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Roger Quilter : his life and music

Author: Valerie Langfield
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Music : Biography   Sound Recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The songs of Roger Quilter are a staple of the English artsong repertoire, yet little is known of his life, and his popularity suffered an eclipse in postwar years largely through changing musical fashions. Championed by the great English tenor Gervase Elwes, Quilter became famous for songs such as 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal', 'Love's Philosophy' and 'Go, Lovely Rose'. The BBC included A Children's Overture in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Compact disks
Named Person: Roger Quilter; Roger Quilter; Roger Quilter; Roger Quilter; Roger Quilter
Material Type: Biography, Music, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Langfield
ISBN: 0851158714 9780851158716
OCLC Number: 48979946
Description: xviii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Family background and Frankfurt, to 1901 --
From the Crystal Palace to Where the rainbow ends (1901-1911) --
Inheritance, Montagu Street and the First World War (1911-1919) --
Friends and relations (1919-1929) --
Julia, Acacia Road, and the coming of war (1929-1939) --
The last years (1939-1953) --
Songs and choral works --
Where the rainbow ends : the story of a journey --
Light music, genre pieces, and the miniaturist --
The opera : The Blue Boar, Julia, Love at the inn, etc.
Responsibility: Valerie Langfield.

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Draws upon unpublished sources and interviews with those who knew him to give a full picture of Roger Quilter's artistic world and musical output.  Read more...

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