Music Simon Heffer Vaughan Williams

ISBN 13: 9780571245758

Vaughan Williams

3.71 avg rating
( 24 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780571245758: Vaughan Williams

A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer's work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The truth could hardly have been more different: that folksy feel masked the highest sophistication, that countrified air the most audacious experimentation. If, unlike his Germanizing contemporary Elgar, Vaughan Williams did indeed open the way to a distinctively English Music, his was an Englishness which owed nothing to narrow-mindedness or lack of artistic enterprise. Fifty years after his death in 1958, Vaughan Williams' reputation is greater than ever before and there is a resurgence of interest in his music. Re-issued to coincide with this anniversary, Simon Heffer's perceptive book lends weight to the increasingly compelling case for Vaughan Williams' recognition as the most important English composer of the twentieth century. 'A vivid and appealing picture of an irresistibly likeable figure ... I enjoyed this little book enormously.' Spectator 'An affectionate, accurate and shrewd account of Vaughan Williams' life ... the author's astute commentary on it betokens close and knowledgeable acquaintance.' Sunday Telegraph

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Simon Heffer (born 1960) has been since 2005 an Associate Editor and columnist of the Daily Telegraph. In his extensive career as a journalist he has also been the Deputy Editor and Political Correspondent for The Spectator, the Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph (1994-1995) and columnist with the Daily Mail. He is also the author of six books, including his biographies of Enoch Powell (Like the Roman) and Vaughan Williams, both being reissued in Faber Finds.

From Publishers Weekly:

It is to be questioned whether a new study of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is called for, when a couple of good biographies are already available, including one by his widow, Ursula, and Michael Kennedy's excellent book on the music. But journalist and author Heffer (Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England), who seems to have no special musical training (which his subject would probably have wryly appreciated) has done a thoroughly workmanlike job of evoking the composer's peculiarly English ethos. VW (as he is known in England) set out consciously to be an English composer rather than a member of any international group or movement, and though there were critics who derided what they saw as his parochiality, his music, Heffer observes, has survived with remarkable strength, some of it now even seen as prophetic. Heffer is particularly insightful about VW's last symphonies, the unaccountably neglected piano concerto and his long and constantly thwarted ambition to compose operas that would hold their place in the repertory. But Heffer has nothing much to add, in this slim volume, to what is already known of the life. (If only some scholar could unearth a more complete account of VW's period of study with Ravel in Paris surely one of the unlikeliest matchings of two great composers ever made.) What Heffer has done very convincingly is to set forth eloquently what makes VW's music not only internationally admired, but a source of particular pride and solace to his countrymen. Heffer concludes with an all-too-brief critical discography.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 19.80
US$ 20.53

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Simon Heffer
Published by FABER FABER, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer s work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The truth could hardly have been more different: that folksy feel masked the highest sophistication, that countrified air the most audacious experimentation. If, unlike his Germanizing contemporary Elgar, Vaughan Williams did indeed open the way to a distinctively English Music, his was an Englishness which owed nothing to narrow-mindedness or lack of artistic enterprise.Fifty years after his death in 1958, Vaughan Williams reputation is greater than ever before and there is a resurgence of interest in his music. Re-issued to coincide with this anniversary, Simon Heffer s perceptive book lends weight to the increasingly compelling case for Vaughan Williams recognition as the most important English composer of the twentieth century. A vivid and appealing picture of an irresistibly likeable figure.I enjoyed this little book enormously. - Spectator . An affectionate, accurate and shrewd account of Vaughan Williams life.the author s astute commentary on it betokens close and knowledgeable acquaintance. - Sunday Telegraph . Bookseller Inventory # LIE9780571245758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Simon Heffer
Published by FABER FABER, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer s work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The truth could hardly have been more different: that folksy feel masked the highest sophistication, that countrified air the most audacious experimentation. If, unlike his Germanizing contemporary Elgar, Vaughan Williams did indeed open the way to a distinctively English Music, his was an Englishness which owed nothing to narrow-mindedness or lack of artistic enterprise.Fifty years after his death in 1958, Vaughan Williams reputation is greater than ever before and there is a resurgence of interest in his music. Re-issued to coincide with this anniversary, Simon Heffer s perceptive book lends weight to the increasingly compelling case for Vaughan Williams recognition as the most important English composer of the twentieth century. A vivid and appealing picture of an irresistibly likeable figure.I enjoyed this little book enormously. - Spectator . An affectionate, accurate and shrewd account of Vaughan Williams life.the author s astute commentary on it betokens close and knowledgeable acquaintance. - Sunday Telegraph . Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780571245758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Simon Heffer
Published by FABER FABER, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer s work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The truth could hardly have been more different: that folksy feel masked the highest sophistication, that countrified air the most audacious experimentation. If, unlike his Germanizing contemporary Elgar, Vaughan Williams did indeed open the way to a distinctively English Music, his was an Englishness which owed nothing to narrow-mindedness or lack of artistic enterprise.Fifty years after his death in 1958, Vaughan Williams reputation is greater than ever before and there is a resurgence of interest in his music. Re-issued to coincide with this anniversary, Simon Heffer s perceptive book lends weight to the increasingly compelling case for Vaughan Williams recognition as the most important English composer of the twentieth century. A vivid and appealing picture of an irresistibly likeable figure.I enjoyed this little book enormously. - Spectator . An affectionate, accurate and shrewd account of Vaughan Williams life.the author s astute commentary on it betokens close and knowledgeable acquaintance. - Sunday Telegraph . Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780571245758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Simon Heffer
Published by Faber & Faber (2009)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Softcover Quantity Available: 15
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 2009. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Bookseller Inventory # LP9780571245758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.54
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Heffer, Simon
Published by Faber & Faber (2016)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780571245758_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.19
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Simon Heffer
Published by Faber and Faber (2008)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2008. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # LQ-9780571245758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.07
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Simon Heffer
Published by Faber and Faber (2009)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0571245757

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Simon Heffer
Published by Faber and Faber (2008)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 160 pages. 8.50x5.31x0.47 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk0571245757

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.05
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Heffer, Simon
Published by Faber and Faber (2009)
ISBN 10: 0571245757 ISBN 13: 9780571245758
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110571245757

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 52.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds