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Sensibility and English Song: Critical Studies of the Early Twentieth Century Paperback – March 2, 1989
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However, the greatest accomplishment here is probably how these books reveal the inter-relationships between English song and major English poets whose words were set to music (Hardy, Yeats, Housman, others.)
It should be noted that this is a 2 Volume study.
Vol 1 begins with composers he dubs as "reticent Victorians" (Elgar, Parry, Stanford, and Wood) and examines, among other topics, song cycles, music before and during World War I, "the lyrical impulse between the wars," John Ireland, Celtic twilight, Somervell, the Thomas Hardy songs by Finzi.
Vol 2 involves "the pursuit of detachment" -- later Vaughan Williams, a "tincture" of Modernism, Britten, Ivor Gurney, "Escape Into Warlock," Bliss, Walton, and "Rethinking the Accompaniment." There are three Appendices including The Story of The Joyce Book. The books conclude with over 100 pages of Song Lists by composers, an 11 page Bibliography, and an Index.