WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1908 - 1988)
William Wordsworth was a pacifist and spent the war years as a farm labourer, but, he was able to enjoy the favourable climate for classical music in the decade following the cessation of hostilities. In the 1950s Wordsworth appeared to be forging a solid reputation with the public, but in 1961 he moved from Surrey to the Scottish Highlands, whose scenery provided lasting inspiration but which was far removed from the metropolis. Consequently—his taciturn and abrupt personality may also have been a factor—Wordsworth’s reputation went into an eclipse from which it has never really recovered, although he became a respected member of the Scottish music establishment.
Wordsworth’s eight symphonies and six string quartets span his entire career (Symphony No. 8 was his last completed work). There are concertos, orchestral and instrumental music, but only three quartets, two symphonies and a few instrumental pieces and songs have so far appeared on LP or CD—a fraction of his total output.