Iliffe, Frederick


English composer, organist, and conductor. Born at Smeeton, near Leicester, and educated privately in music. From 1879 to 1883 he was organist and choirmaster of St. Barnabas' Church, Oxford; until 1900 was in the same capacity at St. John's College, and has since been organist at Oxford University. From 1883 to 1904 he led the Queen's College Musical Society. He received the degree of Bachelor of Music from Oxford in 1873, and in 1879 that University made him Doctor of Music for his oratorio, The Visions of St. John the Divine. He has written numerous pieces for the organ, including a prelude and fugue; several orchestral works, among them an overture in E; a sonata in D; and other piano compositions. He is especially prolific as a vocal composer, producing in this line an eight-part motet, Sweet Echo; the cantatas, Lara, Morning, Power of Song, and Via Crucis; an Evening Service in D, for male voices; and Anglican chant settings for the canticles. He also wrote an analysis of J. C. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier. His favorite amusements are canoeing, fishing and gardening. He resides at present at Oxford.