Dr. Orlando A. Mansfield: Composer, Organist, Author, Editor and Lecturer 1863-1936.

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A page of some cuttings and other memorabilia kindly gifted by Dr Vicki King to the Mansfield Family.



Orlando pictured with his second wife Ruby in 1936.

Location of Orlando's Burial Plot in Cheltenham.





Professor of Music at Wilson College, Pennsylvania, 1912-1917, Succumbs in England.


LONDON, July 7, - Dr. Orlando Augustine Mansfield, composer, author, editor, lecturer and former Professor of Music at Wilson College in Pennsylvania and at Brenau College, Georgia, died today in Cheltenham at the age of 72.
Dr. Mansfield, a native of Horningsham, Wiltshire, England, was Professor of Music at Wilson College from 1912 to 1917, and Professor of Theory and Composition at Brenau College from 1918 to 1923, when he returned to England. It is said that he composed or arranged more than 1,000 musical pieces and wrote about 900 articles for various music magazines and other publications, He was educated privately.
He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists; a Licentiate of Trinity College, London, and of the London College of Music; a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, and had been organist at Holy Trinity and Belgrave Churches, Torquay. Trinity University, Toronto, in 1887 awarded him a Mus. B. degree, and the University of Toronto made him a Doctor of Music in 1890.
Among his best known works are "The Student's Harmony" (in four volumes), 'Mendelssohn's Organ Parts," ''Rudiments of Music," and nine books on pianoforte pieces and studies. He also edited Gary's Edition of Pianoforte Classics, Paxton's Climax and Star Albums, Smart's Organ Works, Rheinberger's Organ Works, and the English Organist (two volumes).


 A cutting reporting the death of Orlando in Cheltenham, Gloucester.






self-taught in theory and composition in which his greatest successes have been obtained. Dr. Mansfield is a Doctor of Music of the University of Trinity College, Toronto, and also of the University of Toronto. He holds the diplomas of Associate and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists; Fellow of the American Guild of Organists; Associate and Licentiate of Trinity College. London; and Associate and Licentiate of the London College of Music.
   From 1885 to 1895 he was organist and choirmaster of Holy Trinity Church, Torquay; from 1900 to 1912 he held the offered position of organist and choirmaster of Belgrave Church, Torquay, giving nearly fifty recitals on the four manual organ erected under his direction. From 1892 to 1912 he was constantly engaged as Examiner for the London College of Music. In 1908 he was appointed President of the Free Church Musicians' Union. In 1912 he accepted the appointment of Professor of Music in Wilson College. In 1886 he married Mdlle. Louise Christine Jutz, a medallist of the Conservatoire, Geneva, who in conjunction with Dr. Mansfield has given frequent recitals of music for two pianos, and who is now an instructor in pianoforte and stringed instruments at Wilson College. Their son, Purcell James Mansfield (born 1889), F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., etc., is one of the most distinguished of the younger school of English organists and organ composers. In England Dr. Mansfield was well known as a lecturer and recitalist. His contributions to musical literature amount to over four hundred articles, pamphlets, books, etc., contributed to the leading musical magazines and papers in England and America. His Student's Harmony is now in its tenth edition. His published musical compositions, arrangement and editions now number nearly three hundred and fifty works, including thirty prize compositions. During his residence at Wilson College he has been instrumental in securing the consent of the Trustees to the erection of the line four manual concert organ on which he has already given sixteen recitals.

  Born November 28, 1863, at Horningsham, Wiltshire, England. Son of Rev. James Pearse Mansfield. a grand son of Charles Benyon Mansfield, brother of Sir James Mansfield (1733-1821), the celebrated Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.
  Educated privately, and studying under excellent English teachers in practical music, Dr. Mansfield is entirely


From the Conococheague College. Please note that the validity of Orlando's Father James's descendancy still has to be validated.





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