Nathan, Isaac

1791-1864

 

Born of Jewish parentage at Canterbury, England, and educated at Cambridge for the priesthood. Became the pupil of Domenico Corri, an Italian teacher in singing; developed a fine musical taste, and decided to follow the life of a musician. In 1812 he met Byron; became very intimate with the poet, and from 1815 to 1822 produced the songs he had composed to Lord Byron's poems, which he called Hebrew Melodies. Nathan was a much esteemed singing master in London, and appeared there at Coyent Garden in the opera, Guy Mannering. He early composed a number of songs, among them Infant Love, and The Sorrows of Absence; and wrote part of the music for the comedy, Sweethearts and Wives; a comic opera, Alcaid; the Illustrious Stranger, an operatic farce; and Merry Freaks in Troublous Times, produced in Sidney, Australia, where he went in 1841. He has also published an essay on the History and Theory of Music, and on the Capabilities and Management of the Human Voice, and the Life of Madame Malibran de Beriot. Nathan's death in Sidney was the result of an accident.