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F. S. Kelly - the piano music

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michaeldr
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If your Great War interest is centred on the RND and if you're also a fan of piano music, then this is a must be for you.

Frederick S Kelly (known as Sep to his family & Cleg while with the RND);

Australian born, educated at Sydney Grammar School, then Eton and Balliol, he went on to be an Olympic rower and died as a Lt-Cmdr, DSC, RNVR., at the Ancre in 1916.

A great life cut short, but leaving a legacy of music

see https://toccataclassics.com/product/frederick-septimus-kelly-piano-music/

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horatio2

Thank you for the notice, Michael. Kelly's diaries are a good read, not only for their record of his war (RND, Hood and Drake Bns, Gallipoli, BEF, etc) but because they are interwoven at every stage with comments on the progress of his musical compositions, notably the piece he wrote in memory of his great friend, Rupert Brooke.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Olympian-Somme-Frederick-1914-1916-ebook/dp/B00UFU319M/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+last+olympian+of+the+somme&qid=1589877113&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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michaeldr

Thanks H2 - it's good to have that link here

The book is an excellent read and has been on my shelf for a while

Highly recommended

 

best regards

Michael

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michaeldr
1 hour ago, michaeldr said:

has been on my shelf for a while

 

For reasons known only to the publisher's  marketing department, the name of the book has changed

It was first published in 2015 as 'Kelly's War - The Great War Diary of Frederick Kelly 1914-1916'

Anyone searching Abe and the like, should probably try both names.

 

Looking forward to receiving my disc of Kelly's piano music

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WhiteStarLine

We claim him in Australia as one of ours and his Elegy is played by the Australian Broadcasting Commission from time to time and deservedly so.  It's similar to listening to Butterworth, where you spend half the time thinking "what might he have achieved...."

 

There's an opinion piece from a while ago in the Sydney Morning Herald saying that really his only connection to Australia was his birth.  This bit made me smile - don't read if you are thin-skinned:

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The day after the Australian landings at Anzac Cove in 1915, and the night before the Hood Battalion went ashore on April 27, Sep Kelly would write: "I got in an hour's sleep before lunch and another hour before tea. Before dinner I played Scarlatti's C Minor sonata and Chopin's I[sic] Minor Ballade. We all expect to be in action tomorrow."

 

Only a Pom would do that.

 

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michaeldr
23 minutes ago, WhiteStarLine said:

Before dinner I played Scarlatti's C Minor sonata and Chopin's I[sic] Minor Ballade. We all expect to be in action tomorrow."

Only a Pom would do that.

 

I suppose that's what Eton & Balliol do for you 

 

Thanks for adding the link

Michael

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horatio2
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Aside from tinkling the ivories of the ship's piano before landing at Gallipoli, the highlight of Kelly's battlefield concerts must have been when he conducted the Hood Bn band in a performance of the 1812 Overture in Noulette Wood in September 1916. "to the accompaniment of a bombardment by British gun batteries dug in among the trees." A witness (AB Joe Murray) said "we heard it as Tchaikovsky had wanted to hear it: all the guns were firing like hell."

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WhiteStarLine

Now I am impressed!

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