By Stephen Town
The rehabilitation of British song started with Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford. Ralph Vaughan Williams assisted in its emancipation from continental versions, whereas Gerald Finzi, Edmund Rubbra and George Dyson flourished in its independence. Stephen Town's survey of Choral song of the English Musical Renaissance is rooted in shut exam of chosen works from those composers. city collates the tremendous secondary literature on those composers, and brings to endure his personal examine of the autograph manuscripts. The latter shape an unprecedented checklist of compositional approach 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 assets permits city to spot for the 1st time circumstances of similarity and imitation, continuities and connections among the works.
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41 Having written that, it is true that Parry was happier at Knight’s Croft, Rustington, where he could indulge in swimming and yachting, and at Shulbrede Priory, the home of his daughter. To return to Banfield’s evaluation: “When [Parry] went to Eton his circumscribed environment was violently counteracted. A hearty side to his character developed, perhaps a defence necessary in a school at that time completely unmusical, but never to be shaken off. ” Furthermore, “at Exeter College, Oxford, he fooled around in innumerable immature undergraduate pranks, drank and danced a lot, studied little, and went to the theatre not at all.
Awake, ye that love folly! Folly is no making for the life of man. Awake, ye that heed not man’s worth, And laugh to see him faint and fall! Awake ye that mock at the right, Ye counsellors of corruption! Ye cannot stay the Sun. The Spirit of the Vision and The Voices Where faith is there is strength! Where truth is there is joy! Where trust is there is love, Where love is there is heaven! The Voices Onwards! Onwards and upwards The path hath ever been; Onwards! Onwards and Sunwards! 31 32 An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson The traveller’s way will be!
1 (Aldershot, 1999). These are but a few; the list is exceeding long and formidable. Jeremy Dibble, C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (Oxford, 1992); Bernard 6 Benoliel, Parry before Jerusalem: Studies of His Life and Music (Aldershot, 1997); Anthony Boden, The Parrys of the Golden Vale: Background to Genius (London, 1998); Michael Allis, Parry’s Creative Process (Aldershot, 2003). 7 Dibble, Parry, p. viii. 8 Ibid. 9 Benoliel, p. ix. , p. x. , p. 23. , p. 13. , p. 65. , p. 70. , p. 121. As Graves wrote: “From the age of twenty-three to that of seventy his religious opinions underwent no substantial change, but he learned to curb his tongue, and this increased consideration for the feelings of others led to a certain misconception of his attitude.
An Imperishable Heritage: British Choral Music from Parry to Dyson; a Study of Selected Works by Stephen Town