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Peter Warlock : the composer

Author: Brian Collins
Publisher: Aldershot, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Ashgate Pub. Co., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Peter Warlock is one of several pseudonyms adopted by the critic, researcher, editor and composer, Philip Heseltine (1894-1930). Previous studies of Warlock have been almost exclusively biographical, using the pseudonyms as evidence of a split personality and applying this and other controversial aspects of his colourful life-style to an evaluation of his music. Brian Collins's refreshing new analysis of Warlock's
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Collins, Brian, 1948-
Peter Warlock.
Aldershot, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Ashgate Pub. Co., ©1996
(OCoLC)639366048
Named Person: Peter Warlock; Peter Warlock; Peter Warlock; Peter Warlock; Peter Warlock
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Collins
ISBN: 1859282164 9781859282168
OCLC Number: 34705031
Description: xi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Contexts --
The earliest compositions --
New beginnings --
The curlew: a portrait of the artist --
Experiment and consolidation (1) The Winthrop Rogers songs --
Experiment and consolidation (2) The early choral songs --
Experiment and consolidation (3) Three more songs --
Delius revisited and Warlock rediscovered --
Rum, beer, good ale and other frolics --
Refinements --
The way forward (1) Lillygay --
The way forward (2) Candlelight and Jenny Gray --
Three pseudonyms (1) Amorous and pastoral --
Three pseudonyms (2) Rumbustious and hedonistic --
Three pseudonyms (3) Metaphysical and introspective --
Capriol and some conclusions.
Responsibility: Brian Collins.

Abstract:

Peter Warlock is one of several pseudonyms adopted by the critic, researcher, editor and composer, Philip Heseltine (1894-1930). Previous studies of Warlock have been almost exclusively biographical, using the pseudonyms as evidence of a split personality and applying this and other controversial aspects of his colourful life-style to an evaluation of his music. Brian Collins's refreshing new analysis of Warlock's output shows such approaches as often misleading. Focusing on key elements of Warlock's compositional techniques, such as his preoccupation with chordal material, Collins demonstrates that the early songs, often tonally adventurous and heavily influenced by Delius and van Dieren, are natural precursors to the more familiar later style. This later style is more suited to the contemplative and philosophical songs that, many may be interested to learn, make up the majority of his output.

Nevertheless, Warlock has been criticized for writing what Gerald Cockshott called 'all those songs about beer'; in analysing his choice of subject matter and the respect he accorded to the natural stresses of the texts he used, this book offers more penetrating insights into the composer's motivations and achievements. As such it is vital reading for those concerned with the evolution of British music in the early part of this century.

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