Birdsong and Music
Many composers have been influenced by birdsong. Mozart treasured the songs of his pet starling, even giving the bird a ceremonial funeral. David has always been interested in the incorporation of the natural world into his music, even including birdsong in some recent compositions. This lecture will reflect on the relationships between music and the natural world and how a composer can be brought closer to one through the other and vice versa.
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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Review of the book by Alex Ross.
Musical Opinion, July-August 2009 ... Read full text
Renewing Musical Tradition
Paper given at the conference 'Redefining Musical Identities' in Amsterdam, 31 August 2002.
pp.79-86, Redefining Musical Identities, edited by Rokus de Groot, Albert van der Schoot, ArtEZ Press, 2007 ... Read full text
The Art of the Fugue
Expended version of a review of 'The Art of Fugue' by Joseph Kerman.
London Review of Books, 2006 ... Read full text
Renewing the Past, some personal thoughts
pp.199-212, Reviving the Muse: Essays on Music After Modernism, edited by Peter Davison, Claridge Press, 2001 ... Read full text
Landscape in British Music
Towards a new Landscape, edited by Bernard Jacobson, 1993
The Rehabilitation of the Vernacular
Music and The Politics of Culture, edited by Christopher Morris, Lawrence and Wishart, 1989
The Music of English Pastoral
pp.81-90, Town and Country, edited by Anthony Barnett, Roger Scruton, Jonathan Cape, 1988
Act II Scene 1: An Examination of the Music in Peter Grimes
Cambridge Opera Handbooks, edited by Philip Brett, 1983