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John Garth [1722-1810]
« on: August 28, 2016, 12:24:52 AM »
Works list:

Opus
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1   6 Concertos, cello-strings-basso continuo (1760)
2   6 Sonatas, harpsichord/piano/organ, 2 violins, cello (c1768)
3   6 Voluntary’s, org/pf/hpd (1771)
4–7   6 Sonatas, hpd/pf/org, 2 vn, vc (c1772, c1775, c1778, 1782)
–   30 Collects (1794)

An English composer, he lived in County Durham and is known to have been organist at Sedgefield and to have played an active part in local musical life. He was a friend of Charles Avison, whom he assisted with his publication of 50 of Benedetto Marcello’s psalm paraphrases (i–viii, London, 1757).
In Darlington, in 1794, he married Nancy (Nanny) Wrightson (1749/50–1829).
Garth died at his home on 29 March 1810. Garth was buried on 5 April 1810 in the north aisle of St Cuthbert's, Darlington.

from The New Grove:

As a composer, Garth’s main area of activity was the accompanied keyboard sonata: not the common form for keyboard with violin but a type used almost exclusively by composers in north-east England (Avison, Ebdon and Hawdon as well as Garth) where a trio sonata ensemble of two violins, cello and harpsichord is required, with the strings either doubling the harpsichord, providing harmonic support or resting. Garth was no doubt following Avison’s example in using this unusual genre. The presence of crescendo marks suggests that he had the piano in mind. The first of Garth’s five sets, op.2, achieved particular popularity . . . 




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Re: John Garth [1722-1810]
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2016, 12:27:51 AM »




. . . and he showed up on a 1964 Supraphon LP:



The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal