Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life (Music in by Jennifer L, Dr Oates

By Jennifer L, Dr Oates

Hamish MacCunn’s profession spread out amidst the restructuring of British musical tradition and the rewriting of the Western eu political panorama. Having risen to status within the past due Eighties with a string of Scottish works, MacCunn extra highlighted his Caledonian historical past by way of cultivating a Scottish creative personality that outlined him all through his existence. His makes an attempt to develop his attraction eventually failed. This, together with his tricky character and a chain of bad expert offerings, ended in the sluggish dying of what all started as a promising career.

As the 1st finished learn of MacCunn’s existence, the ebook illustrates how social and cultural events in addition to his own relationships stimulated his profession. whereas his fierce loyalty to his acquaintances endeared him to influential those that helped him all through his profession, his refusal of his Royal collage of song measure and his failure to accomplish early commissions guaranteed him a tough course. Drawing upon fundamental assets, Oates lines the improvement of MacCunn’s song chronologically, juxtaposing his Scottish and extra cosmopolitan compositions inside of a dialogue of his existence and different specialist actions. This photograph of MacCunn and his track unearths at the one hand a skilled composer who performed a task in setting up nationwide id in British song and, at the different, a guy who unwittingly sabotaged his personal career.

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