Known for movies

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DiedJune 8, 1984, Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
SpouseMargaret Gray, Sydney Gray
FactHis second wife was his first wife's niece and 42 years his junior.

Gordon Jacob was born in London on the 11th July 1895. His father was a professional violinist and his mother a singer. He was educated at the City of London School and then at the Royal College of Music, where he studied the violin, viola and composition.

He began his career as a freelance musician, playing the violin and viola in orchestras and string quartets. He also wrote music for theatre and film. In the 1920s he became interested in teaching, and he taught at the Royal College of Music and other institutions.

During the Second World War he wrote a number of patriotic songs, including “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “We’ll Meet Again”. He also wrote music for military bands.

After the war he continued to teach and to compose. His best-known works include the “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra” (1949), the “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” (1953) and the “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” (1955). He also wrote a number of works for brass band.

Gordon Jacob died in London on the 4th January 1984.

General Info

Full NameGordon Jacob
DiedJune 8, 1984, Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
ProfessionFilm Score Composer
EducationDulwich College, Royal College of Music


SpouseMargaret Gray, Sydney Gray
ParentsStephen Jacob, Clara Jacob
SiblingsAnstey Jacob


MoviesEsther Waters, Journey Together, For Those in Peril

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1His second wife was his first wife's niece and 42 years his junior.
2Wrote over 700 pieces of music. Books: Orchestral Technique; How to Read a Score; The Elements of Orchestration; The Composer and His Art.



Sin of Esther Waters1948as Dr. Gordon Jacob
The Way We Live1946
Journey Together1945
For Those in Peril1944as Dr. Gordon Jacob
Before the Raid1944Documentary short
Undersea Raider1943Documentary


Goldeneye1989TV Movie arranger: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - uncredited
One Good Turn1955arranger: "Camptown Races", "The Lass of Richmond Hill", "Early in the Morning" - uncredited
A Queen Is Crowned1953Documentary arranger: "Zadok the Priest", "National Anthem God Save the Queen" - uncredited
Made in Heaven1952arranger: "Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill", "So Early in the Morning", "Camptown Races" - uncredited
The Magic Box1951arranger: "Fairground Scene" - uncredited
The Red Shoes1948arranger: "Les Sylphides", "Giselle" - uncredited

Music Department

Operation Disaster1950composer: stock music - uncredited
Things to Come1936additional orchestrator - uncredited


Monitor1959TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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