by Christine Headley
TO BE PUBLISHED 16 July 2019
Without counter-tenor Alfred Deller, the Early Music Revival would have been very different. In this book, Christine Headley explores the background to early music, Deller’s life and career, the story of Stour Music and the parallel evolution of the Early Music Revival from the world of Arnold Dolmetsch and Nadia Boulanger, through Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Class of 1973 to the wide range of ensembles performing today.
As well as a rich narrative, the book features themed chapters on Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art (the work which made Deller’s name in 1947), Dowland songs, Handel’s Messiah and Tallis’s ‘Spem in Alium’ as well as the counter-tenor voice, John Ward (who contributed so much to Stour Music visually), and the venues used by the festival.
448 pages, with more than 40 illustrations
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