Imaginative analytical and critical work on British music of the early twentieth century has been hindered by perceptions of the repertory as insular in its references and backward in its style and syntax, escaping the modernity that surrounded its composers. Recent research has begun to break down these perceptions and has found intriguing links between British music and modernism. This book brings together contributions from scholars working in analysis, hermeneutics, reception history, critical theory and the history of ideas. Three overall themes emerge from its chapters: accounts of British reactions to Continental modernism and the forms they took; links between music and the visual arts; and analysis and interpretation of compositions in the light of recent theoretical work on form, tonality and pitch organization.
Dr Matthew Riley, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Birmingham, UK Matthew Riley, Meirion Hughes, Deborah Heckert, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Downes, Christopher M. Scheer, Tim Barringer, Daniel M. Grimley, J.P.E. Harper-Scott, Thomas Irvine, Christopher Dromey, Laurel Parsons, Ben Earle.