Ernest Bristow Farrar (7 July 1885 – 18 September 1918) was an English composer, pianist and organist. Farrar died on the Western Front in 1918.
Despite his short life, Farrar wrote a large body of music for orchestra, voices and organ. His works include The Blessed Damozel, the Celtic Suite, The Forsaken and the pieces below.
Much of his varied orchestral music is available on YouTube and please listen to these if you have the time.
The Forsaken Merman (1914)
English Pastoral Impressions, Op.26 (1915)
Heroic Elegy, Op.36 (1918)
(Premiered by Farrar in England a few short days before he returned to the western front where he died, August 1918)
Today, Farrar is perhaps best known as the teacher of Gerald Finzi. Farrar's death affected the young Finzi deeply, and from the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone. Frank Bridge dedicated his Piano Sonata to the memory of Farrar.