John Reading (composer)

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John Reading (c. 1645 – 1692) was an English composer and organist, and father of John Reading (c. 1685 – 1764) who is remembered as an important music copyist.

Little of Reading’s life is known. He was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, and became Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral in 1670, and in 1675 at Chichester Cathedral and at Winchester Cathedral. From 1681 until his death he was organist at Winchester College. Here he set the college's Latin graces to music as well as the school song Dulce domum. Several of his organ works were included in a collection which was completed by Daniel Roseingrave. He also composed songs, theatre music, and part of a set of responses (now in the Anglican church repertoire in a form completed by modern editors). He died in Winchester.

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Thomas Lewis
Organist
of Chichester Cathedral

1675–1677
Succeeded by
Samuel Peirson
Preceded by
John Turner
Master of the Choristers
of Chichester Cathedral

1675–1677
Succeeded by
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References[edit]

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians; edited by Stanley Sadie; Macmillan Publishers Limited 1980, ISBN 1-56159-174-2

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