The British Piano Sonata, 1870-1945

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From the start of the English musical renaissance, British composers were preoccupied with Germanic principles of sonata writing, despite their subsequent exposure to influences outside this tradition, among them late romantic music, French impressionism, Russian nationalism, Scriabin, British folk music, African-American music and neo-classicism. Regardless of education - or the climate, fully explored here, at the Royal College and the Royal Academy - the Austro-German tradition proved inescapable. This first ...
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Overview

From the start of the English musical renaissance, British composers were preoccupied with Germanic principles of sonata writing, despite their subsequent exposure to influences outside this tradition, among them late romantic music, French impressionism, Russian nationalism, Scriabin, British folk music, African-American music and neo-classicism. Regardless of education - or the climate, fully explored here, at the Royal College and the Royal Academy - the Austro-German tradition proved inescapable. This first study of the subject offers detailed commentary on key works, with plentiful musical examples, revealing influences and techniques and demonstrating composers' attitudes towards the genre. The reception history of the piano sonata is also discussed, to build up a picture of public musical taste. The appendix contains transcripts of interviews, including one with Sir Michael Tippett; these are particularly significant, as most of the subjects are now dead. Also included is a useful reference section, cataloguing the sonatas, as well as a full discography chronicling the recording history of each sonata, updated in 2012. Lisa Hardy studied music, mathematics and education at the University of Keele and researched her PhD at Goldsmiths' College, London, under the supervision of Professor Peter Dickinson. She works as a freelance piano and flute teacher and piano accompanist in the North East of England and teaches music at Durham High School for Girls.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843837985
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of musical examples and acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: the English Musical Renaissance 1
1 The Piano Sonatas 1870-1890 9
William Sterndale Bennett 9
George Alexander Macfarren 11
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 14
Charles Villiers Stanford 23
Ethel Smyth 25
Edward German 29
2 The Piano Sonatas 1890-1910 33
Algernon Ashton 33
A comparison between the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music 35
John McEwen 36
William Yeates Hurlstone 39
Benjamin Dale 42
York Bowen 48
Dorothy Howell 52
Leo Livens 52
Cyril Scott 53
3 Piano Sonatas by Bax, Ireland, Baines, Bush and Britten 69
Arnold Bax 69
John Ireland 84
William Baines 91
Alan Bush 93
Benjamin Britten 96
4 Piano Sonatas by Sorabji and Bridge 101
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji 101
Frank Bridge 113
5 The African-American Influence 127
African-American influences in Britain 127
Constant Lambert 129
Sir Michael Tippett 140
6 Observations Drawn from Selected Sonatas 1930-1945 159
Howard Ferguson 160
Malcolm Arnold 163
Antony Hopkins 164
Arnold Cooke 166
Lennox Berkeley 168
Conclusions 171
App. 1: Interview transcriptions 175
App. 2 Catalogue of Piano Sonatas 1870-1945 214
App. 3: Discography 223
Bibliography 229
Index 243
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