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HORSLEY, Charles Edward, musician, born in Kensington, England, 16 December, 1821; died in New York city, 28 February, 1876. He received the rudiments of musical education from his father, and in 1839 went to Cassel, Germany, where he studied under Hauptman, Spohr, and Mendelssohn. In 1841 he returned to London, and began his career as a musical composer, writing the oratorios of "David" (1849) and "Joseph" (1852), the cantata "Comus" (1854), and the oratorio of "Gideon" (1860). Besides these he wrote many anthems and orchestral works. From London he went to Australia, and thence, in 1872, to New York, where he became choir-master at St. John's chapel, which post he held until his death.
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