Revue de presse
This collection (...) is a major source of information concerning one of the most influential composers of the mid-twentieth century and the musicians he knew. --Delius Journal
One doesn't need to be an admirer of Lennox Berkeley's music to appreciate the wisdom and insights which this most welcome collection of various writings has to offer. (...) Peter Dickinson is to be commended for bringing together this illuminating material. --Musical Times
(T)his is a handsome and welcome tribute to a composer who did not necessarily make a huge statement (...) As a publication and as a chronicle of a creative life, it could not be better achieved. --Gramophone
Présentation de l'éditeur
This book is a major source of information about one of the most influential British composers of the mid-twentieth century and the musicians he knew. It also provides details of the musical relationship between Paris and London before, during and after World War II. Berkeley had a ring-side seat when he lived in Paris, studied with Nadia Boulanger and wrote reviews about musical life there from 1929 to 1934. His little known letters to her reveal the mesmeric power of this extraordinary woman. Berkeley was an elegant writer, and it is fascinating to read his first-hand memories of composers such as Ravel, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten. The book also contains interviews with Berkeley's colleagues, friends and family. These include performers such as Julian Bream and Norman Del Mar; composers Nicholas Maw and Malcolm Williamson; the composer's eldest son Michael, the composer and broadcaster; and Lady Berkeley. Lennox Berkeley knew Britten well, and there are many references to him in this eminently readable collection.