[TAYLOR, Edward].
[TAYLOR, Edward]. The English Cathedral Service, its Glory,—its Decline, and its designed Extinction …
London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. …  1845.
8vo (210 × 137 mm), pp. iv, 85, [1]; a few spots, more so to the final blank, title a little dusty; recent wrappers.
Scarce first edition in book form of two papers from The British and Foreign Review, calling for public support for English cathedral music, ‘the richest collection of devotional music in the world’. ‘It is time that the public attention be drawn to the subject of English Cathedral Music, which at present seems destined to be quietly thrust aside as a thing of nought, and, amidst all the din with which the Church of England now resounds, to be suffered to fade, and droop and die …’ (p. 1).

Taylor (1784–1863) came from a musical family in Norwich, where he had arranged the first triennial music festival in 1824. A fine bass, he was also great personal friend of Spohr. ‘On 24 October 1837, following the death of Richard John Samuel Stevens, Taylor was appointed professor of music at Gresham College, in the City, a post which he held until his death … He gave frequent lectures with great success in different parts of the country … [which] did much to raise the profile of music among the general public … He was the founder of the Purcell Club and Vocal Society, and from 1829 to 1843 he was music critic of The Spectator’ (Oxford DNB).

Yeats-Edwards, English Church Music 193.
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