James Hook

1746 (Norwich, England) – 1827 (Boulogne, France)

Hook may be regarded with hindsight as a minor composer, but was very much a man of his time, and successful with it. His son Theodore wrote the words for many of his songs, and libretti for several of his operas, the first at age 16. It seems it was not the father (as sometimes claimed) but the son who ghost-wrote the tenor Michael Kelly’s ‘Reminiscences.’

James Hook knew…