The song critic Felix Aprahamian (1914-2005) was once a amazing self-made guy whose huge, immense impact in musical circles was once deeply based in his functional adventure of selling tune in London, particularly British and French composers. Early on he got interested within the organ and was once quickly corresponding with the major French names of the day - André Marchal, Charles Tournemire, Maurice Durufléand the younger Olivier Messiaen. In 1933, the nineteen-year-old Aprahamian visited Frederick Delius in France, and whereas in Paris, met the elderly Charles-Marie Widor. The surviving diaries, released the following entire for the 1st time, rfile those occasions in detail.
through the moment international battle he acted as live performance director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was once the guiding spirit at the back of the influential live shows de Musique Française and have become assistant to Sir Thomas Beecham. After the liberation of Paris, a large circle of exceptional French musicians and composers together with Francis Poulenc, Messiaen, Pierre Bernac and Pierre Fournier turned own acquaintances. Aprahamian made his identify as track critic at the Sunday instances, the place from 1948 to 1989 he used to be required examining. He helped a variety of younger musicians to improve their careers and used to be linked to many musical businesses, significantly the Delius belief and Society.
Prefaced by means of an illuminating biography, this assortment shedsnew mild on Aprahamian's lifestyles and paintings. His diaries and BBC announces uniquely light up London live performance lifestyles from the Thirties to the Nineteen Sixties, whereas his articles on many composers and musicians - nearlyall acquaintances and associates - testify to his merchandising of French and British tune. Examples of his checklist and live performance studies are integrated, and the publication inspires the just about vanished international of a track feedback either humane and strict, paying tribute to music's spontaneous and absolute features. will probably be of curiosity to someone following London live performance existence within the 20th century; British and French song; writing approximately Debussy, Poulenc, Messaien and, particularly, Delius; in addition to organ music.
LEWIS FOREMAN is a author on British song and the editor of The John eire Companion (The Boydell Press, 2011) and writer of Bax: A Composer and His Times.
SUSAN FOREMAN is writer of varied books on Whitehall and, including Lewis Foreman, London.A Musical Gazetteer (2005).