Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician
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730 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

141 music exx. and 25 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Musical Studies

Series Vol. Number: 15

Imprint: Boydell Press

Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Jeremy Dibble

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Substantially revised and expanded edition that sheds new light on Stanford's career as composer, conductor and teacher, as well as promoter of opera in English and arranger of Irish folk music.


The Anglo-Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) is often remembered as the teacher of many of Britain's first generation of twentieth-century composers. He was, however, a composer of great diversity. An enthusiastic composer for the theatre and opera house, he was a symphonist, songwriter, and composer of church music; his national, indeed, international reputation was also reflected in the many works he wrote for some of the most prominent virtuosi of the time. Driven by a strong sense of ambition, he sought to advance the cause of British music not only as a composer but as a university professor, practical musician and conductor. Pre-eminent in the 1880s and 90s, he was eclipsed by Elgar during the Edwardian years, but his creative powers continued unabated until the early 1920s.


As the author of a wide range of musical works, which we are now able to experience through more live performances, broadcasts and recordings (the latter has expanded exponentially since the first edition of this book), we are now aware of the composer's greater musical achievements, particularly in the province of opera. This expanded and revised edition offers new musical and biographical discussion drawing on a wider range of primary and secondary sources. It brings new insights to Stanford's life as performer, conductor and teacher/author at Cambridge and the RCM, as well as an arranger and editor of Irish folk music. Another emphasis in this revised edition is Stanford's lifelong aspiration to promote opera in English and the establishment of an English National Opera in London. Stanford's politics, particularly his opposition to Gladstonian Liberalism and to Home Rule for Ireland, also receive rightful discussion within the context of his creative output.
I. Early Influences and Impressions, 1852-1870
1 Dublin, Family and Friends
2 Childhood: Dublin in the 1850s and 1860s

II. Formative Years, 1870-1887
3 Cambridge and the Wanderjahre (Leipzig and Berlin, 1870-1876)
4 A Promising Future: The Cambridge University Musical Society, Opera and a Revolution in Church Music (1877-1882)
5 The Royal College of Music (1883-1887): Disappointment and Revival

III. Recognition, 1888-1901
6 The Cambridge Professorship: Reform and International Acclaim (1888-1892)
7 Removal from Cambridge, the CUMS Jubilee and the Focus of London (1892-1895)
8 Shamus O'Brien, the Requiem and the Leeds Philharmonic Society (1896-1900)

IV. The New Generation, 1901-1914
9 The Leeds Festival, Knighthood and the New Generation (1901-1909)
10 Resignation from Leeds, Patriotism and Political Isolation (1910-1914)

V. War and Decline, 1914-1924
11 The War (1914-1918)
12 The Last Years (1918-1924)

JEREMY DIBBLE is an Emeritus Professor of Music at Durham University where he taught for 30 years. He is the author of C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (1998), Charles Villers Stanford: Man and Musician (original edition, 2002), Michele Esposito (2010). With the Boydell Press, Dibble has published John Stainer: A Life in Music (2007), Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymath (2013), British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought, 1850-1950 (2018) (with Julian Horton) and The Music of Frederick Delius (2021).

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Title Details

730 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

141 music exx. and 25 b/w illus.

Series: Irish Musical Studies

Series Vol. Number: 15

Imprint: Boydell Press