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Frederic Cowen (1852-1935)

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« on: February 11, 2021, 06:44:02 pm »

So much literature on music is now available on-line in some form or another, but I'm still an adherent of the printed page...

Over thirty years of researching British music many tomes have passed through my hands but there are some I will never dispense with, and which I can strongly recommend if anyone has an interest in such things:


The Three Choirs Festival (Shaw, 1954)

The Cheltenham Festival (Howes, 1965)

The Blackwell history of music in Britain vol.5 - The Romantic Age, 1800-1914 (Temperley, 1981)

The Oxford history of English music vol.2 - c.1715 to the present day (Caldwell, 1999)

A history of the oratorio vol.4 - The oratorio in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Smither, 2000)

The symphonic repertoire vol.3B - Great Britain, Russia and France (Brown, 2008)

The provincial music festival in England, 1784-1914 (Drummond, 2011)

Two centuries of British symphonism: from the beginnings to 1945 (Schaarwachter, 2015)


Masters of English Music (Willeby, 1896)

British musical biography (Brown and Stratton, 1897)

Sullivan v critic; or, practice v theory - a study in press phenomena (Simcoe, 1906)

Granville Bantock (Anderton, 1915)

The works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Kennedy, 1964)

R.V.W. - a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Williams, 1964)

The symphonies of Havergal Brian (MacDonald, 1974-83)

Edward Elgar - a creative life (Moore, 1984)

Arthur Sullivan (Jacobs, 1984)

Gustav Holst - the man and his music (Short, 1990)

C. Hubert H. Parry (Dibble, 1992)

Rutland Boughton and the Glastonbury Festivals (Hurd, 1993)

Holst's music (Dickinson, 1995)

The music of Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935): a critical study (Barker, PhD thesis, Durham, 1999)

Charles Villiers Stanford (Dibble, 2002)

Charles Villiers Stanford (Rodmell, 2002)

The brilliant and the dark - the life and music of Sir Malcolm Arnold (Jackson, 2003)

The music of Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935): a critical study (Parker, PhD thesis, Durham, 2007)

SullivanPerspektiven (Gier, Saremba and Taylor, 2012)

Strings, winds, pipes, piano & food - the concertos of Malcolm Arnold (Bowers, 2013)

The Cambridge companion to Vaughan Williams (Frogley and Thomson, 2013)

Sir George Dyson - his life and music (Spicer, 2014)

SullivanPerspektiven II (Gier, Saremba and Taylor, 2014)

SullivanPerspektiven III (Tumat, Saremba and Taylor, 2017)

Sir Arthur Sullivan, the 1898 Leeds Festival and beyond (Stanyon, PhD thesis, Leeds, 2017)

The Cyril Scott companion - unity in diversity (Scott, Foreman and De'Ath, 2018)


Operas old and new (Page and Billings, 1933)

Two centuries of opera at Covent Garden (Rosenthal, 1958)

Operetta - a theatrical history (Traubner, 1983)

The British musical theatre vol.1, 1865-1914 (Ganzl, 1986)

Ballet in Leicester Square (Guest, 1992)

The Viking opera guide (Holden, Kenyon and Walsh, 1993)

The complete annotated Gilbert and Sullivan (Bradley, 1996)

A most ingenious paradox - the art of Gilbert and Sullivan (Wren, 2001)

Gilbert and Sullivan - a dual biography (Ainger, 2002)

Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918 (Rodmell, 2013)


Memories and music (Godfrey, 1924)

First Philharmonic - a history of The Royal Philharmonic Society (Ehrlich, 1995)

The musical life of the Crystal Palace (Musgrave, 1995)

Sir Dan Godfrey - champion of British composers (Lloyd, 1995)

The Proms: a new history (Doctor, Wright and Kenyon, 2007)

Conductors in Britain, 1870-1914 - wielding the baton at the height of Empire (Palmer, 2017)


The mirror of music, 1844-1944 (Scholes, 1947)

Music in England, 1885-1920 (Foreman, 1994)

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