John Ebenezer West

WEST, John Ebenezer. b. Hackney, London, 7 December 1863; d. London, 28 February 1929. Born in Hackney, his musical life was largely centred on London and the suburbs. His parents were both musical and he was a nephew of Ebenezer Prout*. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, becoming both an Associate and later a Fellow. He was also ARCO (1883) and FRCO (1884). In 1884 he joined the publishing house of Novello*, where he was musical editor and adviser until his retirement only months before his death. Many of the most famous of vocal scores from the late 19th and early 20th centuries passed through his hands: classics such as Bach*, Handel* and Brahms, Gounod, Dvořák, and the pillars of...

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