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George Sainton Kaye Butterworth
Birth: Jul. 12, 1885
Paddington
City of Westminster
Greater London, England
Death: Aug. 5, 1916
Pozieres
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France

Composer, Musicologist. He was a key figure of England's Folk Revival of the early 1900s, and his music was inspired by the sights and sounds of the English countryside. He is best known for his haunting vocal settings of A.E. Houseman's poetry, "Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'" (1911) and "Bredon Hill and Other Songs" (1912), and for the exquisite orchestral miniature "Banks of Green Willow" (1913). Butterworth was born in London into a prosperous family, and raised in Yorkshire. He attended Eton, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity College, Oxford, where he became close friends with folk music collector Cecil Sharp and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. From 1906 to 1913 he made field notations of over 430 country songs and dances, some of which were published in the collection "Folk Songs from Essex" (1913); he also became an expert folk dancer and a short film clip of him performing a Morris jig survives. Butterworth's handful of compositions, including the orchestral rhapsodies "2 English Idylls" (1912) and "A Shropshire Lad" (1912), are memorable for their delicate lyricism. He destroyed most of his unpublished manuscripts before entering military service at the start of World War I. Commissioned a lieutenant with the Durham Light Infantry, he was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Military Cross shortly before he was killed leading a raid at Pozieres, during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered. Butterworth's early death robbed English music of one of its most promising talents. Vaughan Williams' famous "A London Symphony" (1914) was created at Butterworth's suggestion and its later revised versions were dedicated to his memory. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Thiepval Memorial *
Thiepval
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France
Plot: Panel Number: Pier and Face 14A and 15C
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Oct 16, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9606452
George Sainton Kaye Butterworth
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
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