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Marsh, John (1750-1828) (DNB00)

MARSH, JOHN (1750–1828), musical composer, born at Dorking in Surrey in 1750, was in 1768 articled to a solicitor at Romsey, and became a distinguished amateur composer and performer. He married in 1774, and resided in turn at Salisbury (1776-81), Canterbury (1781-6), and Chichester (1787-1828), in all of which places he led the local bands and occasionally acted as deputy for the cathedral and church organists. He died at Chichester in 1828. He wrote ' A Short Introduction to the Theory of Harmonics,' London, 1809; 'Rudiments of Thorough Bass,' London, n. d.; 'Hints to Young Composers,' London, n. d.; composed 'Twenty-four new Chants in four Parts,' and edited ' The Cathedral Chant-Book,' and a ' Collection of the most popular Psalm-Tunes, with a few Hymns and easy Anthems,' London, n. d. His other compositions included glees, songs, symphonies, overtures, quartets, &c, and organ and pianoforte music.

[Dictionary of Musicians, London, 1824; Grove's Dictionary of Musicians, ii. 221; Brown's Dictionary of Musicians; Parr's Church of England Psalmody.]

J. C. H.