Lennox Berkeley and Friends: Writings, Letters and Interviews

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This book is a major source of information about one of the most influential British composers of the mid-twentieth century and the musicians he knew. It also provides details of the musical relationship between Paris and London before, during and after World War II. Berkeley had a ring-side seat when he lived in Paris, studied with Nadia Boulanger and wrote reviews about musical life there from 1929 to 1934. His little known letters to her reveal the mesmeric power of this extraordinary woman. Berkeley was an ...
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Overview

This book is a major source of information about one of the most influential British composers of the mid-twentieth century and the musicians he knew. It also provides details of the musical relationship between Paris and London before, during and after World War II. Berkeley had a ring-side seat when he lived in Paris, studied with Nadia Boulanger and wrote reviews about musical life there from 1929 to 1934. His little known letters to her reveal the mesmeric power of this extraordinary woman. Berkeley was an elegant writer, and it is fascinating to read his first-hand memories of composers such as Ravel, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten. The book also contains interviews with Berkeley's colleagues, friends and family. These include performers such as Julian Bream and Norman Del Mar; composers Nicholas Maw and Malcolm Williamson; the composer's eldest son Michael, the composer and broadcaster; and Lady Berkeley. Lennox Berkeley knew Britten well, and there are many references to him in this eminently readable collection. Peter Dickinson, British composer and pianist, has written and edited numerous books about twentieth-century music, including Cage Talk: Dialogues with and about John Cage as well as Samuel Barber Remembered (both with University of Rochester Press) and three books published by Boydell Press: The Music of Lennox Berkeley; Copland Connotations; and Lord Berners: Composer, Writer, Painter. Peter Dickinson's music is widely performed and recorded. Dickinson knew Berkeley from 1956 until the composer's death in 1989; performed many of the songs with his sister, the mezzo Meriel Dickinson; and has written and broadcast regularly about his music.
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This collection (...) is a major source of information concerning one of the most influential composers of the mid-twentieth century and the musicians he knew. DELIUS JOURNALThis is a fascinating and always interesting read - splendid for bedtime dipping and, thanks to the index, for research. Strongly recommended. ELGAR SOCIETY JOURNALOne doesn't need to be an admirer of Lennox Berkeley's music to appreciate the wisdom and insights which this most welcome collection of various writings has to offer. (...) Peter Dickinson is to be commended for bringing together this illuminating material. MUSICAL TIMESEvery page in this excellently edited, finely produced volume speaks of a composer who listened to his inner voice, turning a deaf ear to the blandishments of fame or fortune. ... (Berkeley) has been too often overlooked; Peter Dickinson's book will surely do much to remedy that. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE(Berkeley's writings reveal the same kindly, urbane and by no means undiscerning personality that is heard in his music. INTERNATIONAL PIANOThis valuable book reminds us that by keenly analysing limitations in other composers and himself without undue cruelty, Berkeley was more than the gentle and kindly soul whom all of the interviewees recall; he was also a most perceptive thinker about opera. OPERA(T)his is a handsome and welcome tribute to a composer who did not necessarily make a huge statement (...) As a publication and as a chronicle of a creative life, it could not be better achieved. GRAMOPHONE(P)rolific composer and well-loved man, Lennox Berkeley (...) remains an enigma to most of us even if we know little of his enormous output of songs, symphonies, ballets and spiritually inclined choral music. (...) (This) new collection of writings, letters and interviews, edited by his one-time pupil Peter Dickinson, offers an easily digested introduction to the composer and his milieu. SPECTATORAfter reading (this) new volume I feel I almost knew the man. (...) highly recommended. CLASSICAL.NETThis book is essential reading for all enthusiasts of 20th century music, and will be of tremendous value to all scholars of British music in particular and Western music in general. MUSIC.WEB.INTERNATIONAL (John France)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843837855
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction Peter Dickinson 1

Part I Reports from Paris, 1929-34 15

Part II Letters to Nadia Boulanger, 1929-74 45

Part III Selections from Berkeley's Later Writings and Talks, 1943-82 89

1 Britten and his String Quartet [no.I] (1943) 91

2 Modern French Ballent Music (1946) 93

3 British Music Today (1949) 97

4 Britten's Spring Symphony (1950) 105

5 Poulenc's Piano Concerto (1950) 108

6 Mr Lennox Berkeley on the Composer's Need to Hear his own Works (1959) 110

7 Gabriel Fauré (1962) 112

8 The Sound of Words (1962) 115

9 Concert-going in 1963 (1962) 117

10 Britten's Characters (1963) 119

11 Francis Poulenc: Obituary (1963) 121

12 Truth in Music (1966) 123

13 Lennox Berkeley Describes his Settings of the Magnificat (1968) 127

14 Lili Boulanger (1968) 130

15 Last Week's Broadcast Music [I] (1969) 132

16 Last Week's Broadcast Music [II] (1969) 134

17 Charles Burney's Tour (1970) 136

18 Lennox Berkeley Writes about Alan Rawsthorne (1971) 138

19 On Criticism (1972) 140

20 Berkeley as Song-writer (1973) 143

21 Maurice Ravel (1978) 145

22 Stravinsky: A Centenary Tribute (1982) 150

23 Bid the World Good-Night (1981) 152

Part IV Interviews with Berkeley, 1973-8 154

1 With Peter Dickinson, 1973 154

2 With C. B. Cox, Aland Young and Michael Schmidt, 1974 163

3 With Peter Dickinson, 1978 172

4 With Michael Oliver, 1978 176

Part V Extracts from Berkeley's Diaries, 1966-82 179

Part VI Interviews with Performers, Composers, Family and Friends, 1990-91 225

1 Performers Julian Bream Norman Del Mar Colin Horsley 225

2 Composers John Manduell Nicholas Maw Malcolm Williamson 243

3 Family Freda Berkeley Michael Berkeley 258

4 Friends Basil Douglas Desmond Shawe-Taylor 271

Part VII Memorial Address Sir John Manduell 281

Catalogue of Works 283

Bibliography 297

Index of Works by Berkeley 305

General Index 307

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