Corder, Frederick


Born in London. He was a dramatic composer of considerable ability, and translated several of Wagners music-dramas into English. He gave promise, while very young, of musical talent, but was intended by his parents for a business career. He became a pupil of the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained the Mendelssohn Scholarship, in 1875, and also studied at Cologne with Ferdinand Hitler. Returning to England, in 1879, he was appointed conductor of the orchestra at the Brighton Aquarium, where he gave many important works and improved the character of the concerts. The next few years he devoted to musical compositions, and among his published works are Morte d'Arthur, an opera which was written in 1877; The Cyclops, a cantata; In the Black Forest, a suite for the orchestra; overtures, songs and partsongs. In 1890 he was appointed orchestral director at Trinity college. London, and curator of the Royal Academy of Music. He also was made editor of The Overture, a monthly paper published by the students of the Royal Academy, and in 1896 lectured at the Royal Institution. Together with his wife and brother he translated Wagner's Die Mcistersinger and Der Ring DCS Nibclungen. He made many contributions to the English press including elaborate analyses of Wagner's operas.