Melodies for­aged from the hedgerow

The Daily Telegraph - Review - - In This Issue - Si­mon Hef­fer

n the 19th cen­tury the Ger­mans called Bri­tain das Land ohne Musik – the land with­out music – with good rea­son. In a cen­tury when Ger­many had pro­duced Beethoven, Brahms, Wag­ner and Men­delssohn it took us un­til the late 1880s to have a com­poser of note, Hu­bert Parry: and he owed no small debt to the Ger­man greats, no­tably Brahms. When, in the 1890s, Bri­tain at last had in El­gar a com­poser recog­nised abroad as a true mas­ter, he, too, smelt of Ger­many.

Thus, in the early 20th cen­tury, com­posers sought a “na­tional music”, led by two men whose dis­cov­er­ies are cap­tured on a new CD from Al­bion Records, I Love My Love: Ce­cil Sharp

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