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Titel: Imogen Holst: A Life in Music (Aldeburgh ...
Verlag: The Boydell Press 2007
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
Almost as new first edition hardback. Fine in near fine dust jacket with some very light edge wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A105469
Inhaltsangabe: Imogen Holst (1907-1984), the only child of Gustav Holst, was a composer and arranger of folksongs, writer on music, conductor, and administrator. She also acted as music assistant to Benjamin Britten, of whom she became a friend and close associate. She subsequently continued as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival until 1977, when she retired to devote more time to preparing a thematic catalogue of her father's music. This book offers the opportunity for a full assessment of Imogen Holst's life and achievements, both in her own words and through assessments by noted scholars. The backbone of this volume is the journal she kept at the start of her working association with Britten, from 1952 to 1954. Here she provides a unique insight into the professional and domestic life of a major composer, now published in full for the first time. Around these writings is woven a biographical narrative by Christopher Grogan and Rosamund Strode, the latter Holst's successor as Britten's music assistant and one of her closest colleagues and friends. The volume also includes an essay on her musical style and a complete catalogue of works, and an essay on her musical style by Christopher Tinker. CHRISTOPHER GROGAN is Librarian at the Britten-Pears Library.
Rezension: Substantial and lavishly illustrated. (...) The biography provides a wealth of new information, while deepening the reader's understanding of Imogen's complex personality. MUSIC AND LETTERS 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. TLSThis 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 NEWSExcellently written...a successful, lively portrait of an important personality in C20th British musical life. DIE MUSIKFORSCHUNG
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