John Clifton Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    7th November 1781
  • Died
    18th November 1841
  • Birthplace
    London, England

John Charles Clifton was an English composer. John Clifton was born in London in 1781. His father had expected him to become a merchant, but Clifton's early talent for music was so clear that he was put under the care of a relation, the singer Richard Bellamy, with whom he studied music for five years. He then became the pupil of Charles Wesley, and eventually decided to follow music as a profession, giving up an appointment in the Stationery Office, which he held for about two years. Clifton's first professional engagement was at Bath, where he conducted the Harmonic Society. In 1802 he went to Dublin, and in 1815 produced a musical piece called Edwinthere, which is said to have been successful. He also gained some credit by organising (together with Sir John Andrew Stevenson) a concert on a very large scale in aid of the sufferers from the Irish famine. About 1816 he invented an instrument for helping singing by sight. He called it the "Eidomusicon", though it does not seem to have been patented. About the same time he finished a work on the theory of harmony. He came to London in 1818 to try to publish his invention, but was unsuccessful. Clifton next adopted the Logierian system of musical instruction and for some years was a well-known teacher in London. He married the proprietress of a ladies' school at Hammersmith, where the last years of his life were spent. About 1838 he became possessed with the idea that he was enormously wealthy, and the mania grew to such an extent that he needed to be put under restraint. He died at Teresa House, Hammersmith, on 18 November 1841. His compositions chiefly consisted of songs and glees.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Gems of Ireland, Op.45 Books Flute
3 Cavatinas sans paroles, Op.109 Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
Cavatinas, Op.97 Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
Grand Duo Concertante No.1, Op.43 Duet Chamber group
Le Bijou du Salon, Op.53 - Andante & Allegro for Flute and Piano Duet Solo Instrument and Piano
Eulalie, Op.118 Fantasy Solo Instrument and Piano
Napolitaine Fantasy Solo Instrument and Piano
Select Italian Melodies, Op.114 Piece Flute
La Polka du Salon, Op.85 Polka Solo Instrument and Piano
Grand Flute Trio No.2, Op.9 Trio Chamber group