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The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland: 1927-1961 Hardcover – 24 Nov 2006


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'The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland 1927-1961 charts the complex and fascinating relationship between the two men; one based on mutual respect but complicated by Ireland's financial dependency on his former pupil. From these letters the reader gains unique insights into each composers' views of their own works, each others' works and those of their contemporaries. The book is essential reading for devotees of Ireland and Bush and, beyond that, it gives a vivid picture of British musical life during the period concerned. Rachel O'Higgins provides scholarly footnotes and an illuminating commentary which highlights the professional and ideological undercurrents of this fascinating and ultimately endearing relationship'. Timothy Bowers, Royal Academy of Music, University of London 'Recommended for specialists.' The Delian 'This volume is a monument to the skill, industry and dedication of its editor, Alan Bush's daughter, Rachel O'Higgins. It will be of lasting utility to historians of English music.' English Historical Review

About the Author

Dr Rachel O'Higgins is the elder daughter of Alan Bush, and over the past seven years has organized and copied many thousands of letters that make up the Alan Bush Archive (the originals of which are now deposited in the British Library).

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