J. W. Elliott

Short Name: J. W. Elliott
Full Name: Elliott, J. W. (James William), 1833-1915
Birth Year: 1833
Death Year: 1915

J.W. Elliott was a popular composer of the Victorian period, and is best known for his nursery rhyme music and for his work on hymnals in the 1870s. He was born James William Elliott, in Warwick, England, on February 13, 1833. As a child, he sang as a chorister in the Leamington Parish Church. In those days, choristers were given lessons in all facets of church music, including organ lessons, counterpoint studies, and more in exchange for providing an extraordinary level of service to their parish church (services throughout the week, all holidays, extra services, etc.). The result is that most choristers who completed their studies received an excellent music education, and James was no exception. After starting his career as an organist and choirmaster for a countryside church, his talent became obvious. He moved to London, where he assisted Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) in editing Church Hymns. In addition, James worked for a music publisher.

His compositions include two operettas, numerous anthems, service music, works for instruments including the very popular harmonium, and most particularly for Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs, his children’s music score that sets many of the Nursery Rhymes to delightful music. Several of his hymn tunes are still in use today in many hymnals, most notably his hymn tune “Day of Rest.” He was heavily involved in the preparation of the musical edition of Church Hymns in 1874, the Choral Service Book of 1892, and transcriptions of hymn tunes using harmonies different than the traditional ones found in hymnals. He died in St. Marylebone, London, on February 5, 1915.


Tunes by J. W. Elliott (31)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
AGATHOSJ. W. Elliott, b. 1833 (Composer)253112 32234 56532
BELSIZE (Elliott)James William Elliott (Composer)535132 11361 76322
[Christmas comes but once a year]J. W. Elliott (Composer)215751 36652 34333
CHURCH TRIUMPHANTJames William Elliott (Composer)10151532 16534 56713
CROSS AND CROWN (Elliott)J. W. Elliott, b. 1833 (Composer)351317 22135 54345
DAY OF GRACEJ. W. Elliott (Composer)212234 65533 6543
DAY OF REST (Elliott)James W. Elliott (Composer)14013565 45321 23462
ECCE AGNUS (Elliott)James William Elliott (Composer)312111 17615 33543
EUCHARISTICA (Elliott)J.W. Elliott (Composer)1151215 34353 12345
EVERSLEY (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)232165 35556 71321
[Hark! hear ye not the angel song]J. W. Elliott (Composer)217672 17617 67217
[He prayeth best, who loveth well]J. W. Elliott (Composer)533543 24321 35555
[I love little pussy, her coat is so warm]J. W. Elliott (Composer)234555 51762 22234
ILKLEYJames Wm. Elliott (Composer)634543 22123 25543
KEMSINGJ. W. Elliott (Composer)411556 77122 32171
NAZARETH (Elliott)James W. Elliott (1816-) (Composer)253712 17123 4543
OBLATION (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)332154 31763 21
[Oft in danger, oft in woe] (Elliott)I. W. Elliott (Composer)255316 15113 16456
ORWELL (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)251321 65432 132
[Queer little cradles, So silken and gray]J. W. Elliott (Composer)332123 45316 56717
[Savior, now the day is ending] (Elliott)James W. Elliott (Composer)333344 55351 71321
ST. FERGUSJ. W. Elliott (Composer)435543 52351 76545
ST. MARK (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)551713 21717 65117
[The strife is o'er, the battle done]Jas. Wm. Elliott (Composer)433535 51511 31345
TRINITAS (Elliott)James William Elliott (Composer)813213 56523 21356
[Twinkle, twinkle, little star] (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)451765 43365 43211
VALEDICTIONJ. W. Elliott, 1833- (Composer)333353 65517 65
VESPERS (Elliott)J. W. Elliot (Composer)533332 14435 52313
HOSANNA (Elliott)J. W. Elliott (Composer)252716 54556 71236
[When the snow is on the ground]J. W. Elliott (Composer)335434 23354 34231
[Who taught the earth her wondrous way?]J. W. Elliott (Composer)217661 65512 34323
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