Felix Harold White

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Born: 1884

Died: 1945


(summary) Felix Harold White was born in Fetcham, Surrey, England, son of a coal merchant. He studied piano with his mother but mostly was self-taught in music. He was a music teacher and pianist, and had success as a composer. He had a piece played at the Proms in 1907. He published a “Dictionary of Musical Terms” and some short monographs on musicians. He was a pacifist and applied as Conscientious Objector at the outbreak of WWI. He was not allowed to continue in his own work and was sent to work on a farm in Cornwall, later moving to a farm in Hemel Hempstead, spending two years apart from his wife and family. After the war, he resumed composing, including his “Fanfare for a Challenge to Accepted Ideas”, a piece inspired by his dedication to resisting war and militarism. He died in London. His compositions include a variety of orchestral and instrumental works, piano pieces, choral pieces, part songs, and solo songs.

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