A certain choir was rehearsing one of Stanford’s more difficult pieces when the choir director noiced a kerfuffle in the organ loft. He called up, “Mr. Y, is there a problem?” Came the peeved reply, “Yes! My pedal light is out!” Silence followed for a moment, then- “Mr. Y, Bach never had a pedal light!”
To which Mr. Y retorted, “Bach never had to play Stanford in G!”
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at the University of Cambridge before studying music in Leipzig and Berlin.