A minor composer of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916) had considerable success with his opera, Jeanie Deans (1894), which is based upon a much loved character invented by Sir Walter Scott. Scottish influences are found in other works by MacCunn, including the concert overture, The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, and cantata, The Lady of the Last Minstrel. Although he was born in Scotland, MacCunn spent all of his adult life in London, where he worked as a composer, conductor and teacher (his teaching positions included stints at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music). As a conductor, MacCunn helped to promote the music of Richard Wagner in Britain, conducting the first English-language performances by the Carl Rosa Company of Tristan and Isolde and Siegfried. Not surprisingly, the influence of Wagner is heard in MacCunn’s music, along with Weber, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.
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