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Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician [Hardcover]

Jeremy Dibble
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7 Nov 2002
Charles Villiers Stanford is invariably remembered as the teacher of many of Britain's first generation of twentieth-century composers, and as the author of many much-loved works for the Anglican liturgy. He was, however, a composers fo great diversity and vision. A symphonist, songwriter, and composer of the Requiem, the Stabat Mater, the memorable, Songs of the Sea, Songs of the Fleet, and the haunting setting of Mary Coleridge's 'The Blue Bird', he aspired most of all to be a successful operatic composer though in this province of composition his fortunes were plagued by disappointment and neglect. More cosmopolitan in outlook than his contemporary, Parry, he was driven by ambition and a sense of mission to advance the cause of British music not only as a composer but as a university professor, practical musician, and public proselyte. Pre-eminent in the 1880s and 90s, he was eclipsed by Elgar during the Edwardian years. Resentment, fuelled by the hurt of Elgar's inaugural Birmingham lecture, served to accentuate an innate irascibility and truculence which blighted his friendships and professional life. Nevertheless, Stanford must be recognised as one of the most natural musical talents Britain has ever produced, which is evident in the extraordinary breadth of his creative output, which, on closer acquaintance, reveals a fecund originality shaped by classical equipoise and fertile melodic gift.

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  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198163835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198163831
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 16.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dibble's writing has genteel passion, and a craftmanship apt for a subject who placed such value on traditional compositional craft. (Music & Letters)

... does Stanford proud. (Times Literary Supplement)

Stanford emerges triumphant from this massively detailed and gracefully written biography ... Jeremy Dibble has written a book which adds substantially to Stanford's reputation and which greatly enriches both British and Irish musical scholarship. It is brilliantly done. (Irish Times)

Dibble's unnerving and brilliant biography. (Irish Times)

... excellent ... enthusiastically researched, carefully weighed. (Church Times)

Dibble has cleverly inserted very adequate descriptions of the music into his biographical narrative. (Times Higher Education Supplement)

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Professor Jeremy Dibble has been Lecturer in Music at both University College, Cork, Ireland and University of Durham as well as Head of Music Department, University of Durham. He is presently Reader of Music, University of Durham. Professor Dibble has written widely on British music of the Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian eras, has written articles for numerous periodicals, journals, and dictionaries, and has acted as editorial consultant on the music of Parry and Stanford for various recording companies, including Hyperion, Conifer, Priory, and Nimbus, as well as the BBC.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read for all! 16 Sep 2004
Dibble explores the entire life of Stanford both musically and personally. It looks in great depth and often answers the questions that students like myself often have. It looks in depth at his relationship with others such as Parry (whom Dibble has also written a biography on) , Grove (of the Dictionary of music and musicians) and his salaried work (CUMS / RCM / Trinity College).This is a fantastic resource for anyone with a mild interest in this area of music to someone writing their dissertation on Stanford. The references are informative and believable (hidden away at the foot of each page thus making it an enjoyable read for non academics). Oh and it tells you what the music is really like!.
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