Henry R. Bishop letter
- 1846 April 9
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Bishop was the composer of music for the ballet, operas, burlettas, and incidental music to Shakespeare's plays. Most of his career was spent writing or arranging music for theaters in London including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the King's Theatre, Haymarket. His first important opera, "The Circassian Bride, was accepted at Drury Lane in 1809. One of Bishop's works from 1823, Clari, or The Maid of Milan, (an opera in two acts) is well-known for introducing the tune of "Home Sweet Home." In 1842, Bishop was knighted by the queen, the first musician to receive this honor. In 1848, he was appointed professor of music at Oxford.
One of Bishop's contemporaries was James Silk Buckingham (1786- 1855), author, traveler, and lecturer. In 1843, Buckingham founded a literary and social club, the "British and Foreign Institute in Hanover Square." The club was often ridiculed in Punch and lasted only four years.
Henry Rowley Bishop died in London April 30, 1855.
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