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Category: George Thomas Smart (1776 – 1867)
Sir George Thomas Smart (1776 – 1867) was an English musician. Born in London, his father was a music-seller. He was a choirboy at the Chapel Royal and studied music, becoming an expert violinist, organist and teacher of singing as well as a conductor. In 1811 he was knighted by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, having conducted a number of successful concerts in Dublin.
Sir George Smart became a leading light in English musical circles, conducting at the Royal Philharmonic Society, Covent Garden and many provincial festivals. In 1838 he was appointed composer to the Chapel Royal. He was a master of the Handelian traditions, was personally acquainted with Beethoven and a close friend of Weber, who died in his house. Some of his church music and glees still remain well-known. He died in London.
His brother Henry (1778 – 1823), father of the composer Henry Thomas Smart, was a well-known violinist.
Hymns Associated With George Thomas Smart (1776 – 1867)
Christ Is The Light Of All The World Lyrics
1. Christ is the light of all the world,
Yet with the darkest night;
Lit by His glory and His love,
He turns the dark to light.
2. Christ came into a world of sin,
To cast the dark away;
He came to bring mankind the light,
And give the brightest day.
3. He is ...
Through All The Changing Scenes Of Life Lyrics
1. Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.
2. Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name;
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.
3. The hosts of God encamp around