Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine by Barry SmithPeter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine by Barry Smith

Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine

byBarry Smith

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Peter Warlock (Philip Heseltine) is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic of twentieth-century British composers. He was by turns a sensitive songwriter of remarkable genius, a witty and caustic critic, a rare scholar of early music, and a friend of some of the leading figures of the day -including William Walton, Jacob Epstein, and D. H. Lawrence. This is a complete account of this mercurial musician. Barry Smith uses new and often controversial material in telling his real, and frequently outrageous story. Here is the man, the composer, writer, and scholar, from his dangerous involvement in the occult to his long-lasting loves and hates -all of which ended by his own hand in a gas-filled London flat on a cold winter's morning in 1930.
Barry Smith is founder and director of the St. George's Singers, one of South Africa's leading chamber choirs. He has received an Honorary Associateship from the Royal School of Church Music, and an Honorary Fellowship from the Guild of Church Musicians, and was made a member of the Order of Simon of Cyrene by Archbishop Desmond Tutu i...
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Title:Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip HeseltineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198166060

ISBN - 13:9780198166061

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Set in the uncertain years after the first World War, this story tells of a brilliant yet unhappy young man, a sensitive song-writer of remarkable genius, a witty and caustic critic, a rare scholar of early music, and a friend of some of the leading figures of the day. It tells of his dangerous involvement in the occult and its disturbing and long-lasting effects, of his passionate loves and hates, and of dramas of intrigue and mystery, all of which end on a cold winter's morning in 1930 in a gas-filled flat in Chelsea.

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'Barry Smith tells this strange story with fairness and balance. Events are set against copious extracts from letters and appraisals of the music.'John Amis, The Tablet