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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography of a much undervalued composer
C H H Parry remains sadly neglected, overshadowed perhaps by better-known contemporaries and successors such as Elgar and Vaughan-Williams. Chandos have done much to make his music available to a wider audience and much more of his work is now on disc than even 20 years ago.

This excellent book by Jeremy Dibble likewise fills a gap for those who want to know...
Published on 18 May 2006 by Paul Dalheim

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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but heavy going!
This is a well informed and very dsetailed biography of an amazingly active and varied personality in the Renaisance of English music. Probably the most influential person of his time, and responsible for the turning around of British Music. However, I found the detailed analisys of the music somewhat tedious and the use of strange and pretentious language styles, and...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography of a much undervalued composer, 18 May 2006
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Paul Dalheim (Beverley UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (Paperback)
C H H Parry remains sadly neglected, overshadowed perhaps by better-known contemporaries and successors such as Elgar and Vaughan-Williams. Chandos have done much to make his music available to a wider audience and much more of his work is now on disc than even 20 years ago.

This excellent book by Jeremy Dibble likewise fills a gap for those who want to know more about this scholar, teacher and composer who had so great an influence on the English musical renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and who as a teacher came into contact with so many of the next generation of composers.

The book is meticulously researched and presents a detailed and interesting survey of the man and his music. Dibble's style is very readable and creates a picture of a lovable and kindly man, beloved of his students and respected for his integrity by his colleagues and contemporaries. Both the joys and the trials of Parry's life are related: not only does the work educate, it is also in places very moving.

As one who has a great fondness for the music of Parry I found that the book further enhanced my listening pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary life and music brought alive, 5 Mar 2012
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This is an excellent biography, I second everything the other reviewer has said.

When Parry was born English music was in the doldrums, no significant composer since Thomas Arne 70 years before. As a result of his example as a teacher and composer how different were things by 1900.

Parry's output was large and mixed in quality, he too struggled with the Victorian demand for the annual Oratorio, but from 1880 onwards there are steady flow of sucesses that deserve revival today. Of course much as I love for example Parry's Variations they are not in the class of Elgar's, and this can be said for many of his best works, but they do merit listening to, and an odd performance.

There is more to Parry than "I was glad" and "Jerusalem" and this well written book gives a critical discussion of the major works as well as well as a structured biography of a remarkable man
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but heavy going!, 7 April 2013
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This is a well informed and very dsetailed biography of an amazingly active and varied personality in the Renaisance of English music. Probably the most influential person of his time, and responsible for the turning around of British Music. However, I found the detailed analisys of the music somewhat tedious and the use of strange and pretentious language styles, and words very difficult to read easily. Fortunately I was stuck waiting in a hospital for over 7 hours the other day and as I had nothing better to do I did manage to break the back of this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 5 Sep 2012
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This is an excellent and fascinating biography of one of the most important, and yet neglected, British musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dibble's style is informative, and yet readable without "blinding with science". A bookshelf essential for anybody with an interest in music of this era.
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