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
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
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
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
The Music of English Pastoral
pp.81-90, Town and Country, edited by Anthony Barnett, Roger Scruton, Jonathan Cape, 1998 ... Read full text
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
Titian's Flaying of Marsyas as a Metaphor of Transformation
The Salisbury Review, 1993 ... Read full text
A Distant Fury of Battle
A composer's response to Geoffrey Hill's 'Funeral Music'.
Agenda, 1992 ... Read full text
A Perverse Genius
Review of Schoenberg's Error by William Thomson.
The Salisbury Review, 1991 ... Read full text