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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer; Reprint edition (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843836025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843836025
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McVeagh's analyses unfailingly draw the reader's attention to the melodic and harmonic subtleties of Finzi's writing. At her best, as in a beautiful passage on Finzi and Hardy, she sings with a lyricism that matches Finzi's own. This book comes as a timely reminder that there should be a place for the finely wrought music of a minor master. --Times Literary Supplement

This has been long in preparation, but the wait has been worthwhile. Lucky the composer who finds so fair-minded, candid and scrupulous a biographer and one who writes so well...(McVeagh's) analyses achieve the rare distinction of being both illuminating and readable. This is one of the best-written books about a musician to appear for many years. --BBC Music Magazine

(Now) we have McVeagh at last, so good and so well written that those who already possess...other books must have it, not only to complement them but for the sheer pleasure afforded by such a winning combination of scholarship, insight and clear-eyed humanity.. their belief will be reinforced and intensified by Miss McVeagh's candour and her remarkable achievement in writing not only a good biography but in re-creating the atmosphere of English musical life in the half-century of Finzi's life. --Finzi Newsletter


(T)he author's style is very easy indeed, informal and communicative. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS SOCIETY JOURNAL

The book is very well researched and immensely informative. (...) From reading this particular biography, there is also the wish to read mo

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