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Imogen Holst: A Life in Music : Revised Edition - Christopher Grogan

Imogen Holst: A Life in Music

Revised Edition

By: Christopher Grogan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st October 2010
ISBN: 9781843835998
Number Of Pages: 522

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Imogen Holst was one of the most wideranging and highly regarded of musicians. Popular with all who knew her, she was intensely protective of her inner life, reminding one friend of a `locked door of which she had thrown away the key'.

Imogen Holst: A Life in Music uses a wealth of newly discovered material to explore the complexities and contradictions of her life and career, drawing on her own writings - ranging from heartfelt early poetry, through correspondence, to a series of journals that maintain a colourful record of her travels and achievements. Most revealing of these is the daily journal that she kept at the start of her working association with Britten, a document that provides a unique insight both into her own thoughts, and into the professional and domestic life of a major composer.

Extensively revised with new material, the book also includes a study of Imogen Holst's music and a chronological list of her works, revealing her as a composer of tremendous talent, whose music deserves to be much more familiar.

This magnificent centenary volume... (miraculously edited to [Imogen Holst's] own high standards] ... documents a lifetime's pioneering achievement... A compelling portrait emerges of a single-minded and uniquely talented woman. Gramophone

An encounter with a true original... Grogan has put together an excellent critical biography. TLS

Excellently written ... a successful, lively portrait of an important personality in 20th century British musical life. Die Musikforschung

Industry Reviews

This magnificent centenary volume...(miraculously edited to her own high standards)...documents a lifetime's pioneering achievement...A compelling portrait emerges of a single minded and uniquely talented woman. GRAMOPHONE [Geraint Lewis] An encounter with a true original...Grogan has put together an excellent critical biography. TLS This book - available at a remarkably reasonable price given the quality of its production...is a wonderful centenary tribute to a fascinating and often underappreciated figure. BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY NEWS Excellently written...a successful, lively portrait of an important personality in C20th British musical life. DIE MUSIKFORSCHUNG

List of illustrationsp. viii
Forewordp. xi
Preface to the Revised Editionp. xiii
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
List of abbreviationsp. xxi
A note about namesp. xxi
Notes on contributorsp. xxii
'She do favour 'er Pa': Infancy and early schooldays, 1907-20p. 2
'Corn-coloured pigtails and very blue eyes': St Paul's Girls' School, 1921-6p. 16
'To be best when all are good': The Royal College of Music, 1926-30p. 41
'Wandering about Europe', 1930-31p. 78
'Life is not going to be too easy for you': London and elsewhere, 1931-8p. 96
'A present from the Government': Travelling with CEMA, 1939-42p. 126
'A wonderful opportunity': Dartington, 1942-50p. 138
'She is quite brilliant': India to Aldeburgh, 1950-52p. 158
'The excitement of working with Ben': an introduction to the Aldeburgh Diaryp. 174
Aldeburgh Diary, September 1952-March 1954p. 185
'The thing that one wants to do most in the whole worldÆ, 1955-64p. 338
'The joy of learning about Holst via BrittenÆ, 1964-76p. 375
'Old age - Protest against disintegration - Gradual calming down û AcceptanceÆ, 1977-84p. 414
The Music of Imogen Holst
'A real composer': an introduction to Imogen Holst's musical stylep. 434
Chronological list of worksp. 450
Christopher Tinker & Rosamund Strode, revised and updated by Christopher Grogan
Bibliographyp. 463
Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9781843835998
ISBN-10: 1843835991
Series: Aldeburgh Studies in Music
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 522
Published: 21st October 2010
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Type: Revised