A.E. Floyd (1877–1974) had the ability to make music interesting and accessible to the musical public. By the 1940s, he was a household name in Australia particularly as a result of his music broadcasts, which always ended with the words ‘and now I’ll say goodbye ’til next time’. Under his direction, music at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, enjoyed an international reputation for excellence.
This book traces the life and work of a colourful, sometimes contradictory and legendary character: his early musical development in the United Kingdom and his subsequent work as cathedral organist, conductor, composer, music critic, broadcaster and educator.
About the author
Ian Burk is a graduate of the University of Tasmania, the Royal College of Music, London, and the University of Melbourne. He was a music producer for the ABC, for twelve years organist and master of the choristers at St David's Cathedral, Hobart, and taught at the University of Tasmania. An AMEB examiner, Ian was for several years music consultant and general editor at the AMEB Federal Office. He is presently senior lecturer in music at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
Paperback, xvi, 185 p.
ISBN 978 0 734037 74 9
ISSN 1325 5266
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