Oliver Shaw
1779 - 1848
United States of America, RI
O. Shaw
Oliver Shaw (13/03/1779 - 31/12/1848), an American composer; born at Newport, Rhode Island, died at Providence, Rhode Island. A childhood accident and later yellow fever caused him to go totally blind. He studied with organist John Berkenhead and later with Gottlieb Graupner. After studies, he started his musical career in Boston and in Providence where he remained an important musical figure until his death. One of his students was Lowell Mason. In 1810, Shaw together with his friends founded Psallonian Society "for the purpose of improving themselves in the knowledge and practice of sacred music and inculcating a more correct taste in the choice and performance of it" based in Providence. His publications include five volumes of his own music and contributions to others. Many compositions, he wrote, were based on poems by Thomas Moore.
Requiem for La Fayette
Period:Early Romanticism
Musical form:song
In memory of:Hannah Flagg Gould (1789 - 1865)
Village Melodies. No.2: Requiem For La Fayette, first line: "He's gone to his home! Like a well ripen'd sheaf"; text by Hannah Flagg Gould (1789 - 1865), a poet, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts.