Bennett, William Sterndale (1816-1875)
Bennett, Sir William Sterndale, Mus.D., D.C.L., pianist and composer, was born at Sheffield, April 13, 1S16; studied at the Royal Academy, London, and at Leipzig; attracted Mendelssohn's notice at the Dusseldorf Musical Festival; appeared with success at Leipzig in the winter of 1837-38 ; and was received with great applause when he returned to London. In 1838 he was elected member of the Royal Society of Music; in 1856 became professor of Music at Cambridge, and in 1868 principal of the Royal Academy of Music; was knighted in 1871 ; and died February 1, 1875, being buried in Westminster Abbey. His compositions include a symphony, four concertos, overtures, the two cantatas The May Queen and The Woman of Samaria, and a few songs. His peculiar individuality is best exemplified in his works for the piano. See Life by his son (1908).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 89.
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