Robert Dalley-Scarlett (1887-1959) and Handel Reception in Australia between the World Wars

Owens, Samantha (2012) Robert Dalley-Scarlett (1887-1959) and Handel Reception in Australia between the World Wars. Musicology Australia, 34 2: 165-183. doi:10.1080/08145857.2012.734963

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Author Owens, Samantha
Title Robert Dalley-Scarlett (1887-1959) and Handel Reception in Australia between the World Wars
Journal name Musicology Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0814-5857
Publication date 2012-12-14
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08145857.2012.734963
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 165
End page 183
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In December 1949, the Brisbane-based musician Robert Dalley-Scarlett received a prestigious Handel Medal from the town of Halle (Germany) for his work promoting the composer’s oeuvre. This paper investigates Dalley-Scarlett’s pioneering role in the period between the two World Wars, during which time he was not only a key figure in the Brisbane Handel Festivals of 1933 and 1934—among the earliest in the southern hemisphere—but was also active as conductor of the Brisbane Handel Society, a choir established with the intention of ‘broadcasting all of Handel’s oratorios’ via the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The specific circumstances leading to the initial award of the medal to Dalley-Scarlett on the eve of World War II are also outlined through a close reading of a series of papers held by the Ha¨ndel- Haus in Halle. These shed some light on German–Australian musical relations during the late 1930s, while also providing a concrete illustration of one of the ways in which the National Socialist regime used culture in their attempts to spread their deeply disturbing nationalistic message across the globe.
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Created: Mon, 17 Dec 2012, 19:47:35 EST by Dr Samantha Owens on behalf of School of Music