Henry Lord Aldrich

Henry Lord Aldrich was born in 1647 and died in 1710.

He was the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

He was a learned theologian and historian and also an architect and musician.

He wrote sacred music services and anthems that are still used, also glee’s and catches, which were in great favor at that time.

He composed a Catch on Tobacco, which is so arranged that each singer has time for his puff.

He wrote largely and learnedly on his musical subjects, among his most important works of being On the Commencement of Greek Music, Theory of Organ – Building, and Theory of Modern Instruments.

He collected a very large musical library, especially strong in the works of the Italian composers, notably Palestrina and Carissimi.