Parratt, Sir Walter

English organist and teacher, Master of the Queen's (King's) Music to Victoria, Edward VII, and George V

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(1841-1924) English organist and composer. Son of a parish organist, he began to play the pipe organ at an early age, and held posts as an organist while still a child. A child prodigy, he played Bach's complete "The Well-Tempered Clavier" by heart, without notice, at age 10. In 1872 he succeeded John Stainer at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he remained for 10 years. From 1882 he held the post of organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and became Heather Professor of Music at Oxford in 1908, succeeding Hubert Parry. He became one of the foremost organ teachers of his day, with many important posts in Britain filled by his students. He was president of the Royal College of Organists. Parratt was also a distinguished chess player and was able to simultaneously play chess and a complex organ piece at first sight. He served for a few months as president of the Oxford University Chess Club and for 2 years was captain of the eight chosen to play against Cambridge. Knighted in 1892, in 1893 he was appointed Master of the Queen's Music to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George V. Later honors included: Member (MVO, 1901), Commander (CVO, 1917), and Knight Commander (KCVO, 1921) of the Royal Victorian Order. There is a monument to him in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, next to the entrance to King George VI Memorial Chapel where King George VI and the Queen mother are buried. Signed 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 card, undated but ca. 1901.

Condition: Very good, slight toning at bottom and right edges
Type:Signed Card






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