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Parry to Finzi: Twenty English Song-Composers
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476 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press

Parry to Finzi: Twenty English Song-Composers

by Trevor Hold

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The works of twenty composers from the golden age of English romantic song, major figures - Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Ireland, Gurney, Warlock and Finzi - studied alongside the lesser-known.
Constantly illuminating. JOHN STEANE, GRAMOPHONE
The composers in this book represent the outstanding songwriters from what we can now see as the golden age of English romantic song. As well as the major figures - Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Ireland, Gurney, Warlock and Finzi - there are chapters on lesser-known composers, such as Denis Browne and Charles Orr.
Detailed consideration is given to three songwriters who have sufferedunaccountable neglect, Arthur Somervell, Armstrong Gibbs and Herbert Howells, and there are chapters on Elgar, Delius and Holst, whose reputations were made in other fields but whose contribution to English song is nevertheless important. Also taking their rightful places in the book are Frank Bridge, Arnold Bax, George Butterworth and E.J. Moeran.
Each chapter begins with a discussion of its composer's song-output and of the poets and poetry he sets, and goes on to give an account of the influences on him and the hallmarks of his style; the songs are then discussed in detail, focusing on the major works. The text is illustrated with musical examples and there is a comprehensive bibliography and index.
TREVOR HOLD was a composer and poet who wrote extensively on English song. His setting of Laurie Lee's 'Day of these Days' won the English Poetry and Song Society/English Music Society 2002 GoldenJubilee Song Competition. He died in January 2004.
"Hold brings a composer's sensibility to his task, notably in his analytical discussion, and fully understands the nature of the marriage effected, and the difficulties involved, in the song-composer's art of blending poetry with music. He is a real companion on his reader's journey of discovery... The text [is] unfailingly readable and astute in judgement." JOHN TALBOT, BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
"First-class...one of the most important treatises on the subject yet written...[Hold] writes superbly, urbanely and - more important - carefully...Highly recommended." THE SINGER
"Constantly illuminating." JOHN STEANE, GRAMOPHONE
"This deeply considered, beautifully produced book...will be the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future." MUSIC & VISION

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Title Details

476 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press