The Symphonic Poem in Britain, 1850-1950 [Hardback]

Michael Allis(Editor); Paul Watt(Editor); Anne-Marie Forbes(Contributor); Barbara L. Kelly(Contributor); Benedict Taylor(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781783275281 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Music in Britain, 1600-2000 | Volume: 26 | Year of Publication: 2020 | 387p, H9.25 x W6.25, 2 b/w. 69 line.
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The Symphonic Poem in Britain, 1850-1950


The Symphonic Poem in Britain 1850-1950 aims to raise the status of the genre generally and in Britain specifically. The volume reaffirms British composers' confidence in dealing with literary texts and takes advantage of the contributors' interdisciplinary expertise by situating discussions of the tone poem in Britain in a variety of historical, analytical and cultural contexts.
This book highlights some of the continental models that influenced British composers, and identifies a range of issues related to perceptions of the genre. Richard Strauss became an important figure in Britain during this time, not only in terms of the clear impact of his tone poems, but the debates over their value and even their ethics. A focus on French orchestral music in Britain represents a welcome addition to scholarly debate, and links to issues in several other chapters.
The historical development of the genre, the impact of compositional models, issues highlighted in critical reception as well as programming strategies all contribute to a richer understanding of the symphonic poem in Britain. Works by British composers discussed in more detail include William Wallace's Villon (1909), Gustav Holst's Beni Mora(1909-10), Hubert Parry's From Death to Life (1914), John Ireland's Mai-Dun (1921), and Frank Bridge's orchestral 'poems' (1903-15).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Michael Allis and Paul Watt
Narrative and Formal Plasticity in the British Symphonic Poem, 1850-1950 - Jeremy Dibble
The Symphonic Poem and British Music Criticism - Paul Watt
Richard Strauss's Tone Poems in Britain, 1890-1950 - David Larkin
French Connections: Debussy and Ravel's Orchestral Music in Britain from Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune to Boléro - Barbara L. Kelly
The Rise of the Symphonic Poem in Glasgow, 1879-1916: A Documentary History - Anne-Marie Forbes and Heather Monkhouse
'A curious intricate work of the modern, but not theultra-modern, school': William Wallace's Villon - Michael Allis
Gustav Holst's Beni Mora and the Orientalist Imagination - Christopher Scheer
Symphonic Poetry, 1914: Parry's From Death To Life - Benedict Taylor
John Ireland's Mai-Dun: Composite Influences - Fiona Richards
Frank Bridge: Poems of Re-enchantment - Jonathan Clinch

Reviews & Quotes

"[A] landmark contribution to both symphonic poem and broader British music areas of study. Every single chapter within presents important research and offers keen insights into its corresponding topic. This is all the work of skilled and experienced scholars, and it shows. . . . In the likely event that any other scholarship relating to the symphonic poem in Britain is to be published, it will almost certainly owe something to this fantastic collection."
Ryan Ross
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