Marshall [née Thomas], Florence Ashton [Marshall, Mrs Julian]
- Nigel Burton
[Marshall, Mrs Julian]
(b Rome, March 30, 1843; d after 1911). English composer, conductor and writer. She studied with William Sterndale Bennett, John Goss and G.A. Macfarren at the RAM and was made an Associate of the Philharmonic Society. Her writings include a biography of Handel (London, 1885), contributions to the first edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians and articles in periodicals.
Marshall’s music consistently achieves a level of accomplished excellence. Though non-sentimental Mendelssohnian traits are apparent, chromatic shadings and original melodic contours define a personal idiom of freshness and beauty. The timeless quality of Sweet and Low and the depiction of ‘a soldier’s sepulchre’ (in Hohenlinden) both testify to her strength of intellect, while the dominant chord which concludes Ask me no more perfectly expresses the poem’s ambiguity. Whatever the medium, her writing is always idiomatic, and the ‘la-la’ refrains of the Choral Dances from Prince Sprite...