The turn of the 20th century was a time of great change in Britain. The empire saw its global influence waning and its traditional social structures challenged. There was a growing weariness of industrialism and a desire to rediscover tradition and the roots of English heritage. A new interest in English folk song and dance inspired art music, which many believed was seeing a renaissance after a period of stagnation since the 18th century.
This book focuses on the lives of seven composersRalph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Ernest Moeran, George Butterworth, Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock), Gerald Finzi and Percy Graingerwhose work was influenced by folk songs and early music. Each chapter provides an historical background and tells the fascinating story of a musical life.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Tim Rayborn is a historian, medievalist, and musician, with a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England. He writes on history and on the arts, and lives in Berkeley, California.
Table of Contents
Foreword Em Marshall-Luck 1
1 English Music from the Later 19th Century: A Renaissance and a Revival 11
2 The Revival of Folk and Early Traditions 39
3 Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 60
4 Gustav Hoist (1874-1934) 90
5 George Butterworth (1885-1916) 112
6 Ernest J. Moeran (1894-1950) 130
7 Philip Heseltine / Peter Warlock (1894-1930) 149
8 Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) 169
9 Percy Grainger (1882-1961) 190
Appendix A A.E. Housman (1889-1936) 221
Appendix B Online Resources-Societies and Other Organizations 223
Chapter Notes 227