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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Carthusian Music in the Eighties

Carthusian Music in the Eighties

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(p.95) Chapter 21 Carthusian Music in the Eighties
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Vaughan Williams on Music
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David Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0022

By the eighties, at all events at Charterhouse, the arts, even the art of music, were mildly encouraged. There were in my time two presiding authorities over Carthusian music: Mr G. H. Robinson, the organist; and Mr Becker, who taught the pianoforte and also played the horn. Robinson was a sensitive musician and a kind-hearted man, and gave leave to practise on the chapel organ. There was one competent organist among the boys: H. C. Erskine, who was able to give a very good performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's “St Anne's” Fugue. This chapter ought to mention a boy whose name later became vicariously famous: Gordon Woodhouse. One cannot write of Carthusian music without mentioning “Duck” Girdlestone, he was a keen amateur musician and conducted the weekly practices of the school orchestra.

Keywords:   Charterhouse, arts, music, Carthusian music, G. H. Robinson, H. C. Erskine, Johann Sebastian Bach, St Anne's Fugue, Duck Girdlestone, school orchestra

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