Henry J. Gauntlett Royaume-Uni Henry John Gauntlett (July 9, 1805 in Wellington, Shropshire? February 21, 1876) was an organist and songwriter known in British music circles for his authorship of a large number of hymns and other pieces for the organ.
He became the organist at his father's church at Olney, Buckinghamshire at the age of nine.
He was intended for a career in law and remained a lawyer until he was almost forty years of age, when he abandoned the profession and devoted himself to music. He was organist at a number of leading London churches and eventually the degree of Mus. Doc. was conferred on him by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he being the first to receive such a degree from that quarter for over 200 years. He did much to raise the standard of church music both mechanically and musically.
In 1852, he patented an 'electrical-action apparatus' for organs. He wrote much music and over 1,000 hymn tunes, and edited a large number of hymn books. His most famous tune is 'Irby', the tune to which the children's carol, 'Once in Royal David's City' is usually sung. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)