Frederick Logier (1801 - 1867):
Frederick Logier was, like his father Johann Bernhard Logier, a highly versatile musician. Born in Cavan town in Ulster, he was educated by his father before assisting him in many of his musical pursuits in various European locations as well as the United Kingdom.
In 1826 he emigrated to Cape Town where together with Edward Knollys Green he established a Logerian Academy, applying ideas and methods of his father. He also held teaching position in other establishments including as organist of the Groote Kerke, a post he held until hid death. However, his partner and colleague Green died in 1828, after which their Academy gradually became too much for him and it folded completely in the 1830, after which Logier remained active and energetic while usually not in easy financial condition. He died in Cape Town during a typhus epidemic, intestate and poor, though his passing was noted with respect in the Cape Town press.
Amongst his distinctions were having a river named after him by the English naturalist and artist Thomas Baines; also, Logier was the composer of a hymn, “Jesu, de ware zondaars vriend”, the first sheet music to be produced in South Africa (1840).
|Born:||25 April 1801|
|Died:||12 October 1867|
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; Stanley Sadie (Gen. Ed.): New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (MacMillan, 1980); Dictionary of Irish Biography
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