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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Foreword Ray Steadman-Allen ix Acknowledgements xi
List of Abbreviations xii
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
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
Recording and Broadcasting
Chapter 8 Richard Slater and his Musical Legacy 186
Slater's final years
Richard Slater: The 'Father of Salvation Army Music'