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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