By Leo Black

ISBN-10: 1843833557

ISBN-13: 9781843833550

The song of Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) has been unjustly overlooked - arguably simply because its wide-ranging nature makes it tough to classify. he's possibly top often called a symphonist; his 11 symphonies coated a interval of musical and political upheaval (1934 - 1980), the 1st 4 reflecting the uneasy later Nineteen Thirties, with a moment worldwide clash not avoidable. The immediately-post-war ones rfile new emotional depths and his conversion, whereas the ultimate symphonies exhibit a guy nonetheless looking for peace and reconciliation, ignored by way of the realm yet definite he was once at the correct course. Leo Black, a scholar of Rubbra at Oxford within the Nineteen Fifties, right here offers a sympathetic full-scale research of those works (the first for a few fifteen years). A succinct biographical comic strip throws mild on legends concerning the BBC and Rubbra; there are complete programme notes on each one symphony, with shorter debts of significant non-symphonic works, specifically a 'triptych' of concertos from the Nineteen Fifties and significant liturgical items composed round the time of the second one Vatican Council, after Rubbra's conversion to Catholicism. He additionally bargains with the vexed query of Rubbra's mysticism.

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In the brief interregnum between ‘Moderato assai’ and ‘Primo tempo’ there is just time for a glimpse of a more flowing melody and then a rather gawky outline of a scherzo. If any 34â•… Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist Rubbra works deserve to engage the loyalty of the ‘cow-pat’ apologists, these last two do. Rubbra might have agreed, for in his interview with Murray Schafer three decades later he said his ‘first work of value’ was not written until he was thirty. â•‹31, completed the following year) must have been what he had in mind.

In the brief interregnum between ‘Moderato assai’ and ‘Primo tempo’ there is just time for a glimpse of a more flowing melody and then a rather gawky outline of a scherzo. If any 34â•… Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist Rubbra works deserve to engage the loyalty of the ‘cow-pat’ apologists, these last two do. Rubbra might have agreed, for in his interview with Murray Schafer three decades later he said his ‘first work of value’ was not written until he was thirty. â•‹31, completed the following year) must have been what he had in mind.

He supported himself by schoolteaching, by accompanying ballet-dancers and others, and by music-reviewing for both the Monthly Musical Record and a BBC weekly, The Listener, so that a great deal of new music came his way. The impression he made at the time was recalled thirty years later in an anonymous profile in the Sunday Times’s ‘Portrait Gallery’ of 6 October 1957, occasioned by the London première of his Seventh Symphony and first performance of his Festival Gloria. The writer recalled him ‘beardless and sandalled … with his mop of blonde hair and opennecked shirt at all London’s concert-rooms’↜.

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