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Music in Their Time: The Memoirs and Letters of Dora and Hubert Foss
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316 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

42 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Music in Their Time: The Memoirs and Letters of Dora and Hubert Foss

Edited by Stephen Lloyd, Diana Sparkes and Brian Sparkes

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An intimate and readable account, filled with interesting and amusing anecdotes, of a highly creative period in English musical history
Hubert J. Foss (1899-1953) is best known for his work as founder and first music editor for Oxford University Press. Foss promoted composers in England between the World Wars, most notably Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Constant Lambert, and Peter Warlock. The first part of this book is based on the memoirs of his wife Dora, who was herself a professional singer.
The book - through the presentation of memoirs and letters - recreates a vivid picture of the musical world during the inter-war period when there was a renaissance of English music. Foss's work for OUP saw the music department expand from publishing a limited number of sheet music items to a comprehensive inventory of operas, orchestral compositions, chamber and vocal works, and piano pieces. Foss also greatly expanded the press's publication of books on music, music analysis, and music appreciation. Leaving OUP's music department in1941, Foss pursued a number of freelance musical occupations, serving as critic, reviewer, journalist, author and frequent broadcaster.
The book includes letters sent to and received from such luminaries as Hamilton Harty,Constant Lambert, Edith Sitwell, Donald Tovey, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Henry J. Wood, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Percy Scholes, Leopold Stokowski, Michael Tippett, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce andWalter de la Mare. Many of the letters presented here have never been published before. An authoritative introduction by Simon Wright (Head of Rights & Contracts, Music, OUP) provides a detailed overview of Hubert Foss and his place in music publishing.

STEPHEN LLOYD is the author of William Walton: Muse of Fire and Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande (both published by Boydell). DIANA SPARKES is the daughter of Hubert and Dora Foss. BRIAN SPARKES is her husband and an Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology.
Introduction by Simon Wright
Dora Foss's Memoirs
The Wider Circle
Tributes to Hubert Foss
Selected Poetry of Hubert Foss
Discography
Select Bibliography
Correspondents
"This very welcome book shows [that Hubert J. Foss] was for a period of 20 years or so a major driving force for contemporary music...An engrossing and heart-warming read and a must for anyone interested in British musical life of the inter-war years." BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY
"This book offers a remarkably wide-ranging and entertaining insight into the landscape of British music.[the Fosses] changed lives, launched careers and unharnessed nascent creativity in the most generous of spirits; these pages bring their magic to life once more." SPIRITED

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October 2019

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Title Details

316 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

42 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press