Hadow, William Henry


English composer and teacher; born in Ebrington, Gloucester; educated in Malvern College and Worcester College, Oxford. In 1882 he took the degree of B.A. and in 1885 of M.A. and was appointed lecturer at Worcester College, where he was elected a fellow and tutor in 1888. In 1890 he took the degree of Bachelor of Music, and in the same year lectured on musical form for the professor of music, Sir John Stainer, these lectures becoming a feature of the musical life of Oxford until 1899. At that time Sir John Stainer was succeeded by Sir Hubert Parry, and Hadow was made University Examiner in Litt. Hum. until 1901. His own musical education had begun in 1882, at Darmstadt, continuing under Dr. C. H. Lloyd in 1884 and 1885. The next year he published a cantata, The Soul's Pilgrimage. Among his compositions are: Who are These?, a hymn for solos, chorus, strings and organ; When I was in Trouble, an anthem; string quartet in E flat, played by the Heckmann Quartet at Cologne in 1887; trio for piano and strings in G minor, played at the Musical Artists' Society in London, 1900; violin sonatas in A minor and F, the latter played by L. Strauss and the composer at the Musical Artists' Society in 1892; sonata in B minor for piano and viola; andante and allegro for violin and piano; and two piano sonatas. Most of this music was written for and originally performed by one or other of the Oxford societies for chamber-music. He later published two albums of songs. He is famous for his writings on music and its history, being editor of the Oxford History of Music, the fifth volume of which (the Viennese Period) he wrote himself. Other literary works are a series of studies in Modern Music; A Primer of Sonata Form; and a small volume on Haydn, under the title of A Croatian Composer.