The story of British classical music extends over more than a thousand years. A distinctive national tone was identifiable already in medieval times, and in the fifteenth century Dunstable was a leading international figure. The Renaissance saw the emergence of great composers such as Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons, and the seventeenth century was lit up by the brief but brilliant career of Purcell. After a long period dominated by composers from abroad, British creativity reasserted itself once more on the world stage, with Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Their successors, Britten and Tippett, opened the way for the crowded and diverse scene of the present day. British writer and broadcaster Anthony Burton traces this history in an informative e-text.
About the Author
Anthony Burton studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as an arts administrator at a New England college and in the North West of England before spending fifteen years on the music production staff of BBC Radio 3 in London. He is now a freelance writer, broadcaster and pre-concert speaker. He reviews CDs regularly for BBC Music Magazine, edited the Associated Board Performer’s Guides, compiled and wrote The Story of British Classical Music for Naxos, and has written programme notes for many orchestras, festivals, concert series and record labels on literally thousands of works of all periods.