Kirkman, Jacob (DNB00)


KIRKMAN, JACOB (fl. 1800), musical composer, was probably a nephew of Jacob Kirkman, who carried on the business of harpsichord-maker in Broad Street, Golden Square, London, about 1770. The younger Kirkman acquired some reputation as a pianist and composer of pianoforte works in London before the end of the eighteenth century. One Jacob Kirkman died in Upper Guilford Street, London, 29 April 1812, aged 67 (Gent. Mag. 1812, i. 596). Among his published works may be mentioned: 1. Duets for the pianoforte, Op. 5. 2. ‘Trois Sonates à quatre mains, et une à deux Temps’ (Amsterdam). 3. Three sonatas for harpsichord with violin, Op. 8. 4. A sonata for pianoforte. 5. Eight ballads dedicated to the Marchioness of Salisbury, Op. 10. 6. ‘Six Lessons for Harpsichord or Pianoforte,’ Op. 3 (London). 7. ‘A Collection of Six Voluntaries for the Organ, Harpsichord, and Pianoforte,’ Op. 9. Copies of the last two works are in Mr. Taphouse's library at Oxford. Kirkman and John Keeble [q. v.] together published ‘Forty Interludes to be played between the verses of the Psalms.’

[Dict. of Mus. 1824.]

R. H. L.