George Butterworth

Composer from England,United Kingdom

George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, MC (12 July 1885 – 5 August 1916) was an English composer best known for the orchestral idyll The Banks of Green Willow and his song settings of A. E. Housman's poems from A Shropshire Lad. Born in Paddington, London, Butterworth began composing at an early age and played the organ for services in the chapel of his prep school, Aysgarth School, before attending Eton College and later, Trinity College, Oxford, where he became more focused on music, becoming President of the university musical society. Among his contemperies were Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hugh Allen and Adrian Boult. A keen dancer, Butterworth was a founding member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and became a professional morris dancer. Upon leaving Oxford, Butterworth began a career in the teachings of musical composition, where he worked at Radley College, Oxfordshire. He also briefly studied piano and organ at the Royal College of Music where he worked with Hubert Parry. At the outbreak of the First World War, Butterworth joined the British Army as a Private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and accepted a commission as a Subaltern (2nd Lieutenant) in  ( Wikipedia article )


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Butterworth, George,George Sainton Kaye Butterworth
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Place of birth
England,United Kingdom


Institution From To
Royal College of Music
Trinity College, Oxford
Eton College
Aysgarth School


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