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Charles John Stanley (17th January 1712–19th May 1786) was an English composer and organist.

Stanley, who was blind from an early age, studied music with Maurice Greene and held a number of organist appointments in London, such as St Andrew’s, Holborn, from 1726. He was a friend of George Frideric Handel, and following Handel’s death, Stanley joined first with John Christopher Smith and later with Thomas Linley to continue the series of oratorio concerts Handel had established, and succeeded him as a governor of the Foundling Hospital (continuing his tradition of performing “Messiah” for them).

In 1779, Stanley succeeded William Boyce as Master of the King’s Musick.

Stanley’s works include the opera Teraminta, the dramatic cantata The Choice of Hercules, twelve other cantatas with texts by John Hawkins, the oratorios Jephtha, The Fall of Egypt and Zimri, and instrumental music, notably three volumes of Voluntaries (1748, 1752, and 1754). Some of them are the so called trumpet voluntaries, they were written for organ utilizing the trumpet stop, hence the name; arrangements for string chamber orchestra and trumpet are modern.

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  • Jonnoman

    Superb Organ Composer why aren't there more listens and pieces!

    4 Jan 2009 Reply