Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

New book on Bantock’s letters by Professor Michael Allis

December 12th, 2017

Professor Michael Allis’s latest book reproduces the letters of the British composer Granville Bantock (1868-1946) to his great friend, the Scottish composer William Wallace (1860-1940), and to the music critic Ernest Newman (1868-1959), together with contextual commentary and a 20,000-word introduction.

The letters highlight Bantock’s and Wallace’s development of the modern British symphonic poem, their contribution (with Newman) to music criticism and journalism, and their attempts to promote a young generation of British composers – revealing a frustration with the British musical establishment. Confirming the impact of visits to Britain by Richard Strauss and Sibelius, Bantock offers opinions on a range of composers, identifies Elgar and Delius as the future for English music, highlights writers such as Maeterlinck and Conrad, and provides fascinating details of the musical culture of London, Liverpool and Birmingham around the turn of the twentieth century.

The book is published by The Boydell Press and can be purchased at a 25% discount until the end of December 2020 using code BB125 at the checkout.

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