (
Chancery in 1S53, several important works wei
lost to them. [See BoosEY & Co.] Since thJ
period they have turned their attention to th
publication of the works of resident composen
such as Brinley Richards, Sydney Smith, Gani
Elliott, etc. In 1S67 they were the first to estf
blish a monthly musical mngazine by the pul
lication of ' Hanover Square.' Mr. Wessel die
at Eastbourne, March 15, 1S85. [A.O.

WESTBROOK, William Joseph, Mus. Doo
born in London Jan. i, 1831. His instructfl
was Mr. R. Temple, a blind organist. In 184
he became organist of St. Bartholomew's, Betb
nal Green, which he exchanged in 1851 for SI
Bartholomew's, Sydenham, where he has sine
remained. He took his degree of Mus. Bac. a



WESTBROOK.

abridge in February 1876, the exercise being
siting of Psalm xxiii. for chorus, solo voices
[ orchestra ; and his Doctor of Music degree in
y 1878, his exercise, 'Jesus, an oratoriette,'
solo voices, eight-part chorus, and orchestra,
ing been performed with great success in the
pel of Queen's College, Cambridge. He is
iminer in Music to the College of Preceptors;
sub-organist at the Crystal Palace for some
ie years, and conductor for thirteen years of
South Norwood Musical Society, with which
las given 73 concerts of high-class music.
)r. Westbrook has published much in various
iches: very many organ-pieces, original or
mged ; songs, part-songs, madrigals, canons ;
;lish text to many songs of Mozart, Schubert,
Fesca, etc. ; in part or entirely the English
I of De Beriot's, Dancla's, and Alard's Violin
ools ; Organ Tutors ; a large portion of the
12 volumes of the 'Musical Standard';
T many pieces for the harmonium, etc., etc.
has a large number of pupils in the neigh-
?hood of his residence. [G.]

T^ESTERN MADRIGAL SOCIETY, THE,
one of the results of that impulse to the
y of ancient music which began in England
le latter part of the first half of this century,
which produced the Musical Antiquarian,
idel, and Motet Societies, V. Novello's Purcell,
edition of Boyce's Cathedral Music, Burns's
ices and Anthems, the Parish Choir, and
r monuments.

i was founded at a meeting held at 27 Soho
are, Feb. 24, 1840: its first president was
Joseph Calkin, and its first conductor Mr.
Hawes, who was succeeded by Messrs. J.
.e and James Coward, Dr. E. J. Hopkins
Dr. J. F, Bridge. Ten practice- nieetings
iield annually, from October to April, at the
le of the Royal Society of Musicians, Lisle
et, Leicester Square. The annual subscrip-
is two guineas, and the number of ordinary
ibers forty. Prizes are occasionally given for
composition of madrigals. The Society has
mulated a fine library. [G.]

'ESTLAKE, Fbedeeick, pianist and com-
r, born 1840, at Romsey, Hants. From
i-59 he was a student at the Royal Academy
lusic, of which institution in i860 he was
e Sub-professor, then Associate, and in 1863
essor. Mr. Westlake played in public with
ess, until the demands made on his time for
bing became too great. He re-appeared,
22, 1873, at Mr. W. H. Holmes's concert,
played, with his pupil Miss Agnes Channel,*
pin's Rondo for Two Pianofortes, probably
he first time in England. Mr. Westlake is
jmber of the Philharmonic Society and the
3ty of Musicians. His compositions include
issinEb; an O Salutaris ; a Kyrie and Gloria
ti orchestra) ; hymns included in ' Hymns
lent and Modern'; a Duo Concertante for
10 and Cello; an Allegro con forza, a set of nine
:sodes,' and aFugue in Octaves for Piano Solo ;

osen by Sterndale Bennett to introduce to the public his
of Orleans' sonata.
VOL. IV. PT. 4.



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Songs and Part Songs, ' Lyra Studentium,' etc.
He also completed Sterndale Bennett's edition of
Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues. L^-C]

WESTMINSTER. Under this head may be
mentioned theCATHOLicGEEGOEiAN Association
for the study, practice, and use of Plain Chant,
founded in 1882 by Mr. W. Marsh, under the
patronage of Cardinal Manning and several other
Bishops. The Society consists of active, honorary,
and corresponding members ; the subscription of
the active members is 2s. 6d. a year ; the affairs
are managed by a Council ; the Musical Director
is the Rev. Charles A. Cox, and the Secretary
Mr. W. Marsh, Archbishop's House, Westmin-
ster, S.W. [G.]

WESTMORELAND, John Fane, eleventh
Earl of (of the creation of 1624) — better known
in the musical world by the courtesy title of
LoKD BuEGHERSH, which he bore before his suc-
cession to the earldom — was bom Feb. 3, 1784.
He entered the army and served in the various
campaigns from 1805 to 1815, and was subse-
quently envoy at Florence, and ambassador suc-
cessively at Berlin and Vienna, His love for
music manifested itself in early youth, and he
became a good violinist. Whilst a student at
Cambridge he obtained instruction from Dr.
Hague, the University professor ; he also studied
under Zeidler at Berlin and Mayseder at Vienna.
He essayed composition, and produced 6 Italian
operas, 'Bajazet,' 'IlTorneo,' 'Fedra,' 'L'Eroe
di Lancastro,' ' II Ratto di Proserpina,' and ' Lo
Scompiglio teatrale ' ; an English opera, ' Cathe-
rine' — a re-setting of Cobb's 'Siege of Bel-
grade ' ; a Grand Mass, a Service, a Magnificat,
and two anthems, besides hymns, madrigals,
songs, duets, etc., etc. In 181 7 he was one of
the unsuccessful competitors for the prize offered
for the best setting of William Linley's Ode on
the death of Samuel Webbe. His real claim to
distinction, however, is not his musicianship,
but the energy, perseverance and success with
which he advocated, and ultimately succeeded in
procuring, the establishment of an Academy of
Music in London, and the zeal with which, as
its President, he strove at all times to advance
its interests. [See Royal Academy op Music]
In 1832 he was appointed a Director of the
Concert of Antient Music. He succeeded to the
earldom on the death of his father, Dec. 15,
1844, and died Oct. 16, 1859. [W.H.H.]

WESTROP, Henry John, born July 22,1812,
at Lavenham, Suffolk ; made his first appearance
at 13, at the Sudbury Theatre as pianist, violinist
and singer. He afterwards became organist at St.
Stephen's, Norwich; in 183 1 at Little Stanmore ;
1S32, at Fitzroy Chapel, and April 3, 1834, at St.
Edmund, Lombard Street, which he held till his
death. He at one time played the violin at the
Royal Italian Opera and the Philharmonic Society,
of which he was a member.'^ Westrop's abilities
as a composer were greater than his reception by
musicians and the public would imply. His com-

2 See Mr. 0. B. Stephens in the ' Musical World,' Oct. 11, 1879, to
whom we are indebted for our information.

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WESTROP.



positions include Quartets for strings and for
piano and strings (^PurJay, and Aiigenerl; Dno
Concertante, op. 6, for piand and flute (Wessel);
Sonata for piano and violin (Stanley Lucas) ;
2 PF. pieces, ' Greeting and Parting ' (Cocks) :
in MS. 2 PF. Quintets in C minor and Eb,
produced by the Society of British Musicians;
also an opera, 'The Maid of Bi-emen,' libretto
by Fitzhall, written for Pyne and Harrison. He
died of paralysis, Sept. 23, 1879. His daughter
Kate, a pianist, has succeeded to his organ in
the City. His younger brothers, East, John,
and Thomas, were also musicians ; Thomas's
name is affixed to the translation of Catel's
Treatise on Harmony (London, 1S76). [A.C.]

WEYRAUCH, August Heinrich von. A
composer whose name must be mentioned because
he is the author of a scng ' Adieu,' or ' Lebe
wohl,' often attributed to Schubert, and at one
time very much sung. It was published by the
author in 1S24, under liis own name, with the
title of ' Nach Osten,' to words by Wetzel. Its
attribution to Schubert i-i due to Paris, where it
was published about 1S40 as 'Adieu! Paroles
fratifaises de M. Belanger,' etc. A transcription
of it as Schubert's by Dohler (op. 45, no. 3),
appeared in Germany in 1S43, and lastly it was
published in Schubert's name by Schlesinger of
Berlin as a song with German text, in 1845.
Weyrauch is not mentioned in any Dictionary,
nor even in Whistling's ' Handbuch,' and the
above information is taken from Nottebohm's
Thematic Catalogue of Schubert, p. 254.

Whistling (1828) mentions a Sophie von V/et-
BAUCH as the composer of an Overture (op. 3',
and two books of Dances for PF. [G.]

W^HISTLING AND HOFMETSTER'S
HANDBUCH. The origin of this useful work
is due to C. F. Whistling, a Leipzig publisher,
who in 1817 brought out tlie first volume, under
the title 'Handbucli dermusil<alischen Literatur,
oder allgemcines systematiich geordnetes Ver-
zeichniss gedruckter IMusikalien, auch musikal-
ischer Schriften und Abbildungen mit Anzeige
des Verlegers und Preises,' Svo. This work was
published anonymously by A. Meysel, and con-
tains a tolerably complete list of the music
published in Germany, with some additions from
neighbouring countries, between tiie years 1780
and 1817. In 1819 the publication was bought
by the elder Hofmeister (also a Leipzig ))ub-
lisher), but in 1825 it was resold to Whistling.
The 18 1 7 volume was followed by ten yearly
supplements, carr^'ing the work down to 1S27.
In 1828 the second volume (or rather a new
edition of that of 181 7) appeared. This work,
to which Whistling's name appears, is an Svo.
volume of 115S pages; it is divided into three
parts, and was followed by a supplement, con-
taining a list of the works published while the
book was in the press. In 1829 Whistling sold
his whole business to the Hofmeisters, who
thus again obtained possession of the work, and
brought out two more supplements, carrying it
down to ib^3 aud iS^8 respectively. In 1844 a



WHITAKER. I

third edition appeared under the following title'
' C. F. Whistling's Handbuch der musikalischei t
Literatur, oder allgemeines systematisch-geor4| ^i
netes Verzeichniss der in Deutschland und jk fi
den angrenzenden Landern gedruckten Musikaf e
lien auch rausikalischen Schiitten und Abbilt ?!
dungen, mit Anzeige der ^"erlege^ und PreiaA &
Dritte, bis zum Anfang des Jahres 1844 erganztt
Aufiage. Bearbeitet undherausgegeben von Ai '^
Hofmeister.' This edition (a 4to. volume) wai K
published by Friedrich Hofmeister. It consislt *
of three parts with separate pagination (Partly i
pp. 144; Part II, pp. 336 ; Part III, pp. 340)1
the third part is dated 1S45, and is preceded""
a list of the changes which have taken place
the various firms of music-publishers duru^
the period covered by the volume. In 1851 a i:
series of yearly Svo. volumes was begun, con-
taining lists of the music published during
the year preceding that of each publication.
This series is still continued. In 1852 another;'
\olame (3S2 pp.) of the 4to edition carried tip j
collection on from January 1844 until the era
of 1 85 1. In i860 a second volume (470 pp.)
carried it down to the end of 1859, aud in 186
a third (561 pp.) down to the end of 186]
These volumes were all edited by Adolph Hol
meister, and published by Friedrich Hofmeister, j
but since 1S76 the work has been both edited
and published by the latter. The last two
volumes of the 4to series which have hitherto
(March, 18S6) appeared, are those of 1S76 (575
pp.) and iSSi (6S5 pp.). Tlie titles the volumes
at present bear, according to which the i860
issue appears as ' Fiinfter Band oder Zweitor
Erganzungsband,' seem a little ambiguous un-
less it is remembered that the editions of l8l7i
182S, 1S44, and 1852 are treated as the firet
four voluiiies, though the issue of 1852 is at
the same time regarded as the first supplement
to its predecessors. [\V.B.S.J

WHITAKER, John, boi-n 1776, was organist
of St. Clement, East Cheap, and composer of the j
music of many popular dramatic pieces, amoni
which were 'The Outside Passenger,' l8u I
'Orange Boven,' 1S13: 'A Chip of the Old^;
Block,' and 'My Spouse and I,' 1815 ; 'The
Broken Sword,' 1816; 'A Friend in Need,"
1817; 'Three Miles from Paris,' 1818; 'A
Figure of Fun,' 1821; ' The Apprentice's Opera,'
' The Rake's Progress,' ' Sixes and Sevens,' etc.
He joined Reeve in composing music for ' Whoa
to have her,' and contributed some songs to
'Guy Mannering' (1816), amongst them the
popular ' Oh, slumber, my darling.' He also
composed the music for several pantomimes, in
one of which (produced at Sadler's Wells on
Easter Momlay, April 12, 1819) occurred the
famous Clown's song, ' Hot CodlJns,' written for
Grimaldi. His comic songs ('Darby Kelly,
' Paddy Carey,' and others) were highly popular.
He composed some anthems, music for English
versions of the Odes of Anacreon and .^Esops
Fables, The Seraph Collections of Sacred Music,
2 vols., and 12 Pedal Exercises for the OrgM-
He died Dec. 4, 1847. [W.H.H.]



WHITE.

VHITE, Rev. Matthew, Mns. Doc, a bass
^er in the choir of Wells Cathedral, became
anist of Ch. Ch. Cathedral, Oxford, l6ii, and
i admitted Nov. 2, 1613, gentleman and gos-
ler of the Chapel Royal. He re-signed the
ointment Sept. 25, 1614. On June 2, 1619, he
. Cuthbert Joyner, Serjeant of the Vestry of the
ipel Roj-al, were appointed Surveyors ot lands,
, belonging to rectories, vicarages, and rural
bends in England and Wales. He accuniu-
id the degrees of Mus. Bao. and Mus. Doc. at
"ord, July iS, 1629. Anthems by him are
Barnard's MS. collections, in the Tudway
lection, in Ely Cathedral Library, and else-
2re. The words of some are given by Clifford,
le catches by him are in ' The Musical Corn-
ion," 1667. [See White, Robert.] [W.H.H.]
VHITE, M.\UDE Val£rte, born of English
ents at Dieppe, June 23, 1855. After
uiring the rudiments of harmony and compo-
3n from W. S. Rockstro and Oliver May, she
jred the Royal Academy of Music in Oct.
6, and studied composition imder Sir G. A.
cfarren. In Feb. 1879 ^^^^ ^^'^^ elected to
Mendelssohn Scholarship, wliich she held
two years, studying the while under Mac-
en and F. Davenport. In April iSSi ill-
1th compelled her to give up the scholarship
reside for a time in South America. Pre-
isly, however, to her departure, a portion
3, Mass of hers was performed at a Ro^'al
iderny Students' Orchestral Concert. In
winter of 1883 she completed her musical
lies in Vienna^ since which she has resided in
idon.

t is as a song-writer that Miss White is

wn ; her songs are often graceful, melodious,

l-written, and well-adapted to the voice.

ong the most popular of them are * Absent

Present,' ' The devout lover,' ' Ye Cupids,'

' When passion's trance.' Her best songs

to words by Heriick and Shellev. For

ance, for ' To' Blossoms,' ' To Daffodils,' ' To

:tra,' ' To Music, to becalm Ids fever,' she

written pure, quaint, .-md measured music

lorough accord with Herrick's delicate but

:what archaic turns of thought and lan-

;e. But a song of greater scope and merit

any of these is to Shelley's words, ' My

is an enchanted boat,' from 'Pronie-

3 Unbound.' Here she has completely

ht the spirit of Shelley's beautiful song, and

Droved herself to be an adequate interpreter

I most exquisite lyric: and it is not too much

ly that the song is one of the best in our

uage. And worthy of all praise is her

5ugh appreciation of the importance of the

s of songs, an appreciation attested alike

le excellence of the poetry she sets to music,

by her own careful attention to the metre

iccents of the verse.

Miss White's German and French songs

aay mention Heine's ' Weim ich in deine

sn seh,' and ' Im wunderschonen Monat

and Victor Hugo's 'Chantez, chantez,

! Inspiree,' and * Heureux qui jjeut aimer,'



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also a fine setting of Schiller's ' Ich habe gelebt
und geliebet,' for soprano and orchestra.

Of her later attempts we may mention some
interesting settings of poems from ■ In Memoriam.'
But it may be doubted whether these noble
poems are sufficiently lyrical for the musician's
purpose. [A.H.W.]

WHITE, MEADOWS. Alice May Meadows
White, nee Smith, a distinguished English com-
poser, was born May 19, 1839. She was a pupil
of Sir W. Sterndale Bennett and Sir G. A. Mac-
farren ; married Frederick Meadows White, Esq.,
Q.C., Jan. 2, 1867, was elected Female Profes-
sional Associate of the Philharmonic Society in
Nov. 1867, Hon. Member of the Royal Academy
of Music in 1SS4, and die! Dec. 4, 1SS4. She
was a prolific composer of works of all dimen-
sions. The list embraces 2 Symphonies, in C
minor (1863), and G (18 — ); Overtures to ' En-
dymion' (1871), 'Lalla Rookh' (1865), 'Masque
of Pandora,' with two Intermezzi (1878), and
'Jason' (1S79) ; a Concerto for clarinet and or-
chestra (1872) ; an Introduction and Allegro for
PF. and orchestra (1865) ; 4PF. quartets, in Bt)
(1 861), D (1864), E, and G minor; a PF. trio
in G (1S62); 3 String quartets, in D (1S62), A
(1870), and G; also 5 Cantatas for soli, chorus,
and orchestral accompaniment — ' Rudesheim or
Gisela' (1865), Kingsley's ' Ode to the North-
East Wind' (Hackney Choral Association, 1S80),
CoUins's 'Ode to the Passions' (Hereford festi-
val, 1S82), Kingsley's 'Song of the Little Bal-
tung • (1S83), Kingsley's ' Red King' (1S84), the
four last published by Novellos ; Part Song ' The
Dream' (1863); Duet (S. T.) ' Maying' ; many
solo-songs, duets, etc. 'Her music,' says the
'Athenaeum' of Dec. 13, 1S84, 'is marked by
elegance and grace ratlier than by any great
individuality . . . that she was nut deficient in
power and energy is proved by portions of the
Ode to the North-East Wind, and The Pas-
sions. Her forms were always clear and her
ideas free from eccentricity ; her sympathies
were evidently with the classic rather than with
the romantic school.' [G.]

WHITE, Robert, a great English musician of
the 1 6th cent., of whose life no particulars seem
obtainable. In an organ book at Ely Cathedral
there is a list of organists, according to which
White was organist there from 1562 to 1567,
and died in the last-named year. The official
register of the organists commences with John
Farrant on Dec. 9, 1567. An old MS. in the
possession of the Rev. Sir F. A. G. Ouseley may
be understood to say that White was organist of
Westminster Abbey 'temp, is^io.' In one of
the MSS. in the library of Ch. Ch., Oxford, he
is constantly described as of Westminster, and
once in full as 'Mr. Ro. Whytt, batohelar of art,
batchelar of musick, organist of Westminster,
and m"" of the children of the same.' More defi-
nite still is a MS. note by Mr. John Stafford
Smith in the margin of a copy of Burney's His-
tory (vol. iii. p. 66) in the Royal College ot
Music Library, according to which 'Robert

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WHITE.



White commenced org', of Wesf. Abbey anno
1570, and master of the choristers 1574- Died



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