The Nuttall Encyclopedia
MacFarren, Sir George Alexander
Musical author and composer, born in London; studied at the Royal Academy, and became professor there in 1834; in many operatic works he aimed at restoring old English musical characteristics, and wrote also cantatas "Lenore," "May-Day," &c., and oratorios, of which "John the Baptist" was the first; but his chief merit lies in his writings on theory (1813-1887).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'MacFarren, Sir George Alexander'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/macfarren-sir-george-alexander.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.