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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (September 30, 1852 – March 29, 1924) was an Irish composer.

Stanford was born in Dublin, the only son of John Stanford, examiner in the Court of Chancery (Dublin) and clerk of the Crown, County Meath. Both parents were accomplished amateur musicians; his father sang bass (and was also a cellist and his mother was a pianist. Charles trained under R. M. Levey (violin), Miss Meeke, Mrs…

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