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Frederick Corder (26 January 1852 – 21 August 1932) was an English composer and music teacher.
Corder was born in Hackney, the son of Micah Corder and his wife Charlotte Hill. He was educated at Blackheath Proprietary School and started music lessons, particularly piano, early. Later he studied with Henry Gadsby. After that he studied harmony with Claude Couldery.
Frederick Corder continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with George Alexander Macfarren (harmony and composition), William Cusins (piano) and William Watson (violin). In 1875, he earned a Mendelssohn Scholarship, which enabled him to study for four years abroad. He spent the first three in the Cologne Conservatory in Cologne, where he studied composition with Ferdinand Hiller and piano with Isidor Seiss. He spent his last year in Milan, without formal instruction. He did however meet Arrigo Boito and Giuseppe Verdi. Upon his return to England, in 1879, he became conductor at the Brighton Aquarium. In August 1884, for a single month, he filled in for William Robinson as a musical director for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, touring Patience and Iolanthe. Several of his operatic works were performed by the touring company of Alice Barth in the early 1880s.
Corder became professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, becoming the Academy's curator in 1889. His students included notable British composers such as Granville Bantock, Arnold Bax, York Bowen, Alan Bush, Eric Coates, Benjamin Dale, Harry Farjeon, Joseph Holbrooke and Montague Phillips, as well as his own son, Paul Corder. With others, Frederick Corder co-founded the Society of British Composers in 1905 and served as its first chairman. While at the Academy, Corder was living at 13, Albion Road (now Harben Road) in Hampstead, where he often held gatherings of fellow musicians and students, including Bax.
He developed an early fascination with Richard Wagner and produced with his wife the first accepted English translations of The Ring and other works by Wagner. Liszt was also an important influence, and Corder produced one of the first English language studies of Liszt. His own compositions included songs, operas and cantatas. Corder's Prospero overture is available in full score and can be heard on CD. Corder married Henrietta Walford, the daughter of Henry Walford on 25 September 1876. They had a daughter, Dorothea Charlotte (known as Dolly), born on 30 June 1878 (died in her nineties), and a son, Paul Walford Corder, born on 14 December 1879 (died on 7 August 1942). Corder's sister, Rosa Corder, was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and painted his portrait.
The principal source for this list, including opus numbers, is an article on the composer published in The Musical Times.
Several works by Corder were published but the large majority of his autograph scores do not survive.
Novello, Ewer & Co., London, published full orchestral scores of Prospero and the Elegy for Twenty-four Violins and Organ together with a vocal score of The Bridal of Triermain. Joseph Williams, London, issued a vocal score of Margaret: The Blind Girl of Castel-Cuillé. Forsyth Brothers, Manchester, published vocal scores of Nordisa and The Sword of Argantyr.
Autograph scores of In the Black Forest (MS 511), Romance and Play, two partsongs (MS 512), the Galliard for Katherine and Petruccio (MS 513), Peace (MS 1052), The Witch's Song (MS 1053), The Mother (MS 1054), Sunset from Ossian (MS 1055), Greenford Lane (MS 1056), Sweet day so cool! (MS 1057), A Wreath of a Hundred Roses (MS 1744), the Romance from the Concerto for cornet and orchestra (XX(164601.1)), the overture to The Golden Dawn (XX(164602.1)), Nordisa (XX(164603.1)), The Pageant of London (XX(179906.1)) and Sing unto God (XX(179907.1)) are held by the Library of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Following the death of his son Paul Corder in 1942, Frederick's daughter Dolly destroyed those of her father's and brother's music manuscripts that were in her possession.
Selected writings:
See: List of music students by teacher: C to F#Frederick Corder.