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  • By A Conchie
    Aug 28, 2018
    Dr. Alabaster has unrivalled knowledge of Elizabeth Poston, having known her and all her executors. He has written lesser works, detailed on his own website and that of Friends of the Forster Country. But this book caps them all, with a full catalogue of her works and the personal context of her as composer, trustee of the Rural Music Schools Association, now Benslow Music, musician in trying wartime and friend to many, before and since. The friends include E M Forster who had lived in her house many years earlier and introduced himself to her at a wartime National Gallery concert. Anyone interested in mid-twentieth-century music or the struggles for recognition of female composers will find this work interesting.
  • By William Miller
    Jul 12, 2018
    Dr John Alabaster has produced a masterful work which will undoubtedly delight both the lay reader and the academic researcher. It contains the most complete catalogue of all her works, both published and unpublished, and it points the researcher to where her original scores, letters and papers are now held and available to be studied. Far from being a "one piece composer (Jesus Christ the Apple Tree may come to mind), she produced a huge output of about 920 original compositions, 670 of which were published. The book also features a number of fascinating biographical vignettes, describing how she showed remarkable early talent with two dozen compositions published while she was still a student in her 20's. She met Peter Warlock in 1924 when she was only 19, and Dr Alabaster reproduces her accounts of their relationship in her own words. Poston was affected very badly by Warlock's suicide and composed little in the 1930's as a result. World War Two gave her a new direction and... More > purpose, working in a secret department of the BBC sending secret messages abroad using music transmissions. In 1946 she helped set up the new BBC Third Programme, and the period of the 1950's to the 1970's saw a second flowering of her composition energies. She knew so many prominent and interesting people. Ralph Vaughan-Williams was her mentor and she knew E. M Forster very well. The book benefits from no less than 335 footnotes which are an encyclopedic source of information in themselves, and will delight and intrigue.I would recommend it to anyone.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780955066962
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
John S Alabaster
Published
May 29, 2018
Language
English
Pages
190
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
Weight
1.69 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 8.5 tall
Product ID
23663053
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