Lithgow, Alex F. (1870-1929)

Also known as
Lithgow, Alexander Frame (1870-1929)
Lithgow, Alex F.
Lithgow, Alex F. (Alexander Frame) (1870-1929)
Field of activity
composer; conductor; musician; instrumentalist; violinist; bandsman; arranger; typesetter; printer; music publisher; Composer; Bandmaster
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Alexander Frame Lithgow (1870-1929), composer and bandmaster, was born on 1 December 1870 in Glasgow, Scotland, son of Samuel Lithgow, master tinsmith and his wife Agnes Alison, née Shanks. The family...

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Alex F. Lithgow was an important figure in the Australian and New Zealand brass band movement. He is best remembered as the composer of the march Invercargill (1909) and has been dubbed "the Sousa of the Antipodes", but his extensive performing and conducting activities were equally important aspects of his life. Lithgow's family migrated to Invercargill, New Zealand, from Scotland when he was six. He began cornet lessons with his father at age nine, and played in a brass ensemble comprising members of his family. At age 10 or 11, Lithgow began to play in the famous Invercargill Garrison Band, becoming its principal cornetist at 16, and its bandmaster by 20. He also played first violin with the Invercargill Theatre Royal orchestra, and with innumerable dance bands. He won national cornet solo championships in 1890 and 1893, and toured many cities of New Zealand as a soloist before accepting an appointment as bandmaster of St Joseph's Band in Launceston, Tasmania in 1894. Lithgow conducted the St Joseph's band until 1906, interrupted by an absence in 1901-1902 when he temporarily returned to New Zealand to conduct the Woolston Band of Christchurch. After strengthening numbers and developing the skills of the band, he directed them in many inter-colonial contests in addition to all manner of local performances. Day excursions on the Tamar River on steamers, where the band gave concerts on-board and at the destination, were immensely popular. He formed a number of musical societies in Launceston, including the Launceston Orchestral Society (1897-1898), the Launceston Concert Orchestra (1923-1927). He also taught privately, and adjudicated at many band competitions all over Australia. From 1910-1921 he conducted and composed for silent films in local cinemas. At the same time he earned a daytime living as a compositor for the Launceston Examiner and Daily Telegraph. Lithgow represented the model of the versatile bandmaster-composer, and wrote many works for his bands. Many were published - some by his own Commonwealth Band Music Publications, and others later by W.H. Paling and Co. A number of his works were published in the USA by Carl Fischer, and others in Germany. Invercargill enjoyed great commercial success. As a gramophone recording it broke sales records, and the march remains in the band repertoire as a standard. There are numerous memorials to Lithgow in Launceston, including a plaque at Paterson Barracks, and a park rotunda. In 2004 a renewed interest was brought to Lithgow's music when the Derwent Valley Band played a number of his marches in Copenhagen for the Danish royal wedding.

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  1. Alex Lithgow band music : photocopies of published music / Alex F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 2000 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At National Library
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  2. [Collection of manuscript and printed music composed or arranged by Alex Lithgow] Alex Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1890-1920 ]
    At Libraries Tas
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  3. Austral-Kiwi marches : Pioneer marches / Alex F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Sound : 1991 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  4. Lolita waltz / Alex F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1900-1909 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Victoria : quickstep / Alex. F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1930-1960 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At National Library
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  6. Royal Australian Navy : march / Alex. F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1911-1949 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. The cuckoos : a summer idyl (two-step) / A.J. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1900-1950 ]
    At National Library
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  8. Wairoa : march / by Alex F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1900-1994 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. Australia to-day [photocopy] depicting the triumphal march of industry / Alex F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 2000 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At National Library
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  10. Australis : cornet solo / by A.F. Lithgow
    Lithgow, Alex F., 1870-1929
    [ Printed music : 1920-1929 ]
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    At National Library
    Australis : cornet solo / by A.F. Lithgow
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Resources about Alex F. Lithgow (3)

  1. [Biographical cuttings on Alex F. Lithgow, composer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Alex F. Lithgow, 1870-1929 : march music king / Pat Ward
    Ward, Pat
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    At 12 libraries
    Alex F. Lithgow, 1870-1929 : march music king / Pat Ward
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  3. A.F. Lithgow memorial plaques, erected Paterson Barracks and city park, Launceston, 1953
    Stancombe, T. G
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. FISHERIES AND OYSTER FARMS ACT, 1935 RE-APPOINTMENT OF THE LITHGOW DISTRICT HONORARY VIGILANCE COMMITTEE
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 1 November 1985 [Issue No.147] p 5677

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    ... Murphy, 154 Macauley Street, Lithgow. Alex Preema, 1 Finlay Avenue, Lithgow. William Henry Hogan, 351 ... be reappointed to the Lithgow District Honorary Vigilance Committee, in respect of the area described ... 298 words
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 10 December 1948 [Issue No.157] p 3327

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    ... PORTIONS OP LITHGOW GENERAL CEMETERY. HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council ... , Salvation Army and other Denominations Burial Grounds within the General Cemetery at Lithgow, dedicated 27th ... 437 words
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    ... P.M.F., NEWCASTLE DISTRICT. Period—1st January to 30th June, 1929. Approved 29th November, 1928 ... practice, and return, during the period from date of acceptance to 30th June, 1929, £2 12s. 6d. net per ... 2028 words
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  1. OBITUARY MR. ALEX. F. LITHGOW.
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 13 July 1929 p 7 Article Illustrated
    ... OBITUARY MR. ALEX. F. LITHGOW. The death occurred yesterday morning at 132 St. John Street ... , Launceston, of Mr. Alex. F. Lithgow, the well-known composer and bandmaster. Mr. Lith-gow had been unable to ... 541 words
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  2. LITHGOW.
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    ... LtTHGOW. . The death occurred, at his resi-.A dence, East Portland, of Mr. Alex-' ander Learitiont ... Crudine. During, the last 12 years, he suffered fV.6m -'paralysis, oir late years being quite helpless. He ... 147 words
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    ... LITHGOW. . ; . A i'uil -grown fox lias boon caught- by tho school teacher's son at. Limekilns, In ... was Inducted to the charge of the Lithgow parisfi. -The service was conducted by the Rev. Archdeacon D ... 246 words
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  1. Lithgow marches on : 24 great marches by Alex F. Lithgow / Glenorchy City Concert Brass
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  2. Marching with Alex Lithgow
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  3. March "Lithgow" Alex F. Lithgow
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