Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis) (1862-1915)

Also known as
Hall, G. W. L. Marshall-, (George William Louis Marshall-) (1862-1915)
Hall, George (1862-1915)
Marshall-Hall, (George William Louis) (1862-1915)
Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis)
Marshall-Hall, George William Louis (1862-1915)
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composer; conductor; music teacher; librettist; poet; musician; instrumentalist; organist; professor of music
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George William Louis Marshall-Hall (1862-1915), composer, conductor and professor of music, was born on 28 March 1862 in London, son of Marshall Hall and his wife Mary Eliza, née Mammatt; he was a...

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G.W.L. Marshall-Hall was a significant figure on the Australian opera and orchestral scene, and in music education at the turn of the twentieth century. His public life was rather controversial. Between appointments in England as an organist, choirmaster, and teacher, Marshall-Hall attended the Royal College of Music, studying organ with Walter Parratt, composition with Hubert Parry and counterpoint with Frederick Bridge. In 1888 he became director of the orchestra and choral society and teacher at the London Organ School and College of Music. He launched himself energetically into London musical life as a composer of operas and orchestral works. By 1890, an excerpt from his opera Harold had been performed by Charles Santley at the Crystal Palace, and his first published work, A Song Cycle of Life and Love had been enthusiastically reviewed by George Bernard Shaw. In 1891 Marshall-Hall emigrated to Australia to become the first Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne. He composed prolifically in Australia, his works including several overtures and symphonies, concerti, operas, string quartets, and music for stage works. He founded the Marshall-Hall Orchestra in 1892, which inherited the standards, scores and some of the personnel of previous Melbourne orchestras, the 1888 Centennial Exhibition Orchestra and its successor, the Victorian Orchestra. The orchestra gave first performances of many of Marshall-Hall's instrumental and vocal compositions, as well as Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Wagner and the latest French and German works, at a standard hitherto unknown in Melbourne. In 1894-1895 with W.A. Laver, Marshall-Hall established the Melbourne University Conservatorium, which later became the Albert Street Conservatorium. A charismatic teacher, his championship of Wagner and Schopenhauer soon attracted comment, and his outspoken views on every issue from religion to politics created trouble. A man of bohemian tastes and habits, he became associated with Arthur Streeton and other Heidelberg painters. Following the publication of his collection of poems Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1898, the press accused him of lewdness, lasciviousness and anti-clericalism. As a result, he lost his appointment as Ormond Professor in 1910, but since he was the lessee of the Conservatorium, he continued to teach. The University set up a rival teaching programme. The Marshall-Hall Orchestra became unfinancial and last performed in 1912. Disillusioned, he returned to Europe to promote his own music. A production of his opera Romeo and Juliet was scheduled for production in Nuremberg, but was cancelled. Stella, an opera first performed in Melbourne in 1912, was produced at the London Palladium in 1914. The Ormond Chair of Music again fell vacant in 1914 and, despite controversy, Marshall-Hall resumed the position in January 1915. He died of appendicitis soon after.

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  1. Stella : opera in one act / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; edited by Suzanne Robinson
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Book : 1992 ]
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    Stella : opera in one act / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; edited by Suzanne Robinson
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  2. Father and daughter series I / words by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; music by Elsa Marshall-Hall
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    [ Printed music : 1950-1959 ]
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  3. Programs of the Marshall-Hall orchestral concerts 1892-1910
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
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  4. Musica Australis / edited by Richard Divall
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Printed music : 1998-2005 ]
    Languages: English;No linguistic content, [1 other]
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  5. Hymns ancient and modern / [by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall]
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    [ Book : 1898 ]
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  6. A book of canticles / [by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall]
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Book : 1897 ]
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  7. Bianca Capello : a tragedy / by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Book : 1906 ]
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  8. Stella : opera in one act : full score / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; edited by Suzanne Robinson
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Printed music : 1992 ]
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    Stella : opera in one act : full score / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; edited by Suzanne Robinson
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  9. Symphonie in Es dur : Symphony in E-flat / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; fur Klavier zu 4 Handen bearbeitet von Eduard Scharf
    Marshall-Hall, G. W. L. (George William Louis), 1862-1915
    [ Printed music : 1905 ]
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  10. Marshall-Hall (1862-1915)
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  1. Marshall-Hall's Melbourne : music, art and controversy 1891-1915 / edited by Thérèse Radic & Suzanne Robinson
    Radic, Thérèse, 1935-
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  2. G.W.L. Marshall-Hall : a biography & catalogue / written and compiled by Thérèse Radic
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  3. Stella : opera in one act / G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; edited by Suzanne Robinson
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    [ Book : 1992 ]
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on George William Louis Marshall-Hall, former composer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  5. [Biographical cuttings on Professor George Marshall-Hall, professor of music, bohemian, conductor, composer, poet, and founder Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music, 1894, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  6. The Marshall-Hall saga : a brief glimpse at the life of the first Ormond Professor, George William Louis Marshall-Hall / [William P. Nash]
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    [ Book : 1991 ]
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  7. G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, portrait of a lost crusader : an introduction to the Marshall-Hall collection of the Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne / Thérèse Radic
    Radic, Thérèse, 1935-
    [ Book : 1982 ]
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    G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, portrait of a lost crusader : an introduction to the Marshall-Hall collection of the Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne / Thérèse Radic
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  8. Father and daughter series I / words by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall ; music by Elsa Marshall-Hall
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  9. Programs of the Marshall-Hall orchestral concerts 1892-1910
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  10. G.W.L. Marshall-Hall : miscellaneous research materials in the Musica Australis collection
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    [ Published : 1900-1970 ]
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