Gordon Jacob

Gordon Percival Septimus Jacob ( born July 5, 1895 in Norwood, near London, † June 8, 1984 ) was an English classical composer, conductor, arranger and music teacher.

He was one of 60 survivors of a 800 -strong battalion in the First World War. 1919 to 1923 he studied at the Royal College of Music in London at Stanford, Boult and Vaughan Williams ( the latter with whom he shared after a Penpal ). Since 1924, he taught himself at the Royal College.


Gordon Jacob left some 700 compositions, including

Jacob was regarded as England's great master of instrumentation. Using the example of harmonica you can read this:

He also created compositions for further otherwise neglected instruments and exceptional occupations:

  • Concerto for Bass Trombone
  • Concerto for Accordion
  • Four pieces for tuba quartet
  • Concerto for timpani
  • Pieces for flute, trumpet, bass drum and piano

His orchestration earned him the task of writing the orchestral arrangement of the British national anthem for the coronation of Elizabeth II.