John Addison (1765–1844)

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John Addison, engraved by Robert Cooper from a drawing by Joseph Slater, 1819

John Addison (c. 1765 – 30 January 1844) was a British composer and double-bass player.[1]

Addison was born, lived, and died in London.[1] He wrote six operettas which were very popular at the time, including, Sacred Drama, Elijah and Songs and Glees.[1] He also authored a book on singing instruction, Singing Practically Treated in a Series of Instructions (1836).[1] Addison's song, "The Woodland Maid" was included among sixteen entries in William Alexander Barrett's fifth volume of Standard English Songs.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Theodore Baker and Alfred Remy, ed. (1919). "Addison, John". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (3rd ed.). p. 5. 
  2. ^ "The Monthly Musical Record". 20. London: Augener. September 1, 1890: 209. OCLC 1605021. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 

 "Addison, John (1766?-1844)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.