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Hamilton Harty : musical polymath / Jeremy Dibble.

By: Dibble, Jeremy.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Music in Britain, 1600-2000: Publisher: Suffolk [England] : The Boydell Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (393 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781782041818; 1782041818.Subject(s): Conductors (Music) -- England -- Biography | Composers -- England -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Hamilton Harty : musical polymath.DDC classification: 780.92 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Released in the "Music in Britain 1600-2000" series, this well-researched, scholarly book is a significant contribution to British/Irish musical studies. Also an expert on John Stainer, Hubert Perry, and Charles Villiers Stanford, Dibble (Durham Univ., UK) provides what is essentially a rediscovery of Harty, a prominent British/Irish conductor, composer, and accompanist in the early decades of the 20th century. The author provides an abundance of detail but less interpretation. For example, he discusses the Irish nature of Harty's compositions but does not offer insights into why they fell out of favor and are not often performed today. Nor does he bring Harty, with his complicated personality, to life in these pages. That said, specifics about concert programming and soloists of the day will be a treasure trove for cultural historians. From 1920 to 1933, Harty was the chief conductor for the Hallé Orchestra, and despite his conservative programming he was highly respected; a wider context of this period would have been welcome. Despite its shortcomings, the book is accessible, beautifully written, and meticulously organized (albeit expensive). Including an excellent bibliography, discography, and index, this is a major study of Harty. --Marietta Nien-Hwa Cheng, Colgate University

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