Maurice Jacobson

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Maurice Jacobson OBE (1896-1976) was an English pianist, composer, music publisher and music festival judge.[1][2]

Jacobson was born in London, England, on 1 January 1896,[1] into a Jewish family.[2] He studied piano at the Modern School of Music, then composition at the Royal College of Music under respected composers Charles Villiers Stanford and Gustav Holst until 1923 at which point he produced his first piece.[1]

He was director and later chairman of the music publishing firm J. Curwen & Sons.[1]

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 20 January 1969,[3] and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1971[1]

He died in Brighton, England, on 2 February 1976,[1][4] and was buried at Golders Green Jewish Cemetery in the UK.


In addition to short instrumental pieces, chamber music, and songs, he composed ballets and cantatas including[1]

  • David (ballet, 1935)
  • The Lady of Shalott (cantata, 1940)
  • The Hound of Heaven (cantata, 1953)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Maurice Jacobson (Composer, Arranger) - Short Biography". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Jacobson, Michael; Jacobson, Julian (December 2005). "Maurice Jacobson". MusicWeb-International. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Maurice Jacobson". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ Some sources erroneously state 1 February

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