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Sensibility and English Song : Critical Studies of the Early Twentieth Century - Stephen Banfield

Sensibility and English Song

Critical Studies of the Early Twentieth Century

Paperback Published: 1st May 1989
ISBN: 9780521379441
Number Of Pages: 640

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This highly acclaimed study of English song is now available as a one-volume paperback.

The book is the first detailed study of an unusually fruitful interrelationship between English music and English poetry. The period covered is known as the English Musical Renaissance and runs from the last years of the nineteenth century to the second world war. Stephen Banfield traces the late flowering of Romantic impulses in solo song during these years, surveying it from critical, analytical and historical angles. He plots the growth of an English stylistic sensibility in song in the decades leading up to the first world war, discusses in detail the plateau it reached between the wars (particularly in the 1920s), and shows how and why it declined as other musical concerns took the field.

Poets whose verse was set to music most frequently, including Housman, Hardy, de la Mare and Yeats, are treated at length, as are pre-eminent song composers such as Butterworth, Finzi, Gurney, Ireland, Quilter, Somervell, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Warlock. There are chapters on the Georgian movement, the Celtic twilight, and the composers of the first world war. In all, more than 50 composers are discussed, and numerous individual songs, some as well known as 'Linden Lea' and 'Sea Fever' but also many others less easily accessible.

In the final section of the book, besides providing an extensive bibliography, Dr Banfield catalogues over 5,000 songs, giving dates of composition and publication and much other detail, listed by composer. The index refers the reader to these song lists by the names of the authors of the texts as well as by the names of their composers. This comprehensive survey willprove an invaluable reference guide to all students of the subject.

Industry Reviews

'... a major contribution towards an intelligent understanding of a vast and fascinating subject ... abounds in subtle insights ... Sensibility and English Song is, by any standards, a major achievement - an indispensable work of reference and revelation, as important to singers, concert promoters and (let us hope) record companies as it will be to scholars and all those interested in an amazingly rich seam of British musical genius.' Music & Letters 'This remarkable work will become as invaluable to teachers as to singers, composers, students, critics and all who delight in the art of song.' Music Teacher '... this study is unlikely to be surpassed in its ambitious comprehensiveness for a long while, and will remain a unique source of reference.' Classical Music

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Explanation of bibliographical system and song listsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
The growth of sensibility
The condition of English song in 1900p. 1
Reticent Victorians: Elgar, Parry, Stanford and Woodp. 15
Narrative song-cycle and dramatic scena: Somervell and Walford Daviesp. 42
Three post-Victorians: Hurlstone, Bridge and Vaughan Williamsp. 65
The Edwardian age (I)p. 88
The Edwardian age (II)p. 106
The first world war: its effect and its victimsp. 133
The lyrical impulse between the wars
Introduction: the uses of technique -- style and personal symbolism in John Irelandp. 159
The music of Ivor Gurneyp. 179
Georgian poetry and Georgian musicp. 208
Housman and the composers: documentation and evaluationp. 233
The Celtic twilightp. 248
Time and destiny: the Hardy songs of Gerald Finzip. 275
The uses and abuses of techniquep. 301
Postscript: The pursuit of detachment
Sensibility in decline: The Joyce Book as swansongp. 319
Rethinking the accompanimentp. 324
Spiritual pursuits: the later Vaughan Williams, Rubbra and Holstp. 328
Tincture of modernism: the later Bridge, Goossens and othersp. 340
Escape into Warlockp. 356
Rethinking the voice (I): Bliss, Walton, Berners and the breaking of the imagep. 363
Rethinking the voice (II): Britten and his periodp. 382
The story of The Joyce Bookp. 397
C. W. Orr on Housman settingsp. 399
On interpreting Housmanp. 400
Bibliographyp. 531
Indexp. 543
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ISBN: 9780521379441
ISBN-10: 052137944X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 19.15  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 1.11

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