Edgar Bainton

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Born: 14 February 1880

Died: 8 December 1956


Edgar Leslie Bainton was born in Hackney, London, the son of a Congregational minister soon moving to Coventry. he made his first public appearance as solo pianist at age nine. He won an open scholarship to the Royal College of Music, studying with Sir Henry Walford Davies and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. He became piano professor at the Newcastle upon Tyne Conservatory of Music. While attending a festival in Germany, he was arrested as a enemy alien and sent to a detention camp during WWI, in detention for four years. After recuperation, he returned to the Conservatory, touring Australia, Canada, and India. He then moved to Australia as director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music. He was conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He died in Point Piper in Sydney, Australia. His works include symphonies, orchestral works, works for chorus and orchestra, opera, church music, chamber music, songs, and part songs. Mostly celebrated for his church music, his most famous piece is the liturgical anthem And I Saw a New Heaven. In recent years, Bainton’s other musical works—for decades neglected—have become increasingly often heard in the concert repertoire.

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List of choral works

Sacred works

  • And I saw a new Heaven
  • Fantasia on the plainsong melody Vexilla Regis
  • Fiat Lux for "4-part chorus S.A.T.B."
  • Who can number the Sands of the Sea? for "S.A.T.B."
  • Open Thy Gates
  • Christ in the Wilderness
  • The Heavens Declare Thy Glory

Secular works

Partsongs for Mixed Voices

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