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A Life in Music : Conversations with Sir David Willcocks and Friends

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Told in a series of interviews with Sir David Willcocks and rounded out with reflections from a roll-call of eminent composers, musicians, and friends, this book presents a portrait of a highly gifted musician whose leadership, decency, and humanity have inspired countless singers to follow his example and live a life rich in music. Includes CD with many of Sir David's famous recordings.show more

Product details

  • Mixed media product | 304 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 24mm | 739.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b+w photographs
  • 0193360632
  • 9780193360631
  • 450,028

Table of contents

Foreword: by the Prince of Wales ; Introduction: by William Owen ; Chapter 1: Childhood and Westminster Abbey (1919-1934) ; Interlude 1: Reflections on Childhood ; Chapter 2: From Clifton College to King's College (1934-1940) ; Interlude 2: Reflections on Clifton ; Chapter 3: War Years (1940-1945) ; Interlude 3: David's War ; Chapter 4: Return to King's College and Salisbury Cathedral (1945-1950) ; Interlude 4: Reflections on Salisbury ; Chapter 5: Worcester Cathedral and the City of Birmingham Choir (1950-1957) ; Interlude 5: Reflections on Worcester ; Chapter 6: Director of Music, King's College (1957-1974) ; Interlude 6: Cambridge Voices ; Chapter 7: The Bach Choir (1960-1998) ; Interlude 7: Reflections on The Bach Choir ; Chapter 8: Director, Royal College of Music (1974-1984) ; Interlude 8: Reflections on the Royal College ; Chapter 9: A Musical 'Retirement' ; Interlude 9: Reflections on Retirementshow more

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Le style vivant et la langage simple permetten une lecture facile, meme pour ceux qui n'ont qu'une petite pratique de la langue anglaise . . . L'humour do son recit et de ceux de ses parents et amis rend passionnante la lecture de ce temoignange. * Caecilia, January 2009 * Sir David comes across as a hugely engaging character, and his own and other people's recollections in this book provide a lively snapshot of what already seems like another age. * Clare Stevens, Music Teacher, December 08 *show more

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