Waley, Simon



Jewish composer; choruses for use in the musical services of the Synagogue being among his best work. He was born in London; received his first instruction in music from his sister, studied the piano under Moscheles, Bennett and G. A. Osbprne and became an excellent pianist, studied theory and composition under W. Horsley and Molique. Before the age of twelve he composed various pieces for the piano, his first published work, a study for the piano, appearing in 1848. Among his compositions are songs; duets; numerous pieces for the piano; trios for piano; piano concerto with orchestral accompaniment; duets for violin and piano; a choral setting of the 117th and 118th Psalms.