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Granville Bantock's Letters to William Wallace and Ernest Newman, 1893-1921: 'Our new dawn of modern music' by Michael Allis Details

British music and musical life before the relatively great war were neglected in discussions about the idea of ​​"modernity" in the early 20th century. This collection of about 300 characters,…

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British music and musical life before the relatively great war were neglected in discussions about the idea of ​​"modernity" in the early 20th century. This collection of about 300 characters, written by Granville Pantok (1868-1946) to the Scottish composer William Wallace (1860-1940) and music critic Ernest Newman (1868-1959) puts Bantu and his circle at the center of this debate.

The letters highlight the development of Bantock and Wallace for the modern British symphony, their contribution (with Newman) to music criticism and the press, and their attempts to encourage a young generation of British composers - reveal early frustration with the musical establishment. In confirmation of the impact of the visits of Richard Strauss and Sibelius to Britain, Bantock offers views on a group of composers active in the early 20th century, with Elgar and Delius identified as the future of English music.

In addition to references to modern conductors, composers and writers (Maeterlinck, Conrad), there are fascinating details about musical culture in London, Liverpool and Birmingham - including programming strategies in the tower and the new Brighton plans for the re-launch of New Quarterly Musical Review. Completely explained, the characters provide a wonderful window to British music and musical life in the early 20th century and the "dawn" of musical modernity.

Michael Ellis is Professor of Music at the University of Leeds School of Music.

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