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Exploring Arnold Bax’s ‘Apple-Blossom Time’ for Piano (1915)

The Monthly Musical Record (September 1915, p.259f) critic reviewing the score of Apple-Blossom Time, suggests that ‘The art of Mr Bax is a correlative of the characteristic canvas work of Mr E.W. Hornel’. This is an interesting comparison. Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) was an Australian-born artist who moved to Kirkcudbright in Scotland. He specialised in Celtic and Japanese imagery - and pictures of orchards. The reviewer continues by noting that ‘summer happiness, trees in full blossom, ...

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Arnold Bax: The Premiere of ‘A Northern Ballad’ in Glasgow, 14 November 1931

Since first hearing Arnold Bax’s A Northern Ballad in the early 1970’s, I have felt that it is underappreciated. The conventional critique of this tone poem places the ‘plot’ or the ‘action’ in the Highlands of Scotland. Nevertheless, as Lewis Foreman has pointed out (Lyrita Sleeve Notes, SRCS 62) ‘the programmatic origins of the work are not admitted in the score.’ The only clue is provided in Bax’s short note included in the premiere’s programme booklet ...

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BMS EVENTS TO MARK COMPOSER SIR ARNOLD BAX'S RECOGNITION IN SCOTLAND

THE exciting news that internationally renowned British composer, Sir Arnold Bax, is to be officially recognised in Scotland will be welcomed by BMS members and all classical music enthusiasts.

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Following Bax to Ukraine

Arnold Bax spent at least two months on the Skarzhinska Estate at Kruglik, near Lubny in Ukraine between May and July 1910. Alan Sutton recently visited Lubny and Kruglik and found some interesting historical background to the Skarzhinska family and to pre-revolutionary Lubny, impressions of which Bax took back with him and incorporated into later works. “Fair and smiling is the Ukrainian land, a fecund Slavonic Demeter”, wrote Bax at the opening of this section in ...

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Frank Merrick – The Legacy Recordings

Harriet Cohen’s influence on Sir Arnold Bax’s music was arguably greatest on his piano music for which she was his muse and frequent dedicatee as well as constant performer. It is therefore surprising that she recorded so little of it commercially aside from the Viola Sonata with William Primrose and a handful of piano miniatures. There also exists a live recording of Winter Legends from a BBC broadcast but sadly none of her performances of the ...

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Exploring Arnold Bax’s ‘Apple-Blossom Time’ for Piano (1915)

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Arnold Bax: The Premiere of ‘A Northern Ballad’ in Glasgow, ...

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BMS EVENTS TO MARK COMPOSER SIR ARNOLD BAX'S RECOGNITION IN ...

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Following Bax to Ukraine

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Frank Merrick – The Legacy Recordings

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Welcome to the Sir Arnold Bax Web Site

The purpose of this web site is to provide information on the music of Sir Arnold Bax and to promote those musicians who perform his music. Here you can learn about Bax by reading interviews, essays and articles on his life and music as well as reviews of the latest recordings and concerts featuring his music. Each month this site will be updated to include new editorials, announcements, concert information and reviews. This site also provides an extensive biography and discography that is updated regularly. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the composer or are trying to locate scores for performing purposes. I am also eager to hear from all those who would like to share their enthusiasm for the music of this great composer. Please contact me at rybergadams@hotmail.com.