1893 – Death of George A. Osborne, Irish composer, organist and director of the Royal Academy of Music.

George A. Osborne (Limerick, 24 Sept 1806 – London, 16 Nov 1893). Irish pianist, composer organist and director of the Royal Academy of Music. He studied in Paris with Pixis and Fétis, then with Kalkbrenner, of whose style he became one of the finest exponents. He was a fashionable pianist, well-known teacher and salon composer in London and Paris, where his friends included the most eminent musicians, Berlioz and Chopin among them. The Last Rose of Summer is a poem by Irish poet Thomas Moore, who was a friend of Byron and Shelley. Moore wrote it in 1805 while at Jenkinstown Park in County Kilkenny. Sir John Stevenson set the poem to its widely-known melody, and this was published in a collection of Moore’s work called Irish Melodies (1807-34). In Ireland, it is claimed that the melody was composed by George Alexander Osborne.

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