Davy, John

1763-1824

Composer; born at Upton-Helipns, near Exeter, England, and resided there for many years as a teacher. He became violinist in the orchestra at Covent Garden and composed a great many pieces of music. Among his works are the music to plays; ballets; an overture to Shakespeare's Tempest; madrigals; quartets; songs; chants and anthems. One of his songs, Bay of Biscay, attained to great popularity, and his name is remembered in the present generation chiefly in connection with it. It was fresh, breezy and unrivaled in its way. Among his dramatic pieces were Rob Roy Macgregor, and Spanish Dollars. He also collaborated with many composers in the production of operas. With the exception of the Bay of Biscay his works are never heard.