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James Hook

born: 3 June 1746
died: 1827
country: United Kingdom

James Hook was born in Norwich in 1746 and came to London in the early 1760s, quickly becoming a prolific and successful composer in theatres, public concerts and pleasure gardens. He was the first English composer to write keyboard concertos in the full-blown galant style popularized in England by J C Bach’s Op 1 (1763) and Op 7 (1770). Hook published his Op 1 soon after, probably in 1771, and followed J C Bach in laying them out ‘for Harpsichord or Forte-Piano’ with parts for two violins and bass. Hook was a notable early exponent of the piano and is known to have played a concerto on one in 1768.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1994

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