Macfarren, Sir George Alexander, (1813-87), a prominent musical composer, was born in London. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, where he became a professor in 1834. In 1875 he was made principal of the Academy, and professor of music at Cambridge, and in 1883 he was knighted. His most celebrated works are The Devil's Opera (1838), Robin Hood (1860), Don Quixote (1846), his oratorios St. John the Baptist (1873), The Resurrection (1876), Joseph (1877). He wrote many musical treatises. For several years he was blind, but the affliction did not seem to affect his work.