||Hodges, Edward, 1796-1867|
Born: July 20, 1796, Bristol, England.
Died: September 1, 1867, Clifton, Bristol, England.
Buried: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stanton Drew (about eight miles south of Bristol).
Hodges’ musical gift showed itself at an early age; by 1819, he was playing the organ at St. James’ Church in Bristol, and at St. Nicholas’, 1821-1838. He also had an interesting mechanical bent, and spurred several technical improvements in organ design. He composed a number of services and anthem pieces, and Cambridge University awarded him a doctorate in music in 1825.
Hodges eventually emigrated, accepting a post at the cathedral in Toronto, Canada, in 1838. The next year, he became music director at Trinity Parish in New York City. He became the organist at Trinity Church when it opened in 1846 (the church had its organ built to his specifications). He retired for health reasons in 1859, and returned to his native England in 1863. Hodges’ works include:
An Apology for Church Music and Musical Festivals, in Answer…to the Standard and the Record (London: 1834)
Essays on the Objects of Musical Study (Bristol, England: 1838)
An Essay on the Cultivation of Church Music (New York: 1841)
Contributions to the Quarterly Musical Magazine & Musical World
Trinity Collection of Church Music (Boston, Massachusetts: 1864) (editor)
HYMN TO JOY