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HORN, Charles Edward, musician, born in London, England, in 1776; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 10 June, 1848. He was educated by his father, a German musician of reputation, and in 1809 made his debut as a vocalist at the English opera house, London. Thereafter, applying himself to vocal study under noted instructors, he came again before the London public as an opera singer in 1814, with success. He now appeared in most of the large play houses of Great Britain and Ireland, both as a vocalist and as a conductor of music, and during that time wrote many songs, some of which became widely popular. Among them are "The Deep, Deep Sea," "Even as the Sun," "Cherry Ripe," and "I've been Roaming." One of his best compositions, the duet "I Know a Bank whereon the Wild Thyme Blows," is still sung in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." In 1827 Horn came to this country, where he first sang at the New York Park theatre in Bishop's musical arrangement of "Guy Mannering," followed by "The Barber of Seville," "Der Freyschutz," and "Love in a Village." He then visited the other large cities of the Union, and repeated his rounds for several years. In 1831 he returned to London, where, for a time, he directed the music at the Olympic theatre. In 1832 he returned to this country, and, after losing his voice, opened a music store in New York, with a partner, under the firm name of Davis and Horn. He closed his career in Boston as a teacher of music and conductor of the Handel and Haydn society. Horn's voice was a baritone of indifferent quality, under good control. As an opera artist he ventured to sing tenor, baritone, and bass parts, transposing and altering compositions of eminent masters to suit his purposes.
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