One of the most startling questions that is faced by the English people is exactly how "English" are our composers?
Purcell - Italian and French influences.
Handel - German born and bred; until he became naturalised English citizen.
Elgar - Our most German of English composers. (Listen to his early music.)
Delius - Wrote in the impressionist, French style.
Vaughan-Williams - Murky French, impressionist style (e.g. London Symphony)
Britten - French influences.
Birtwistle - Continental 'avant garde'
Ferneyhough/Finnissy - International 'avant garde'
Oskar Adolf Hermann Schmitz once said that for a [musically] civilised country Britain was"Das Land ohne Musik". He would have been better off saying it was "Das Land ohne Englisch Komponist"!
- ▼ November (7)