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Whom the Gods love: the life and music of George Butterworth Hardcover – Import, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Toccata Press; 1St Edition edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907689426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907689423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,828,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on August 25, 2015
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An exceptionally well-written, thoroughly documented biography covering the complete and unfortunately short life of George Butterworth (1885-1916). All of Butterworth's surviving works are discussed along with an examination of his friendship with Vaughan Williams and the poet Housman from which he derived several of Housman's poems, the most notable of which are the setting of the six songs from The Shropshire Lad. It was this cycle that led me to find out more about Butterworth; it's incredible beauty combined with Housman's very attractive poetry makes the entire package irresistible to the singer, as well as the audience as later proved by the wide popularity of the song cycle. This, combined with the pathos created by the fact that this talented young composer just beginning his career was killed three weeks after he joined the Army by a German sniper along with several others of musical potential. WHAT A DEVISTATING LOSS TO THE MUSIC WORLD. And this "the war to end all wars"!

But the book does not dwell on this aspect, but instead gives us the succinct picture of Butterworth's background, both family and education. The author uses many footnotes, more than I used, but I did check what I considered to be important in the overall picture. I was really not much interested in his heritage, but many no doubt would be interested. It did focus on the three periods, short though they were of his composing life and I learned a great deal by this portion of the book , which also included detailed examples and explanations of his individual compositions.
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