EMP B002




Armstrong Gibbs: A Countryman Born and Bred



with a catalogue by MICHAEL PILKINGTON



Hardback | Pages: iv, 308, cat.77, ind.13



ISBN 978-0-9567753-2-0






Armstrong Gibbs was a major figure in the national music scene in the 1920s and 1930s, celebrated for songs, choral and orchestral music and chamber music; yet little has been written about him until now. In ‘Armstrong Gibbs: A Countryman Born and Bred’, the first comprehensive biography of the composer, Angela Aries evokes a charming and almost forgotten musical world, while Lewis Foreman surveys Gibbs’s very extensive musical output. The book also includes a complete list of Gibbs’s works, compiled by Michael Pilkington. The book has been prepared with careful reference to original sources and takes into account the very latest research as well as interviews with those who knew Gibbs personally.


With a background and training in Modern Languages, ANGELA ARIES developed a career as a teacher at Tertiary Education level. Her previous publications include ‘Façon de Parler’ (Hodder Education), a mainstream French course for adult learners; and ‘L’anglais easy’ (Larousse), a short textbook for French students learning English.


Angela has always been a keen singer, and over the years has belonged to several chamber choirs. It was while singing with the Lingwood Consort in Danbury that she became acquainted with the part-songs and solo songs of Armstrong Gibbs. This fired her enthusiasm to research the life of the local composer, and eventually to write his biography.


LEWIS FOREMAN has published many books on music and musicians. Subjects include Bax, Elgar, Havergal Brian, Percy Grainger, John Ireland, Edmund Rubbra and Vaughan Williams. With his wife, Susan, he produced in 2005 the widely-acclaimed ‘London: a Musical Gazatteer’. For many years a full-time writer/researcher on music, he has advised various independent record companies on new repertoire, in recent years working particularly with Dutton Epoch. His CD booklet notes and recording session photographs for Chandos, Hyperion, ASV, Classico, Lyrita, Dutton and many other companies are well-known. He writes musical and record industry obituaries for ‘The Independent’ newspaper.


MICHAEL PILKINGTON was on the teaching staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 30 years. He has edited 20 choral works for Novello, a dozen volumes of English song for Stainer & Bell, and a catalogue of English art songs for Thames Music. He has edited and printed many of the unpublished works of Armstrong Gibbs for the Armstrong Gibbs Society.

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