Knox, W. R. (William Robert)

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Knox, W. R.
Knox, William Robert
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composer; pianist; musician; music teacher; editor; instrumentalist; organist; church musician
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A native of Adelaide, William Knox received tuition from a Mr Landergan and the visiting conductor and organist Paola Giorza. He made his debut in public at the age of 18 as a performer on the organ and piano at the Flinders Street Presbyterian Church, Adelaide, where he was also appointed as organist. He resigned after 12 years owing to ill health and accepted an appointment at Glenelg Congregational Church, with a view to residing at the sea side. In 1902, he returned to the City and Brougham Place Congregational Church, but finally settled at the Unitarian Church, Wakefield Street. Knox was a populariser of the organ and did much to familiarise the public with repertoire by Schubert, Chopin, Mozart and others. He was also a moderniser, and although he recognised the Adelaide Town Hall organ was "a beautiful one", he thought it needed improving. He was given credit for rescuing the instrument from the silent oblivion into which it had fallen by performing a series of recitals in 1909. Prior to this it was regarded as something of a white elephant. Knox was a teacher both privately, as a visiting master at Prince Alfred College, and at Way College. He obtained the Fellowship of the Victoria College of Music, London, in 1896, and then the higher diploma of Fellow of the International College. In 1898 he severed his connection with the Victoria College and succeeded J.H. Fray as local secretary for the International College whose principal, Dr Edwin M. Lott, visited Adelaide in May 1900. In 1895 Knox launched the South Australian Musical Journal, probably the first periodical in Australia devoted entirely to music. It ran articles on "great musicians", related anecdotes, gave advice to pianists and singers, and had a smattering of local news. Knox's teaching obligations prevented him from continuing its publication, and it ceased in July 1896. Knox gained some fame as a composer, producing a great many salon works for piano in particular. His oeuvre included simple character pieces such as Elaine - Morceau brilliant in E flat (c. 1900), dances, and marches commemorating national events. For instance, The Australian Heroes (1903) was written in honour of Australian military contingents returning from the Boer War. He wrote the Australian Pianoforte Tutor, which ran to a number of editions.

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  1. Free grand organ recital by Mr. W.R. Knox, F.M.I.C. / Town Hall, Adelaide
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Book : 1914 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Free grand organ recital by Mr. W.R. Knox, F.M.I.C., L.L.C.M. / Town Hall, Adelaide
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Book : 1915 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. The Collegians : march in D major for the pianoforte / by W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1893 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  4. Tarentelle en E mineur pour piano / par W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1894 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  5. Knox's Australian pianoforte tutor : a tutor for the pianoforte / by W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1898 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  6. There's something in the British after all : patriotic song / words adapted by Rev. Hebert Edwards ; music by W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1910-1915 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    There's something in the British after all : patriotic song / words adapted by Rev. Hebert Edwards ; music by W.R. Knox
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  7. Twilight : impromptu en E flat, pour piano, op. 12 / par W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1890-1900 ]
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    Twilight : impromptu en E flat, pour piano, op. 12 / par W.R. Knox
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  8. Dreaming : reverie caprice : pour piano / par W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1890-1899 ]
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  9. Elaine : morceau brillant : pour piano / par W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1894 ]
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    Elaine : morceau brillant : pour piano / par W.R. Knox
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  10. Australian heroes : march for the piano / by W.R. Knox
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Printed music : 1903 ]
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    Australian heroes : march for the piano / by W.R. Knox
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  1. Free grand organ recital by Mr. W.R. Knox, F.M.I.C. / Town Hall, Adelaide
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Book : 1914 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Free grand organ recital by Mr. W.R. Knox, F.M.I.C., L.L.C.M. / Town Hall, Adelaide
    Knox, W. R. (William Robert)
    [ Book : 1915 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. Fourth free grand organ recital, by W.R. Knox : [concert program], 1909, Adelaide Town Hall, [presented by manager] Will Angus
    [ Book : 1909 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  4. First free grand organ recital, by W.R. Knox : [concert program], 1909, Adelaide Town Hall, [presented by manager] Will Angus
    [ Book : 1909 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  5. Organ recital and concert : [concert program], 1927
    [ Book : 1927 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  6. Organ recital & concert : [concert program], 1929
    [ Book : 1929 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 16 March 1852 [Issue No.28] p 453

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  1. DEATH OF MR. W. R. KNOX
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