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Alfred Edward Moffat

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Name  Alfred Moffat

Role  Musician
Born  4 December 1863 (1863-12-04) Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation  Musician, Composer, Collector
Died  June 6, 1950, Fulham, United Kingdom
Books  100 Singing Games, 75 British Nursery Rhymes, What the Children Sing: A B, Curly Locks, The Minstrelsy of Ireland

Alfred Edward Moffat (1863–1950) was a Scottish musician, composer and collector of music. He was born in Edinburgh on 4 December 1863. His father was John Moffat, a photographer, and his mother was Sophia Maria Knott.


He was educated at Edinburgh Collegiate School in 27-28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Moffat studied musical composition in Berlin for five years under Ludwig Bussler. He remained in Berlin for another six years writing for German music publishing firms. He returned to London in the late 1890s, and devoted himself to the rediscovery of British violin players of the late 18th century and earlier. Most significantly, he edited the Schott's Kammersonaten [Chamber Sonata] series, and instigated Novello's Old English Violin Music series. He was also a Member of the Court of Assistants of the Royal Society of Musicians. He died in Fulham, London on 6 June 1950 aged 86.

Musical Compositions

  • Abendlied. Violin and piano. (Arranged by A. Moffat.) Author: Edward German 1862-1936. Contributor: Alfred Moffat. London : A. Lengnick & Co, [1914]
  • Cherry ripe. Two-part Song. Arranged by A. Moffat. Author: Charles Edward Horn. Contributor: Alfred Moffat. A Collection of Two-Part Songs for Treble Voices, etc. Fourth series. London : J. Williams, 1920.
  • 4 Sonaten. Für Violoncello mit Klavierbegleitung bearbeitet von A. Moffat. [Violoncello parts revised by] W. E. Whitehouse. [Scores and parts.] Author: Benedetto Marcello 1686-1739. Contributors: Alfred Moffat; W. E Whitehouse (William Edward), 1859-1935. Mainz, etc.: B. Schott's Söhne, [c. 1920]
  • Jig and Saraband. [Keyboard] Arranged by H. Craxton and A. Moffat. Author: Matthew Dubourg 1703-1767. Contributors: Harold Craxton arranger; Alfred Edward Moffat arranger. Series: Craxton-Moffat collection of old keyboard music. London: Cramer, c1930.
  • Musical Collections

  • Meisterschule der Alten Zeit. Comprising 42 violin sonatas, 18 violoncello sonatas, 22 trio sonatas, and contains sonatas by previously unknown 18th century English composers for the violin;
  • 4 trio sonatas by Purcell (g minor), Handel and Leclair (2);
  • Kammersonaten, 35 violin sonatas;
  • Old English Violin Music;
  • French Violin Music of the 18th century, 24 numbers;
  • English Music of the 18th century, 35 numbers;
  • Old Keyboard Music (with Harold Craxton);
  • Volumes of folk songs, each containing 200 songs with piano accompaniment:
  • Melodious Scotland, 18 numbers;
  • Old Master Songs;
  • Many arrangements of songs, duets etc., by Purcell.
  • References

    Alfred Edward Moffat Wikipedia

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