February 2020 ... Read full text
The order of the middle movements in Mahler's Sixth Symphony
January 2016 ... Read full text
Review of Lies and Epiphanies: Composers and Their Inspiration from Wagner to Berg by Chris Walton.
The Wagner Journal, 2015 ... Read full text
Religious Art in the Twenty-First Century
I want to ask a large question in a short space: whether it is possible in the West to produce genuine religious music in the twenty-first century. The problem is not a recent one, but goes back to the eighteenth century Enlightenment and the beginnings of Romanticism.
11 August 2013 ... Read full text
Robin Walker at 60
Tempo, July 2013 ... Read full text
Refuge in the Forest
Review of Jean Sibelius and His World, ed. Daniel M. Grimley.
The Times Literary Supplement, January 2012 ... Read full text
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.
1st July 2011 ... Read full text
Tennis with Gershwin
Review of A Windfall of Musicians by Dorothy Lamb Crawford.
The Times Literary Supplement, July 2010 ... Read full text
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
Review of Britten’s Children by John Bridcut.
The Times Literary Supplement, November 2006 ... Read full text
London Review of Books, 21 September 2006
Elgar's Falstaff: a Comparative Analysis
September 2006 ... 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
A Wistful Sophisticate
Review of The Cambridge Companion to Elgar, Daniel Grimley and Julian Rushton eds.;
Elgar: Child of Dreams by Jerrold Northrop Moore;
Recording of Elgar: Piano Concerto realized by Robert Walker.
The Times Literary Supplement, 11 March 2005 ... Read full text
The Times Literary Supplement, 16 January 2004
Britten and Berkeley
July 2003 ... 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
The Times Literary Supplement, 17 November 2000
That Intimate, Familiar Sense
Review of John Caldwell's The Oxford History of English Music, Volume Two: c.1715 to the present day.
The Times Literary Supplement, 19 November 1999 ... Read full text
Michael Tippett and the Fading 'Collective Imaginative Experience'
The Times Literary Supplement, 21 May 1999
The Sixth Symphony
pp.366-375, The Mahler Companion, edited by Donald Mitchell, Andrew Nicholson, Oxford University Press, 1999
Wagner, Lipiner, and the ''Purgatorio''
pp.508-516, The Mahler Companion, edited by Donald Mitchell, Andrew Nicholson, Oxford University Press, 1999
Nothing of the Circus
The Times Literary Supplement, 3 April 1998
The Music of English Pastoral
pp.81-90, Town and Country, edited by Anthony Barnett, Roger Scruton, Jonathan Cape, 1998 ... Read full text
To the Point of Chaos
The Times Literary Supplement, 28 November 1997
All Art is a Diary?
The Times Literary Supplement, 17 January 1997
The Cycle of Seasons
The Times Literary Supplement, 19 July 1996
Mahler and Parsifal
Muzik & Wetenschap, Vol.V. No.3, 1995/96
The Times Literary Supplement, 17 May 1995
Review of Expressionism in Twentieth Century Music by John C. Crawford and Dorothy L. Crawford.
The Times Literary Supplement, 19 August 1994 ... Read full text
This What You Call Music?
The Times Literary Supplement, 27 May 1994
The Flaying of Marsyas
Salisbury Review, March 1994
Landscape in British Music
Towards a new Landscape, edited by Bernard Jacobson, 1993
Musical Times, April 1993
Titian's Flaying of Marsyas as a Metaphor of Transformation
The Salisbury Review, 1993 ... Read full text
Love Song for Alma
The Times Literary Supplement, 13 November 1992
That Carefree Feeling
The Times Literary Supplement, 10 April 1992
A Distant Fury of Battle
A composer's response to Geoffrey Hill's 'Funeral Music'.
Agenda, 1992 ... Read full text
The Times Literary Supplement, 23 August 1991
Romanticism in Unlikely Corners
The Times Literary Supplement, 26 April 1991
A Perverse Genius
Review of Schoenberg's Error by William Thomson.
The Salisbury Review, 1991 ... Read full text
The Times Literary Supplement, 22 June 1990
The Secret Programme
The Times Literary Supplement, 13 Arpil 1990
Peter Sculthorpe at 60
Tempo 170, 1989
The Rehabilitation of the Vernacular
Music and The Politics of Culture, edited by Christopher Morris, Lawrence and Wishart, 1989
Drafting the Resurrection
The Times Literary Supplement, 17 July 1987
Salisbury Review, April 1987
From Romance to Ritual
The Times Literary Supplement, 13 February 1987
On the Mahler Phenomenon
pp.35, The Listener, 10 July 1986
Mirror upon mirror mirrored
Michael Tippett, A Celebration, edited by Geraint Lewis, The Baton Press Ltd, 1985
A Note of Loneliness
The Times Literary Supplement, 10 August 1984
Act II Scene 1: An Examination of the Music in Peter Grimes
Cambridge Opera Handbooks, edited by Philip Brett, 1983
Affirmations and Ambiguities
The Times Literary Supplement, 27 August 1982
Tempo 97 (Stravinsky memorial issue), 1971
Shostakovich's eleventh symphony
pp.448, The Listener, 24 March 1966
Messiaen and large-scale form
pp.972, The Listener, 9 December 1965