BIOGRAPHY

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was an English composer, teacher and historian of music. He was knighted in 1898.

Parry's first major works appeared in 1880. As a composer he is best known for the choral song Jerusalem, the coronation anthem I was glad and the hymn tune "Repton", which sets the words Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. He was director of the Royal College of Music from 1895 until his death and was also professor of music at the University of Oxford from 1900 to 1908. He also wrote several books about music and music history. Some contemporaries rated him as the finest English composer since Henry Purcell, but his academic duties prevented him from devoting all his energies to composition, and some felt this prevented him from fulfilling his potential.