John Barnett


Born: July 15, 1802; Bedford, Bedfordshire, England   Died: April 16, 1890; Leckhampton, England  
John Francis Barnett was the nephew of English opera composer John Barnett (1802-1890). Barnett took a King's Scholarship at the Royal College of Music at age 13 and debuted as pianist in Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40, in 1853. Ignaz Moscheles was among Barnett's teachers. After making some appearances in Germany, Barnett settled in as an instructor of piano at the Royal College of Music starting in 1860. He composed Read more a Symphony in A minor in 1864, and in 1883, "completed" the unfinished Symphony No. 7 in E major (sketch) (D. 729) of Franz Schubert at the request of Sir George Grove. Barnett made his reputation with a series of cantatas and oratorios, beginning with The Ancient Mariner (1867) and continuing with The Raising of Lazarus (1873), The Building of the Ship (1880; after Longfellow), and several others. Barnett also composed symphonic poems such as The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1874), concertos for piano and flute, chamber music, music for piano and organ, part songs, solo songs, and many small miniatures for piano. In this last genre, Barnett was perhaps most effective; while The Raising of Lazarus was quite popular among church choirs in the late nineteenth century, Barnett's overall style was considered conservative even in its own day. In his late works, such as the cantata The Eve of St. Agnes (1913), Barnett adopted some stylistic features derived from the example of Richard Wagner. Barnett wrote an interesting and valuable autobiography, Musical Reminiscences and Impressions, which appeared in London in 1906. Read less
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    Modern Music For Brass - Riegger, Etler
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 229 Release Date: 08/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger,  Alvin Etler
    Conductor:  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet,  National Orchestral Association members
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / R. Lhevinne, J. Barnett
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 07/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Rosina Lhévinne
    Conductor:  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association members
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    The Art Of Camilla Wicks - Beethoven, Bloch, Sibelius
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Camilla Wicks
    Conductor:  John Barnett,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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    Lopatnikoff: Violin Concerto, Symphony No 3 / Fuchs, Et Al
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Lopatnikoff
    Performer:  Joseph Fuchs
    Conductor:  Leon Barzin,  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association
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    Lees, Gold: Piano Concertos / National Orchestra Association
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Lees,  Ernest Gold
    Performer:  Joseph Bloch,  Marisa Regules
    Conductor:  John Barnett,  Leon Barzin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association
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    James Mathis In Concert
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 11/12 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  James Mathis,  Herbert Harris,  George Pappa-Stavrou
    Conductor:  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association
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    Riegger: Romanza, Dance Rhythms, Music For Orchestra, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 572 Release Date: 06/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger
    Performer:  Harriet Wingreen
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  John Barnett,  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Art Wind Quintet  ... 
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