Bennett, William Sterndale, 1816-1875

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William Sterndale Bennett was an English composer, conductor, and teacher of music. He wrote most of his best compositions in Leipzig, where he befriended Mendelssohn and Schumann. He later curtailed composition in favor of education, first as Professor of Music at Cambridge and later as Principal of the Royal Academy of music; he was also conductor of the London Philharmonic. His piano music remains a prime example of Victorian musical tastes.

From the description of William Sterndale Bennett letters to Edward Thring, 1871-1873. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56937482

First performance, Leipzig Gewandhaus, 17 January, 1838, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of 4ème concerto, op. 19 / par William Sterndale Bennett. [19--?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42886734

English composer; teacher of Arthur Sullivan.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 50 Inverness Terrace, to Arthur Sullivan, 1864 Nov. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125512

English composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Kensington Gardens, to Sir George [Smart], 1862 Nov. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672266

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], to Mr. [Joseph] Bennett, 1874 Nov. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672250

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [London], to [Sir John Everett] Millais 1872 Dec. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672263

From the description of Autograph letters signed (5), dated : [London], to [Otto] Goldschmidt, 1859 July 27-Nov. 15 and 1864 Jan. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672256

From the description of Autograph letter signed, postmarked : London, to Felix Mendelssohn, 1838 July 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672260

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], to Lionel Clarke, 1866 Apr. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672253

Composed Leipzig, 1840-41.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Cappriccio [sic] : pour le piano avec accompagnement d'orchestre / composé et dédié à Madame Louise Dulcken par William Sterndale Bennett. [19--?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42886718

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Goldman, Edwin Franko, 1878-1956. Edwin Franko Goldman autograph collection, 1823-1954. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Reeves, Sims, 1818-1900. Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], 22 July 1858, to [Mr. William Sterndale? Bennett], 1858 July 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan additional printed ephemera, 1815-2008. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], to Lionel Clarke, 1866 Apr. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letter signed : 50 Inverness Terrace, to Arthur Sullivan, 1864 Nov. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900. Autograph letters signed (27), dated : [London], Cabbé-Roquebrune, [and other places], to [Joseph Bennett], 1874-1893 and n.d., including 1874 Dec. 17. and 1893 Mar. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn The Mendelssohn papers, mid-18th-19th century University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Mädchen mit dem rothen Mündchen / William Sterndale Bennett ; poetry by Heine. Northwestern University
referencedIn Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872. Autograph letter signed, dated : London, 20 February 1866, to Mr. [Charles] Harding, 1866 Feb. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. William Sterndale Bennett letters to Edward Thring, 1871-1873. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Albi Rosenthal collection of letters between composers and music publishers, 1704-1966. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Longmans (Firm). Autograph letters signed (4) in the name of the firm, dated : London Feb. 4-23 June 1881, to Otto Goldschmidt, 1881 Feb. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edwin Franko Goldman Autograph Collection, ca. 1770-1954, 1850s-1940s Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letter signed, dated : Kensington Gardens, to Sir George [Smart], 1862 Nov. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [London], to [Sir John Everett] Millais 1872 Dec. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Autograph letter signed, dated : Leipzig, 13 January 1837, to N[icolas] Mori at Mori & Lavenu in London, 1837 Jan. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Letter : Leipzig, to Grattan Cooke, London, 1842 6 Mar. Brown University, Brown University Library
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Cappriccio [sic] : pour le piano avec accompagnement d'orchestre / composé et dédié à Madame Louise Dulcken par William Sterndale Bennett. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. [Rondos, piano, orchestra, K. 386, A major]. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
referencedIn Edison Sheet Music Collection, 1830-1958, (bulk 1890-1940) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Davison, James William, 1813-1885. Autograph letters signed (12), dated : [London, undated by year], to [Joseph] Bennett, 1880's. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], to Mr. [Joseph] Bennett, 1874 Nov. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Collection of music-related autographs, 1796-1874. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, 1816-1875. Barcarole. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Letter, 1844 Dec. 17, Berlin, to W. Sterndale Bennett. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. 4ème concerto, op. 19 / par William Sterndale Bennett. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Gabriel, Virginia, 1825-1877. Letter [1874?] May 25, 5 Chester Street, Grosvenor Place, S. W. [London] to [Sir William Sterndale?] Bennett [London?] University of Michigan
referencedIn Bennett, James Robert Sterndale. Autograph letter signed, dated : London, to Mr. Wingham, 1885 Nov. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Barnett, John Francis, 1837-1916. Autograph letters signed (18), dated : [London], to Richard Peyton, 1869-1873. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Macfarren, Walter, 1826-1905. Autograph letters signed (5), and letters signed (4), dated : [London], to Mr. [Joseph] Bennett, 1874-1901. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letters (2) signed : to J.E. Millais, 1872 Dec. 17 and 1873 Mar. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Goldschmidt, Otto, 1829-1907. Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], 19 November 1887, to Mr. Secker, 1887 Nov. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letter signed, postmarked : London, to Felix Mendelssohn, 1838 July 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hanover royal music archive, 1651-1951 (bulk circa 1770-1870). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hanover royal music archive, 1651-1951, 1770-1870 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Photographs of musicians, composers, and singers, 1862-1948. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Macfarren, George, Sir, 1813-1887. Letters in copyists' hands (15), 2 signed by Macfarren, dated : [London], 1873-1884 [and n.d.], to Mr. [Joseph] Bennett, 1873-1884 [and n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn William Sterndale Bennett collection, [19--?-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Bennett, William Sterndale, Sir, 1816-1875. Autograph letters signed (5), dated : [London], to [Otto] Goldschmidt, 1859 July 27-Nov. 15 and 1864 Jan. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Barlow. person
associatedWith Barnett, John Francis, 1837-1916. person
associatedWith Bennett, James Robert Sterndale. person
associatedWith Bennett, Joseph, 1831-1911, person
associatedWith Case. person
associatedWith Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872. person
associatedWith Clarke, Lionel, fl. 1866, person
associatedWith Costa, Michael, Sir, 1808-1884. person
associatedWith Davison, James William, 1813-1885. person
associatedWith Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy person
associatedWith Gabriel, Virginia, 1825-1877. person
associatedWith Goldman, Edwin Franko, 1878-1956. person
associatedWith Goldschmidt, Otto, 1829-1907. person
associatedWith Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856 person
associatedWith Joachim, Joseph, 1831-1907. person
associatedWith Loder, Kate. person
associatedWith Longmans (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Macfarren, George, Sir, 1813-1887. person
associatedWith Macfarren, Walter, 1826-1905. person
associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
associatedWith Millais, John Everett, Sir, 1829-1896, person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Reeves, Sims, 1818-1900. person
correspondedWith Rosenthal, Albi, 1914- person
associatedWith Smart, George Thomas, Sir, 1776-1867, person
associatedWith Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900. person
associatedWith Thomas A. Edison, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Thring, Edward, person
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Great Britain
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Piano with orchestra--Scores and parts
Songs (medium voice) with piano
Composers--19th century--Correspondence
Concertos (Piano)--Scores and parts
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Composers
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Birth 1816-04-13

Death 1875-02-01

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