Complete Encyclopaedia of Music/B/Beale, John
Beale, John. An English pianist, and pupil of the celebrated Cramer. In 1820 he was elected a member of the Philharmonic, having performed repeatedly at the concerts of that society. About the same period he became associated with Messrs. Attwood, Braham, &c., in the unfortunate speculation of rebuilding the Argyle Rooms, was a performer and director in the concerts undertaken by that musical combination, and contributed as a composer in the formation of their musical catalogue. In 1821, a commemoration of Mozart took place, at Beale's suggestion, on which occasion Cramer united with his pupil in the performance of a duet, (on two piano-fortes,) selected from the most classical music of that departed genius. Beale was since recently appointed a professor of his instrument, in the Royal Academy of Music, and to one of his pupil; was adjudged the annual prize medal distributed at the first concert of the students. Among various pleasing compositions by Beale for his instrument may be mentioned the two dramatic airs, "Will great lords and ladies," from the " Haunted Tower," and "Fra tante angoscie," by Carafa, both arranged beautifully as rondos for the piano-forte.