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Thomas Wilson: Introit - Towards the Light

Thomas Wilson: Introit - Towards the Light [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Wilson , David Griffith
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    Born in the United States and raised in Scotland, Thomas Wilson rose from modest beginnings to a position of international recognition as one of the leading composers to come from Britain in the latter half of the twentieth century. From his earliest years music was central to his life.

    Tom not only wanted to be a composer, he said that he had to be one. There was an inner compulsion – he felt as if he had no choice in the matter. Composition was something that gave him great satisfacation. He said that when it went right there was no feeling like it in the world. Tom believed that
    it was the composer’s duty to continually stretch his horizons since the process of composition did not stop with putting notes on paper. For him music was an act of communication, and no work was truly realised until it had reached an audience through performance.

    The story of Wilson’s life as a composer and a man is told by his wife Margaret, who was with him day by day throughout his career. She shared the early years of privation as Wilson strove to develop his unique voice and was also able to share in his later success that included important commissions and prestigious awards. She knew Thomas Wilson as no other person could, and the story she tells concerns a marriage as well as a musical career.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars John Wallace reviews Introit: Towards the Light 4 July 2012

    As I sat down to write this review, in the summer of 2012, two renowned critics in the Herald and the Scotsman respectively had just written glowing accounts of a performance by Csengele Quartet - featuring two students who are about to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - who had featured Thomas Wilson's Fourth String Quartet in their concert programme:

    Extract from Herald review by Michael Tumelty
    "Actually, it's the thought that counts. It's all very well to be a wizard on your instrument, but if there's no brainwork behind it, the music will just sprawl. And brainwork was everywhere in the Csengele's performance ...... - with such acuity - in Thomas Wilson's Fourth String Quartet, that every rhythmic quiver and expressive sigh in the music seemed hyper-alert."
    Extract from Scotsman review of same performance
    "First up was the Fourth String Quartet by Glasgow composer Thomas Wilson (who died in 2001) and it's difficult to imagine a piece that packs more incident and drama into a single 20-minute movement. The Csengele players rose to it all well, in a vivid, confidently paced performance in which everyone got the chance to shine - violist Christine Anderson in particular made her mark in some assertive playing early on. All four clearly relished the piece's striking mix of unashamed modernism and heart-on-sleeve emotion, and although there were a few rough edges, they only added to the immediacy of the performance. Gripping stuff."

    and I immediately thought "Thomas Wilson's time has come".
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Wilson's world of music 6 Feb 2012
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    Reading this biography has given me a greater insight into Tom Wilson's world of music. Prior to reading this book my main interest was in his guitar music, but the doors that have opened on the rest of his life and work have been a journey of delight and discovery. This book is not written solely for musicians but will appeal to everyone with an interest in the life of one of Scotland's greatest composers.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 20 Feb 2013
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    Thomas Wilson was a Scottish composer, highly respected in the UK but never reaching the heights of popularity in the rest of the world. His music is modern but soulful, always meticulously constructed and well-crafted, with moments of real genius. This biography is written largely from the viewpoint of his wife, Margaret, so it's a genuine look at a very interesting man who both shaped and was shaped by music. This is was very worthwhile reading and an opportunity to learn about a composer the world should give another look.
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