To celebrate to commemorate: John Wall Callcott (1766 – 1821) | MusiCB3 Blog

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John Wall Callcott (1766 – 1821) is synonymous with the Glee, that quintessentially English unaccompanied sentimental part-song, usually for male voices, popular in the 18th and early 19th century for the enjoyment of which the Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Catch Club was founded in 1761, and which awarded prizes for different types of glee and catch. Callcott, the 250th anniversary of whose birth we celebrate this year, produced somewhere upwards of 150 glees in his lifetime and his reputation as a composer of these works was sealed when he won no fewer than three of the Catch Club prizes in 1785.

So successful was Callcott composing in this idiom, that he went on to win prizes at the…

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