y Euterpe : An Ode to Music [Cantata] single work   lyric/song  
Issue Details: First known date: 1870 1870
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Commissioned for the opening of the new Melbourne Town Hall, Euterpe is described as a homage to sound, and an attempt to show how the power of music permeates all phases and walks of life - 'in religion, in charity, in general high purposes, in war, in sorrow, in love, in the dance, at the feast, in far countries [and] at evening' (Argus 10 August 1870, p. 3). Kendall and Horsley both make reference to the Town Hall and the opening ceremony's musical concert - of which the ode was the feature presentation. The words of the final verse, which are underpinned by the musical accompaniment, make this apparent: 'The ringing, and ringing, and ringing / Of voices of choristers singing / Inspired by a national joy / Strike through the marvellous hall / Fly by the aisle and the wall; / While the organ notes roam / From basement to dome / Now low as a wail / Now loud as a gale'

Notes

  • 1870 : Town Hall, Melbourne ; 9 August. Music Dir/Cond. Charles E. Horsley. - Cast incl. Lucy Chambers (contralto), Madame Simonsen (soprano), C. A. Donaldson (baritone), S.W.M. Lamble (bass), Ammes Beaumont (tenor). Musicians incl. David Lee (organ).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: s.n. , 1870 .
      Note/s:
      • Text printed in the programme of the opening of the new Town Hall, Melbourne, 9th. August 1870, pp.5-11.

        Title page includes : 'Cantata composed expressly for the opening of the new Melbourne Town Hall'.

  • Appears in:
    y The Freeman's Journal 30 December 1871 Z1782386 1871 newspaper issue 1871 pg. 11-12
    Note: Text of the libretto.
  • Appears in:
    y The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Thomas Thornton Reed (editor), Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 Z571473 1966 selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography. Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 pg. 373-379
    Note: Text of the libretto.

Works about this Work

Opening of the New Town Hall: The Inauguration 1870 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 10 August 1870; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Euterpe : An Ode to Music [Cantata] Henry Kendall 1870 single work lyric/song
Euterpe 1870 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 August 1870; (p. 3)

— Review of Euterpe : An Ode to Music [Cantata] Henry Kendall 1870 single work lyric/song
Mr. Kendall's New Version of Euterpe Henry Kendall , 1870 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Argus , 6 September 1870; (p. 5)
Opening of the New Town Hall: The Inauguration 1870 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus , 10 August 1870; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Euterpe : An Ode to Music [Cantata] Henry Kendall 1870 single work lyric/song
Euterpe 1870 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 August 1870; (p. 3)

— Review of Euterpe : An Ode to Music [Cantata] Henry Kendall 1870 single work lyric/song
Mr. Kendall's New Version of Euterpe Henry Kendall , 1870 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Argus , 6 September 1870; (p. 5)
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