The Musical Salvationist: The World of Richard Slater (1854-1939), 'Father of Salvation Army Music'

The Musical Salvationist: The World of Richard Slater (1854-1939), 'Father of Salvation Army Music'

by Gordon Cox


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The Musical Salvationist: The World of Richard Slater (1854-1939), 'Father of Salvation Army Music' by Gordon Cox

The Musical Salvationist frames the musical history of the Salvation Army through the life story of Richard Slater, popularly known as the 'Father of Salvation Army Music'. This book focuses upon the significant contribution of the Salvation Army to British musical life from the late Victorian era until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. It demonstrates links between the Army's music-making and working class popular culture, education and religion. Richard Slater [1854-1939] worked in the Army's Musical Department from 1883 until his retirement in 1913. His detailed hand-written diaries reveal new information about his background before he became a Salvationist at the age of 28. He then worked as the principal Salvationist composer, arranger and musical editor of the period and had contact with William Booth, the Army's Founder, who rejoiced in 'robbing the devil of his choice tunes'; George Bernard Shaw who wrote a penetrating critique of a band festival in 1905; and Eric Ball who was to become one of the Army's finest composers. The book illuminates rarely explored aspects of a vibrant British musical tradition, and its adaptation to international contexts. GORDON COX is a former Senior Lecturer in Music Education, University of Reading. Foreword by Dr Ray Steadman-Allen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843836964
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Series: Music in Britain, 1600-1900 Series , #7
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Foreword Ray Steadman-Allen ix Acknowledgements xi

List of Abbreviations xii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Origins of the Salvation Army and its Musical World 11

William Booth (1829-1912) and the Salvation Army

A Plebeian Musical Tradition

'Filling the world with Salvation by the means of Salvation Music'

Chapter 2 Who was Richard Slater? 32

Early Years, 1854-70

The Autodidact, 1871-82

Chapter 3 Richard Slater: The Musical Salvationist 55

Entry into the Salvation Army, 1882-3

Apprenticeship, 1883-92

In Command, 1893-1913

Chapter 4 Musical Participation, 1878-1913 95

Varieties of Instrumental and Vocal Participation

Salvation Army Brass Bands


Chapter 5 Musical Teaching and Learning, 1878-1913 115

A Salvationist Musical Pedagogy

Teaching and Learning in Practice

Salvationist Musicians 'in the Making'

Chapter 6 Under the Colours, 1914-19: The War Years" 135

The International Congress of 1914

The Commission of Enquiry

For King and Country

Chapter 7 Eric Ball and the Inter-War Years, 1919-39: Towards the Golden Age of Salvation Army Music 158

The Music Editorial Department

Eric Ball

Recording and Broadcasting

Chapter 8 Richard Slater and his Musical Legacy 186

Slater's final years

Richard Slater: The 'Father of Salvation Army Music'

Afterword 194

Bibliography 201

Index 215

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