Timothy Essex

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Timothy Essex (1765?–1847) was an English composer.



Essex was born in or about 1765 at Coventry, Warwickshire, the son of Timothy Essex there; Margaret Essex was his sister. [1] He began playing on the flute and violin at age 13, for his own amusement, and his father let him study music as a profession. In 1786 he established himself as a teacher of the pianoforte, organ, and flute. In order to better his position he matriculated at Oxford as a member of Magdalen Hall 10 December 1806, and took the degree of bachelor of music on the following 17 December. He proceeded doctor of music 2 December 1812. [2] [3]

Essex was known as a teacher, and obtained some popularity as a composer. His 'Musical Academy' was at 38 Hill Street, Berkeley Square; he was also organist, composer to, and director of the choir of St George's Chapel, Albemarle Street. He died 27 September 1847, aged 82, in York Buildings, New Road, London. [4]


Among his works are:

Essex also published a set of slow and quick marches for the pianoforte, with the full scores added for a military band, a variety of rondos for the pianoforte, and pianoforte and flute, and many single songs.

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  1. Girdham, Jane. "Essex, Margaret". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/53934.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Essex, Timothy"  . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886 . Oxford: Parker and Co via Wikisource.
  3. Oxford Graduates, 1851, p. 215
  4. Gent. Mag. new ser. xxviii. 551

Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Essex, Timothy". Dictionary of National Biography . Vol. 18. London: Smith, Elder & Co.