Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley

Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley

Birth
Greater London, England
Death 6 Apr 1889 (aged 63)
Herefordshire, England
Burial Tenbury Wells, Malvern Hills District, Worcestershire, England
Memorial ID 93848967 · View Source
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He was born in London, the son of Sir Gore Ouseley, and manifested an extraordinary precocity in music, composing an opera at the age of eight years. In 1844, having succeeded to the baronetcy, he entered at Christ Church, and graduated B.A. in 1846 and M.A. in 1849. He was ordained in the latter year, and, as curate of St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, served the parish of St. Barnabas, Pimlico, until 1851.

In 1850 he took the degree of Mus.B. at the University of Oxford, and four years afterwards that of Mus.D., his exercise being the oratorio St Polycarp. He was professor of music at Oxford from 1855 to 1889. In 1856 he became vicar of St Michael's College on the outskirts of Tenbury Wells.

His works, which are little known today, include a second oratorio, Hagar (Hereford, 1873), a great number of services and anthems, cantatas, chamber music, organ pieces and songs. Among his instructional treaties on harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition are Harmony (1868) and Counterpoint (1869) and Musical Form (1875). One of his most useful works is a series of chapters on English music added to the translation of Emil Naumann's History of Music, the subject having been practically ignored in the German treatise.

A learned musician, and a man of great general culture, Ouseley's influence on younger men was wholly for good, and he helped forward the cause of musical progress in England.

Ouseley died in Hereford, where he had been precentor at Hereford Cathedral since 1855.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 93848967
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (12 Aug 1825–6 Apr 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93848967, citing St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Tenbury Wells, Malvern Hills District, Worcestershire, England ; Maintained by buttershap (contributor 46840435) .