William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865) was born in Waterford, Ireland, the son of a regimental bandmaster with the North Mayo Militia. He was active in his father's band and composed pieces for the band by age nine. Learning many instruments as a child, he became organist of the Roman Catholic Cathedral at Thurles and taught music at the Ursuline Convent. He moved to Dublin as a violinist at the Theatre Royal. He emigrated to Hobart, Tasmania, and then to Sydney, Australia, and opened the first Australian music academy. After separating from his wife, he went to New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, New Orleans, ending up in New York. He built a reputation as virtuoso on violin and piano and began publishing his compositions. He became an American citizen and was associated with the early concert seasons of the New York Philharmonic Society. He travelled to Europe for the premieres of some of his operas and died at the Ch√Ęteau de Bagen, Sauveterre de Comminges, from a heart condition. He is buried in London. His compositions include operas, a large amount of piano music, songs, ballads, and part-songs.

All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.






Merrily Over the Sea


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