EMF 002




Music in the Landscape




Hardback | Pages: int. 10; 263; bib., ind. 15

Published by Robert Hale, London



ISBN 978-0-7030846-8-6



‘MUSIC IN THE LANDSCAPE’ is an exuberant celebration of British composers and the landscape. The book explores the lives of some of our nation’s greatest musical names and sets them within the context of the rich variety of their native countryside — wherein Britain’s vast variation of colour, light and contour, from gentle rounded valleys to bleak mountain landscapes and wild coastland, has resulted in great masterpieces that brim with expression and emotion.


Although readers may be aware of Elgar’s love of the Malverns or Britten’s identification with the Suffolk coast, nearly all British composers of the early- to mid-twentieth century were influenced by the landscapes in which they were born or chose to live, and so this book effectively presents a history of the Golden Renaissance of English music.


Marshall-Luck delves into particular places that were vital to the inspiration of musical landmarks – such as Tintagel, instrumental to Bax’s eponymous tone-poem; Maiden Castle of John Ireland’s ‘Mai-Dun’; and Egdon Heath, Holst’s evocation of the wild Dorset heathland described by Hardy in ‘The Return of the Native’. These works, and many others highlighted in this illuminating volume, epitomise the intimate relationship between nature and music that compels the attention of music-lovers throughout the world.


EM MARSHALL-LUCK is the Founder-Director of The English Music Festival, and Director of its subsidiary, EM Records. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Classic FM and at the BBC Promenade Concerts. She read Greats at Oxford and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, combining her pioneering work in English music with writing for a variety of eminent musical and academic journals, periodicals and magazines.

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