The compositions of Priaulx Rainier : an annotated catalogue

Van der Spuy, Herman Hubert (1988)

Thesis (D. Mus.) -- University of Stellenbosch, 1988.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: After having completed his D. Phil. dissertation on Die Musieklewe van Pietermaritzburg 1850-1902 in December 1975 the author went on an overseas holiday - his first re-visit to Europe after nine years. One of the findings of his dissertation was, that although Pietermaritzburg had had quite an active musical life for a centre with its population with concerts featuring prominent visiting musicians and local artists, a flourishing music society and in later years a borough-organist, there had actually been no first rate resident composers. The existing compositions of Reginald Statham , Alfred Day and others were more "occasional" pieces and did not really outlive the occasion for which they were composed. Today they are virtually unknown.

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