ALBERT EDWARD MATT (1864-1941)
Born: Ipswich (England), June 20 1864 - Died: (England), December 07 1941
ALBERT EDWARD MATT was born and educated in Ipswich. He became a chorister at the church of St.Mary-le-Tower and educated for the musical profession by his brother John Matt.
In 1881, he began in the Covent Garden Orchestra and travelled with the Royal Opera Company throughout Britain and parts of Ireland. He also played under Tchaikovsky and other famous composers. He was 1st trombone player in the Richter Orchestra for 12 years and also a member of the London Trombone Quartet in which capacity he played at Gladstone's funeral in Westminster Abbey on May 28 1898.
In 1891, he began to compose orchestral works which are in the nature of descriptive pieces. Undoubtedly the Grand March: Fame and Glory Op.21 is his most famous work, as it is played annually for the march past of The Royal British Legion at The Cenotaph in London every Remembrance Sunday.
He was professor of the trombone at Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Royal Military School of Music-Kneller Hall.
He died on December 07 1941 aged 77 years and is buried with his wife Amy Edis Osmond (who died on February 01 1940) in Alperton Cemetery, Middlesex.
His music was published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited in London:
Opus 2 Devotion Rustique, idylle for orchestra (published: 1895)
Opus 3 Sunset, intermezzo for orchestra (published: 1902)
Opus 6 Dawn, idylle for orchestra (published: 1902)
Opus 7 Rural Scenes, suite for orchestra (published: 1896)
In the Meadows - pastoral
Love Scenes - romance
Village Revels- scherzo
Opus 8 An Evening Ramble, suite for orchestra (published: 1897)
The Departure - march
Castle Ruins by Moonlight - nocturne
Woodland Frolics - caprice
Opus 9 Norwegian Scenes, suite for orchestra (published: 1898)
View of the Mountains - prelude
Peasants' Dance - intermezzo
Sleigh Ride - scherzo
Coquetterie, entr'acte for orchestra (published: 1899)
Opus 17 Two Pieces for orchestra (published: 1899)
Angelus - reverie
Carnival - capriccietto
Opus 18 Two Pieces for orchestra (published: 1904)
Memories - intermezzo
La Boulognaise - mazurka
Opus 21 Fame and Glory, grand march for orchestra (published: 1904)
Opus 27 Farewell, intermezzo for orchestra (published: 1918)