The British Piano Sonata, 1870-1945

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Boydell Press, 2001 - Music - 252 pages
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From the English Musical Renaissance until World War II, this book considers the way in which British composers in 'The Land Without Music' took an established Austro-German form as a starting point. Influences from late romantic music, French impressionism, Russian nationalism, Scriabin, British folk music, African-American music and neo-classicism were all synthesized during this period. However, the Austro-German tradition was ultimately to prove inescapable. The book contains interesting and unique interviews, including one with Sir Michael Tippett. These are particularly significant, as most of the interviewees have since passed away. Also included is a useful reference section, cataloguing the sonatas, as well as a full discography chronicling the recording history of each sonata. The plentiful music examples enable the reader to appreciate the main points discussed. This is vital, as many of the sonatas are either unpublished or are currently out of print. This is the first book to be published on the subject, and should therefore appeal to both pianists and enthusiasts in British music alike. Dr LISA HARDY studied music, mathematics and education at the University of Keele from 1988-92. From 1992-6 she researched her PhD, "The Development of the British Piano Sonata, 1870-1945" (on which this book is based) at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. She works as a freelance piano and flute teacher and accompanist in Corbridge, Northumberland.

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