Lavater, Louis (1867-1953)

Also known as
Lavater, Louis
Lavater, Louis I. (Louis Isadore) (1867-1953)
Lavater, Louis Isidore (1867-1953)
Field of activity
composer; conductor; poet; music teacher; pianist; author; musician; arts administrator; Composer; Musician; Writer
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Biographies

Louis Isidore Lavater (1867-1953), composer, musician and writer, was born on 2 March 1867 at St Kilda, Melbourne, eldest child of George Theodore Adams Lavater, civil servant, and his English-born wife...

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Louis Lavater wrote much orchestral, choral, and chamber music, several books of poetry, and numerous short stories. His father was G.T.A. (George Theodore Adams) Lavater, a civil servant who had a number of his own songs and dance music published in the nineteenth century. Having been schooled in Melbourne, Lavater enrolled in a medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1884 but did not finish, instead following his love of music. From 1885 Lavater worked in a bank, and in 1888 was secretary to the orchestral committee of the Melbourne Centenial Exhibition. In 1892 he moved to Colac where he established a music school, produced operas, organised choirs, and operated a lending library of sheet music. He returned to Melbourne in 1914 and made a precarious living from music, assisted by a one-pound pension from the Commonwealth Literary Fund. Nevertheless, his reputation remained stable and he was often asked as a judge for musical competions. He became a member of many music, artistic and literary clubs and societies. He held executive positions of the British Music Society, Association of Music Teachers of Victoria, and Musical Society of Victoria. He was a driving force behind the establishment of the Guild of Australian Composers in 1935. Although Lavater was highly prolific in his output of compositions, many remained in manuscript form only and they never gained him any significant financial rewards. Among his works are a ballet suite, Nina, which was performed in London, and The Licentiate Pianist's Handbook. His vocal works include hymns for Australia, settings of his own poetry and others, including some by AB Paterson, and arrangements of operatic arias and hymn tunes. In lamenting his passing, the journal Canon regretted the absence of any national recognition for his promotion of arts in Australia.

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Resources by Louis Lavater (173)

  1. In a river bank at night : by Louis Lavater / With portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 155,909.594)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 155,909.594)

  2. Music manuscripts
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 140,891.047)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 140,891.047)

  3. Music manuscripts
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Printed music : 1900-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,991.773)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,991.773)

  4. On a river bank at night / by Louis Lavater; with portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    View online
    At 7 libraries
    On a river bank at night / by Louis Lavater; with portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 111,278.93)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 111,278.93)

  5. Music scores
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1950-1973 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 111,014.641)

  6. Papers
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1880-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106,617.828)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106,617.828)

  7. Through all the fragrant eve : a ballet : for mixed voices / words by Louis Lavater ; music by Alfred Hill
    Hill, Alfred, 1869-1960
    [ Printed music : 1934 ]
    At 6 libraries
    Through all the fragrant eve : a ballet : for mixed voices / words by Louis Lavater ; music by Alfred Hill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,592.945)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,592.945)

  8. Thine eyes still shined for me : song / words by R.W. Emerson ; music by Louis Lavater
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Printed music : 1932 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83,470.016)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83,470.016)

  9. Twelve preludes for piano / Louis Lavater
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Printed music : 1937 ]
    At University of Sydney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,883.496)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,883.496)

  10. Twelve preludes for piano / Louis Lavater
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Printed music : 1937 ]
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    At 3 libraries
    Twelve preludes for piano / Louis Lavater
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,787.172)

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Resources about Louis Lavater (20)

  1. In a river bank at night : by Louis Lavater / With portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 156,510.562)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 156,510.562)

  2. Music manuscripts
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 140,664.438)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 140,664.438)

  3. Music manuscripts
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Printed music : 1900-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,568.82)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,568.82)

  4. [Biographical cuttings on Louis Lavater, poet and composer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,026.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,026.906)

  5. On a river bank at night / by Louis Lavater; with portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    View online
    At 7 libraries
    On a river bank at night / by Louis Lavater; with portrait by Harry Hastings Pearce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 112,429.203)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 112,429.203)

  6. Music scores
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1950-1973 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 110,047.383)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 110,047.383)

  7. Louis Lavater : miscellaneous research materials in the Musica Australis collection
    Australian Broadcasting Commission
    [ Published : 1900-1970 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 109,677.227)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 109,677.227)

  8. Papers
    Lavater, Louis, 1867-1953
    [ Unpublished : 1880-1953 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106,216.57)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106,216.57)

  9. Through all the fragrant eve : a ballet : for mixed voices / words by Louis Lavater ; music by Alfred Hill
    Hill, Alfred, 1869-1960
    [ Printed music : 1934 ]
    At 6 libraries
    Through all the fragrant eve : a ballet : for mixed voices / words by Louis Lavater ; music by Alfred Hill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,557.617)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 87,557.617)

  10. [Lavater family tree and other papers]
    [ Unpublished : 1953-1976 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86,091.289)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86,091.289)

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    ... Louis Lavater, Poet This fJi'cen Mortality, by Louis Lavater. Sydney .1. Endacott . M '-v bourne ... . Mr. Lavater ha;; won a deserve I reputation as a writer of t-Ue sonant, aud that vevse-torm appears ... 624 words
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  2. LAVATER—CLIFTON.
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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 28 May 1953 p 2 Article
    ... the late Louis Lavater should be reprinted and framed for display in every theatre, con-cert hall ... L. Lavater rTHE sentiments so beautifully expressed. by The Argus music critic, Biddy Allen, about ... 117 words
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    Languages: French
    At State Library VIC
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    Each item on this list has a link to on-line audio with an unrestrictive license in TROVE comments. Copyright law determines when inellectual property protection ends, and which music is free for all...

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    [ Article : 1951 ]
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  2. Series 05: Alfred Hill printed music collected, 1883-1958
    Hill, Alfred, 1869-1960
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  3. Series 02: Alfred Hill music manuscripts and associated papers, 1887-1960
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  1. Souvenir d'amitie et de reconnaissance pour Mr. E. Louis / delapart de Jean Gaspar Lavater. Pasteur. Zuric, Samedy, 16 Janv. 1790
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    Meanjin Archive
    [ Unpublished : 1935-1974 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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