Sir Arthur Somervell on Music Education: His Writings, Speeches and Letters

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Boydell Press, 2003 - Music - 144 pages
Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937), composer and educationist, influenced the musical and educational life of England over four decades. Remembered today principally as an accomplished composer of songs and choral works, he also worked for twenty-eight years as one of His Majesty's Inspectors of Schools (HMI), with special responsibility for the teaching of music. Towards the end of his life Somervell gathered together a number of his articles, in whichhe expounds a passionate philosophy of music education, makes candid remarks about musical life and musical education in England, and provides insights into the sometimes bitter debate with Cecil Sharp about folk song. These collected writings have now been prepared for publication by Gordon Cox, together with some unpublished speeches and letters, enabling musicologists and music educators to re-evaluate the significance of Somervell's contribution to the musical and educational life of his time. GORDON COX is senior lecturer in education at the University of Reading.

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Contents

An Introductory Note on the
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His Life and Work
10
Introductory Note
42
Untitled The Public School and Before It
52
Singing in Schools
59
Fairy Tales? Fairy Tales from the Utilitarian Standpoint
66
Music as a Factor in National Life
77
The True the Good the Beautiful
89
Introductory Note
94
Inaugural Address
102
On the Educational Ladder
114
Letter from Somervell to Cecil Sharp 15 October 1904
121
Note from Somervell to A H Fox Strangways n d
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Index
143
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