Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 09:27:43 AM
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Quote from: JoshLilly on April 16, 2007, 10:47:01 AMNot "Sir"? He should go spit on a sidewalk, or tie his shoes, or open a car door by himself... and go ahead and get his Knighthood for it.
Quote from: Dundonnell on December 30, 2008, 03:02:41 PMToo late for Alwyn and Rubbra now, sadly.Some far less talented composers than they got a knighthood!
Quote from: vandermolen on December 30, 2008, 03:15:01 PMWho do you have in mind Colin?
Quote from: Dundonnell on December 30, 2008, 03:26:38 PMAh.........nasty!If you really force me.....Richard Rodney Bennett, John Tavener. I don't even happen to think-and it is only a purely personal opinion of course-that Lennox Berkeley was any better a composer than Alwyn or Rubbra. Malcolm Arnold? I think that he probably did deserve his 'gong'. I refuse-point blank-to make any comments whatsoever about Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Quote from: Dundonnell on January 12, 2009, 01:31:49 PMThere is a new biography of Alwyn which was well reviewed-http://www.boydell.co.uk/4383412X.HTMI am tempted by it but I find biographies of composers usually somewhat frustrating. They either tell one a lot about the composer's life but leave one dissatisfied by the incomplete coverage of his music or concentrate on technical descriptions of the music(which are sometimes over my head) and leave the man himself as a shadowy character.The two I bought recently are a bit like that. Peter Dickinson's book on Lennox Berkeley is excellent in many ways but practically ignores some of the music(the early Cello Concerto, the Flute Concerto, the 4th Symphony). Leo Black's book on Rubbra has superb analyses of the symphonies but I would have liked more about Rubbra the man.
Quote from: vandermolen on January 13, 2009, 03:39:44 AMI am tempted by the biography (and thanks Colin for alerting me to it), not least to read about 'the major crisis in Alwyn's life'. but not at £60. i agree with what you say about composer biographies. Honegger's 'I am a composer' which I am currently reading says very little about his life outside music, which I find frustrating. One of the best was 'A Heart at Fire's Center' about Bernard Herrmann.
Quote from: Dundonnell on January 13, 2009, 06:33:46 AM£30, Jeffrey(60 US Dollars)
Quote from: MDL on January 14, 2009, 03:15:52 AMI've never heard any Alwyn, but I'd be curious to dip my toe. On holiday in China in 2002, I spent two weeks or so in the company of Alwyn's son from his first marriage, but we didn't talk much about his dad.
Quote from: vandermolen on January 14, 2009, 02:32:20 AMOh! thanks Colin but will refrain for the moment having splurged out recently on CDs of music by Alan Bush, Leon Orthel, Simeon Ten Holt and pre-ordered Goossens Symphony No 1 on Chandos. Maybe I'll see if the library will order a copy of the Alwyn biography.
Quote from: Lilas Pastia on January 19, 2009, 06:09:01 PMHello, Jeffrey . Do you know Vernon Handley's account of the Goossens symphony? It's on ABC and quite a good account IMO (although I can't compare it to any other ). What will the Chandos be coupled with ?
Quote from: Lilas Pastia on January 20, 2009, 08:22:28 PMKeep us posted, then !
Quote from: vandermolen on December 30, 2008, 01:26:16 PMHave been listening to Symphony No 2; my favourite (and Alwyn's) of the cycle. It is a rather sibelian score but oddly moving in a characteristically understated British way (Lloyd-Jones recording on Naxos). Alwyn is one of my favourite British composers. I must investigate SQ No 2 from the recommendations here.
Quote from: Mirror Image on June 30, 2010, 06:27:09 PMI like his Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 the best. Of his other works, I love "Lyra Angelica," "Pastoral Fantasia," "Elizabethan Dances," all of his concerti, especially "Oboe Concerto" and "Violin Concerto." A truly great composer with a lyrical gift for music.
Quote from: Mirror Image on June 30, 2010, 06:20:38 PMWilliam Alwyn is one of my favorite English composers. His music is so melodic and rhythmically enticing. Unfortunately, I do not own that much of his music. All I own is the Richard Hickox series, when they were released individually (7 recordings in all). This also includes the film music disc with "Odd Man Out," which is one of the great scores in film music.
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