The Musical Salvationist: The World of Richard Slater (1854-1939), ‘Father of Salvation Army Music’, by Gordon Cox.
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.
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.
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