Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925333367
Released: February 2016
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Ernest Wood and the Foundation of The Musical Tradition at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

By Ian Burk

The book focuses on an aspect of nineteenth-century imperial opportunism: the attempt to transplant and establish a curiosity of English and Anglican culture in Australia, the English Cathedral Music tradition (an all-male choir, of boy choristers and professional choir men, with an exclusive choir school for the education of the boys) notably at the newly-built St Paul’s Cathedral in pre-Federation Melbourne.

It explores the religious, musical and cultural motives and reasons for establishing and preserving such a tradition and documents its implementation and organisation by the Cathedral authorities, public personalities, and the first organist, Ernest Wood.

 

The book focuses on an aspect of nineteenth-century imperial opportunism: the attempt to transplant and establish a curiosity of English and Anglican culture in Australia, the English Cathedral Music tradition (an all-male choir, of boy choristers and professional choir men, with an exclusive choir school for the education of the boys) notably at the newly-built St Paul’s Cathedral in pre-Federation Melbourne.

 

It explores the religious, musical and cultural motives and reasons for establishing and preserving such a tradition and documents its implementation and organisation by the Cathedral authorities, public personalities, and the first organist, Ernest Wood.


 

Categories: Australian History, Cultural Studies, Featured Titles, Music, Religion

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