James Nares by Thomas Hardy
19 April 1715|
|Died||10 February 1783(aged 67)|
He began his career as Deputy Organist of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and was later appointed Organist of York Minster in 1735. He married soon after that. Nares was a pupil of Bernard Gates (Master of the King's Choristers), Johann Christoph Pepusch and William Croft. His patron and friend was John Fountayne, the Dean of York.
He was assistant organist at St George's Chapel in Windsor, then succeeded Salisbury at York Minster, before returning to the Chapel Royal in 1756 to become organist and composer to George III, succeeding Maurice Greene. It is believed[by whom?] that Nares was the first person to systematically publish a series of keyboard lessons for students of the piano.
He was the father of Revd Robert Nares (1753–1829), the philologist and author.
- The Souls of the Righteous, 1734
- Set of eight Harpsichord Lessons, 1747
- Five Harpsichord lessons, Op. 2, 1759
- Elegy on Mr. Handel, 1759
- Il Principio or a Regular Introduction to playing on the Harpsichord or Organ, 1760
- Six Fugues for Organ, 1772
- Three Easy Harpsichord Lessons, 1778
- A Treatise on Singing, 1778
- The Royal Pastoral, 1778
- Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees, 1778
- Six Organ Fugues, 1778
- Second Treatise on Singing, with a set of English duets, 1778
- Twenty Anthems, 1778
- A Morning and Evening Service and Six Anthems, 1788
- James Nares. Il Principio or a Regular Introduction to playing on the Harpsichord or Organ, a Facsimile of the Original Edition of 1760 with Introduction Notes by Robin Langley, London, Oxford University Press, 1981.
- James Nares at the Nares genealogy project
- Free scores by James Nares in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores by James Nares at the International Music Score Library Project
- Hymn tunes composed by James Nares at Hymnary.org
- Hadden, James Cuthbert (1894). "Nares, James". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 40. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 92–93.
|First Organist of the Chapel Royal
|Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal