Pianoforte Studies (Saunders, Gordon)
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London: A. Hammond & Co., n.d. The Academic Edition no.129
Score Identified by the uploader's mother's aunt and former owner of the score (B. M. (Beamie) Gunner, South Petherwin, Cornwall). English fingering used throughout.
|Work Title||Pianoforte Studies|
|Alternative Title||Pianoforte Studies for the Local Examinations of Trinity College London edited with notes & fingering by Gordon Saunders. Senior Division. 2|
|Composer Time Period||Romantic|
|Related Works||see below|
Little is known* of Gordon Saunders apart from the fact he was Granville Bantock's first teacher at Trinity College of Music. However we have an interesting view of his pedagogic activities in the following newspaper article :
- Dr.Gordon Saunders, who is now conducting the examinations in the theory and practice of music in connection with Trinity College, London, is the senior professor and registrar of that institution. Last year, it will be remembered, the growing importance of those examinations in Australia was recognised by the despatch of Mr.Birkett Foster (son of the famous water-colour painter) to these parts, and now a still more representative musician is undertaking the antipodean tour. Dr.Saunders is a Doctor of Music at the University of Oxford, and his work on "Counterpoint" has been accepted at Oxford as one of the text books on the subject. Last year he broke entirely new ground by issuing a work upon "Musical Phrasing," which essential element in just expression, whether vocal or instrumental, he aptly describes as "the "elocution of music". Dr.Saunders is also known as a composer of songs and church music; but above all may be placed the fact that he is one of the seven original founders of Trinity College. The college was started in the interests of art with the object of giving a sound musical education at about half the current rates of the great colleges, by whom, no doubt, it is cordially hated. However that may be, it is worth noting that Trinity College does not seek to make profits, and that it expends £600 a year in scholarships and prizes. Dr.Saunders states that the standard of T.C.L. exams is high, being about the same as that of the Associated Boards of the Royal Academy and Royal College. Having already visited Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, and the chief cities of New Zealand and Tasmania since his arrival in this country early in September, Dr.Saunders has formed some opinion as to the acquirements of our young people. He has met with exceptional individual talent, but in the mass he does not rate them high. He has found evidences of more bad teaching in the great centres than in the smaller cities. Having examined pupils in every part of England, he remarks that his is a common experience. In London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham inferior teachers flourish with more impunity than in small country towns where the individual capacity of each master is thoroughly well known. Impostors are soon weeded out of the small places. Still, it has to be be regretfully recorded that at present teaching in Sydney and Melbourne, for example, has not yet achieved the results Dr.Saunders has noted in the old country. He has occasionally had the pleasure of passing 75 per cent of his candidates in London, whilst 50 per cent is regarded as below the average. Now during yesterday he was only able to pass 33 per cent of the senior candidates at University -chambers, Phillip-street, figures which absolutely forbid flattery of any kind. Dr.Saunders's attention being drawn to a recent statement of Mr.Sims Reeves, "That all the Australian singers who had studied under him suffered from tremolo," he replied that Mr.Reeves must have been unlucky. He (Dr.Saunders) had met with the usual average of bad singing amongst Australian and New Zealand amateurs, but so far he had not met with a single case of tremolo. The new examiner, who has genial manners and the air of a hard-worked but enthusisastic musician, hopes to complete his task here in time to leave for Bathurst on Thursday. He will examine 100 students at Brisbane before sailing for England by the Arcadia on 18th November.
- The Sydney Morning Herald : Tuesday 3 November 1896 (there is another article, same newspaper, less interesting, dated Saturday 14 November 1896)
- Among other publications attributed to Joseph (?) Gordon Saunders there is trace of a curious Original Patent Application Number 421 for an Improved Method and Means for Teaching or Studying Music written in collaboration with co-inventor Percy Lush Austen (1895).