Whom the Gods Love

Whom the Gods Love

The Life and Music of George Butterworth

Michael Barlow


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Toccata Press



This is the first full-length study of the life and music of the composer George Butterworth (1885-1916), whose career was cut short by a sniper's bullet at the Somme. He was perhaps the finest of the many outstanding musical talents whose lives were claimed by the First World War.

Michael Barlow traces Butterworth's brief life: from preparatory school through Eton and Oxford, a teaching post at Radley, study at the Royal College of Music, a period as a music critic for The Times, and his enlisting in August 1914 which, two years later, led to his heroic death at the Somme. All of Butterworth's surviving compositions are discussed, and important chapters examine his Housman settings and his friendship with Vaughan Williams. Also chronicled for the first time are his extensive activities as a folksong and dance collector.


27 black and white illustrations
204 pages
22.2x14.3 cm
Paperback, 9780907689430, April 2009
Hardback, 9780907689423, January 1997
Toccata Press
BISAC MUS020000, BIO004000
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