John Stanley


Born: January 17, 1712; London, England   Died: May 19, 1786; London, England  
Blinded at age 2, John Stanley began desultory music lessons when he was 7 and, after a false start, progressed so quickly that he was made organist at a nearby church when he was only 12. Stanley would grow up to become the leading English organist of his day and a major figure in London's musical scene, not only as an instrumentalist but also as a composer in the Handel style.

Stanley rose quickly in the English organ world; already a
Read more veteran of the loft at age 22, he was made organist to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 1734. His performances of his own organ voluntaries there and at other churches drew large audiences more curious about the music than the liturgy. He had academic credentials, too; in 1729 he had become the youngest person ever to have received a bachelor's of music degree from Oxford.

Stanley married well in 1738; not only did his wife bring a substantial dowry, but she brought a sister who would eventually work as Stanley's amanuensis. Stanley would write a fair amount of his own music, but he supported himself mainly as a performer. He conducted several Handel oratorios during the final decade of that composer's life, and succeeded Handel in 1759 as co-director of the Lenten oratorio season at Covent Garden (oratorios replaced operas during Lent). Stanley provided a couple of his own oratorios for this series, but they were too imitative of the dead Handel to achieve much success. Among his other appointments and honors was succeeding William Boyce as Master of the King's Band of Musicians in 1779, which led him to compose more than a dozen birthday and New Year odes for official ceremonies.

In his compositional style, Stanley was a transitional figure between Handel and J.C. Bach; the change can be seen by comparing Stanley's Opus 2 concertos, which very much followed the Handel/Corelli model, to his more elegant, less fugal, pre-Classical Opus 10 concertos of some three decades later. His organ voluntaries, on the other hand, all composed fairly early in his career, are clearly creatures of the English Baroque era, hewing to standard formats and requiring instruments of only modest resources. Read less
Stanley: Concertos For Strings Op 2 / Simon Standage, Et Al
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 638   Number of Discs: 1
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    Handel And His English Contemporaries
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 382 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  William Walond,  John James,  William Boyce  ... 
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    English And Italian Baroque Music
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1098 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Daniel Purcell,  John Stanley,  Alessandro Poglietti  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Martin Linde,  Kurt Rapf
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    The Merton Organ / Nicholas
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34142 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  César Franck,  John Stanley,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Dupré,  Benjamin Nicholas
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    The John Reading Manuscripts Of Dulwich College / Riccardo Bonci
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94454 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John James,  Maurice Greene,  John Stanley,  Mr. Seedo  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Bonci
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    A Grand Concert of Musick / Pinnock [CD & Catalog]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833102 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  Francesco Geminiani  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Trevor Pinnock
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Recital In York Springs
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1123 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adam Reincken,  Melchior Schildt,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  Riyehee Hong
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    The Metzler Organ In St. Jakob Friedberg
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12008 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Morandi,  Georg Muffat,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schnur
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    Sequialtera / James Tibbles
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 406 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  John Stanley,  John Blow,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  James Tibbles
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    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kenneth Alford,  Alfredo Javaloyes,  Herman Starke,  Abraham Holzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  C.J. Taylor
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    The Excellent Art Of Voluntary / Robert Costin
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Orlando Gibbons,  Christopher Gibbons,  John Blow  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Costin
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    Organs Of Edinburgh
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34100 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Alfred Hollins,  Louis Vierne,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen,  Thomas Laing-Reilly,  Andrew Caskie,  Duncan Ferguson  ... 
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    Vision At Covenant
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 931 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Harold Drake,  Charles Tournemire,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Forbes Sommerville
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    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Francis Jackson,  Douglas Guest,  Simon Preston  ... 
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    Canadian Brass - The Classics
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7400 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  Thomas Morley,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Trumpet Voluntary - Music For Organ And Brass / Hurford
    Label: Argo   Catalog: 433451 Release Date: 04/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-François Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
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    The Stockholm City Hall Organ
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 2180 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens,  Gustaf Heintze,  John Stanley,  Marco Enrico Bossi  ... 
    Performer:  Mats Ericson,  Ralph Gustafsson,  Anders Bondeman,  Per Thunarf  ... 
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    English Organ Music From The Temple Church / James Vivian
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 223 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Henry Walford Davies,  John Stanley,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley  ... 
    Performer:  James Vivian
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    A Golden Treasury Of Georgian Music
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Stanley,  James Hook,  Karl Friedrich Abel  ... 
    Performer:  Lucie Skeaping,  John Potter,  John Toll,  Richard Wistreich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band,  London Baroque,  The City Waites
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    English Music Of The 18th Century / The London Baroque
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Charles Avison,  Karl Friedrich Abel  ... 
    Performer:  John Toll
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  John Field  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Burnett
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    Arthur Fiedler's Sinfonietta
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62571 Release Date: 12/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  E. Power Biggs,  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Fiedler Sinfonietta
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  • 22.
    Stanley: 6 Concertos In 7 Parts, Op 2 / Goodman
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55361 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Pauline Nobes,  Mark Caudle,  Peter Holman  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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    Essential Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27937 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Piers Lane,  Tasmin Little,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Kilbey,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Camerata Lysy,  Liverpool Cathedral & Brass Ensemble  ... 
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  • 24.
    Fanfares To Fancies / Martin Schellenberg
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4006 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Craig Sellar Lang,  Alfred Hollins,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sir George Thalben-Ball  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Schellenberg
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    Label: Passion For Pipes   Catalog: 5637572473 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Anderson,  Craig Sellar Lang,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  C. Neustedt  ... 
    Performer:  David Kevin Lamb
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