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Hook, James
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Hook, James

(Born; Norwich, ?3 June 1746; Died; Boulogne, 1827). English organist and composer. He gave concerts and composed from a very young age and Circa;1763-4 settled in London as an organist. He became organist and composer at Marylebone Gardens, Circa;1763-9, and at Vauxhall Gardens in 1774; also a fine piano teacher, he wrote a successful keyboard manual. He retired in 1820. His large output includes some 30 stage works (comic operas, pantomimes etc), odes, cantatas, over 2000 songs and much instrumental music (overtures, keyboard concertos and chamber and keyboard works). He was the most successful English exponent of the galant style and wrote mainly in a light-hearted vein, often using the popular pseudo-Scottish idiom; latterly he was much influenced by Haydn.

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