April 23, 1839, New York.

December 22, 1902, New York City.

Bassford first studied harmony and composition under Sam­u­el Jack­son, who was for some time organist at St. Bar­thol­o­mew’s Church in New York. While still young, he traveled extensively with a concert troupe as a pianist. He eventually settled in New York as a teacher, where he was living as of 1885.

He wrote a number of secular songs, a mass in E♭, and some other church pieces. He also wrote a two-act opera, Cas­sil­da, and was hired to complete the opera Es­trel­la, which was left unfinished by Vin­cent Wal­lace.

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