La Trobe, John Antes, M.A., grandson of B. La Trobe, and son of C. I. La Trobe, was born in London in 1799, and educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1826, and M.A. 1829. Having taken Holy Orders in the Church of England, he was appointed Incumbent of St. Thomas, Kendal, in 1840, and retained the same to 1865. In 1858 he was nominated Hon. Canon of Carlisle Cathedral. He died in 1879. His musical works include The Music of the Church, 1831, and his poetical, Sacred Lays and Lyrics, 1850. He also published a Selection of Hymns, including Versions of Psalms arranged under Subjects, so as to form A Small Body of Divinity, and suited for Private, Social, and Public Worship. Lond., Seeleys, 1841.
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MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. Lo…