By Stephen Town
The rehabilitation of British tune started with Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford. Ralph Vaughan Williams assisted in its emancipation from continental types, whereas Gerald Finzi, Edmund Rubbra and George Dyson flourished in its independence. Stephen Town's survey of Choral track of the English Musical Renaissance is rooted in shut exam of chosen works from those composers. city collates the monstrous secondary literature on those composers, and brings to endure his personal research of the autograph manuscripts. The latter shape an extraordinary checklist of compositional procedure and shed new gentle at the compositions as they've got come all the way down to us of their released and recorded shape. This shut examine of the resources permits city to spot for the 1st time cases of similarity and imitation, continuities and connections among the works.
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Extra resources for An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson; a Study of Selected Works
Concerning the Hubert Parry and The Vision of Life Reconsidered 13 original ending, specifically, none of the verso sides have been used (excepting f. 125v, which includes Parry’s name and mailing address in London). The calligraphy is large, bold, and unlike the small, neat penmanship one encounters in Parry’s diaries, lectures, and letters. As a result, the manuscript is rather untidy. ). Folio 7 is omitted from the autograph; thus, in the published vocal score, the music is missing from five measures after rehearsal number 6 (p.
130. Stephen Banfield, Gerald Finzi: An English Composer (London, 1997); Diana McVeagh, Gerald Finzi: His Life and Music (Woodbridge, 2005); Leo Black, Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist (Woodbridge, 2008); Ralph Scott Grover, The Music of Edmund Rubbra (Aldershot, 1993), Jeremy Dibble, Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician (Oxford, 2002); Paul Rodmell, Charles Villiers Stanford (Aldershot, 2002). ), Vaughan Williams Studies (Cambridge, 1996); Byron Adams and Robin Wells (eds), Vaughan Williams Essays (Aldershot, 2003).
Autograph Manuscripts and the Revised Ending The creative process of any composer is always to a certain extent shrouded in mystery. Even the composer himself will not fully understand the psychological processes by which ideas occur to him, nor remember afterwards exactly how he put a piece of music together. … any attempt to present a complete picture of his compositional activity must be doomed. Nevertheless more than enough relevant documents survive for us to be able to gain considerable insight on the subject.
An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson; a Study of Selected Works by Stephen Town