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William Sterndale Bennett

Sir William Sterndale Bennett (13 April 1816 1 February 1875) was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the London Royal Academy of Music, where he remained for ten years. By the age of twenty, he had begun to make a reputation as a concert pianist, and his compositions received high praise. Among those impressed by Bennett was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, who invited him to Leipzig. There Bennett became friendly with Robert Schumann, who shared Mendelssohn's admiration for his compositions. In 1837 Bennett began to teach at the RAM, with which he was associated for most of the rest of his life. Amongst his pupils were Arthur Sullivan, Hubert Parry, and Tobias Matthay. Bennett had a significant influence on English music, not solely as a composer but also as a teacher, as a promoter of standards of musical education and as an important figure in London concert life.

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Recent Sterndale Bennett releases

Songs & Sonnets: Songs from the Reign of Queen Victoria
Songs & Sonnets: Songs from the Reign of Queen Victoria

£12.56

(EM Records)

Clara Schumann - Piano Transcriptions
Clara Schumann - Piano Transcriptions

£12.56

(MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm))

Sterndale Bennett - Sextet in F sharp minor, Chamber Trio, String Quartet in G
Sterndale Bennett - Sextet in F sharp minor, Chamber Trio, String Quartet in G

£7.65

(Naxos)

Thou Art My Refuge: Psalms of Salvation and Mercy
Thou Art My Refuge: Psalms of Salvation and Mercy

£16.16

(Paraclete Recordings)