Torrance, G.W. (George William) (1835-1907)

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Torrance, G.W. (George William)
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composer; musician; priest; clergy; instrumentalist; organist; choirboy; church musician
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George William Torrance was a boy chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and as a young man he was organist of several Dublin churches. At age 19 he composed his first oratorio Abraham (1855), and a year later went to Leipzig for further musical studies. After composing his first opera, William of Normandy and another oratorio, The Captivity, he entered Trinity College, Dublin, to study for Church of England ministry. He was ordained deacon in 1865 and priest in 1866 and after a number of curacies he decided to move to Victoria, arriving in Williamstown in 1869. He worked in a number of Melbourne parishes before being appointed acting principal of Trinity College, Melbourne from 1872-1876. During his incumbency at Holy Trinity, Balaclava, from 1878 to 1895, Torrance played a part in fundraising and building the church and the installation of a three-manual organ. The 600 Pound cost was fully paid by 1885 through Torrance giving recitals, collecting subscriptions, and acting as the church organist to save the salary. He was dubbed "the disappearing parson" because after finishing prayers he vanished behind the screen to play the organ. Torrance composed and performed actively after his arrival in Australia. He received the University of Melbourne's first award in music in 1879 when he was admitted to a doctorate in music. His third oratorio premiered in the Melbourne Town Hall in 1882. He composed numerous hymns, anthems, chants, songs, and madrigals, many of which were published. He also wrote a Melbourne Exhibition March for the Melbourne International Exhibition. He acted as an examiner for the Victorian education department and for the Royal College of Music scholarship committee. He gave a lecture on music to the Social Science Congress in Melbourne in 1880, outlining something of his own vision for colonial music. He was also responsible for the formation of the choir of St Paul's Cathedral and Trinity College, Melbourne. He advised many churches in Victoria on organ building. Torrance's social conscience manifested in his membership of the first committee of the Victorian Humane Society, and later in his campaigning for the Anti-sweating Leauge. In 1897, Torrance returned to Ireland, becoming chaplain to the bishop of Ossory and bishop's vicar choral at St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, and later canon and cathedral librarian. Tablets to his memory are located at Trinity College, Melbourne, and Holy Trinity, Balaclava.

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  1. Whoso hath this world's good : anthem for Hospital Sunday or other charity, suitable also for an offertoire / composed by Rev. G.W. Torrance, M.A., Mus. Doc., Dublin and Melbourne
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Printed music : 1890 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. The revelation, or, Vision of St. John in the isle of Patmos : an oratorio : the words selected from holy scripture ... / music composed by G. W. Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1882 ]
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    The revelation, or, Vision of St. John in the isle of Patmos : an oratorio : the words selected from holy scripture ... / music composed by G. W. Torrance
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  3. The Revelation, or, Vision of St. John in the isle of Patmos : an oratorio / the words selected from the Apocalypse and the music composed by George William Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Printed music : 1899 ]
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    The Revelation, or, Vision of St. John in the isle of Patmos : an oratorio / the words selected from the Apocalypse and the music composed by George William Torrance
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  4. A sermon : preached in St. John's Church, Melbourne, on Sunday evening, 29th October 1876 / by G.W. Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1876 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. George William Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Printed music : 1880-1899 ]
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  6. Music in its relation to religion : a lecture / by George William Torrance ; delivered before the Dublin Young Men's Christian Association, in connexion with the United Church of England and Ireland, 26 Westland Row, on Friday evening, 8th Feb., 1861 ...
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1862 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Two stages of love (morning and noontide) composed by G.W. Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Printed music : 1910-1919 ]
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    Two stages of love (morning and noontide) composed by G.W. Torrance
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  8. Music : an address, delivered at the opening of the Fine Arts Section / by the Rev. G. W. Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1880 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. Selections from the compositions of Rev. G. W. Torrance, Mus. Doc., to be performed in the Town Hall, Melbourne, on Monday evening, 28th February, 1881
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1881 ]
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    Selections from the compositions of Rev. G. W. Torrance, Mus. Doc., to be performed in the Town Hall, Melbourne, on Monday evening, 28th February, 1881
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  10. Music of the Australian Aborigines b / G. W. Torrance
    Torrance, G. W. (George William), 1835-1907
    [ Book : 1887 ]
    At Trinity College
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on George William Torrance, composer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. George William Torrance : miscellaneous research materials in the Musica Australis collection
    Australian Broadcasting Commission
    [ Published : 1900-1970 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Dr. Torrance's musical compositions : published by W. H. Glen & Co
    W. H. Glen & Co
    [ Book : 1950 ]
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