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|Detail has been lavished on the book’s presentation. The cover design is appropriately from Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Two young Scottish pianists have recently been playing Bax: Joseph Long and Jeremy Limb, who is a family descendant of Bax. Names to remember. So, after moribund years, Bax is reconsidered. It may herald a renaissance that can only enrich what sometimes seems the recent dry period in British piano music.|
|—Ronald Stevenson, International Piano Quarterly|
|…here is a beautiful and lovingly-produced quality volume of his poems, including all of those he wrote under the pseudonym of Dermot O’Byrne, together with some of his Love Letters, happily preserved and made available by the Bax Estate … reading many of the poems is akin to hearing the music contained in the sound of speech. The love letters amplify the poems, all of which is illuminated by the music…|
|—Musical Opinion (September 2001)|
September 2001 saw the publication of the collected poems of Dermot O’Byrne (Sir Arnold Bax’s literary pseudonym) in the form of a substantial volume entitled IDEALA. This fascinating book, containing poems, love letters, music and other writings by those who knew him intimately, is edited and introduced by Bax’s first biographer, Colin Scott-Sutherland (Arnold Bax, Dent, 1973).
This sumptuous book contains 320 pages with nearly 90 illustrations, including an edition of The Princess’s Rose Garden, and is hard-bound and gold-blocked. Reviews have been numerous and very positive; the quotations shown at the head of this page are chosen at random, so click the Reload button to see others.
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Love Letters and Poems of Arnold Bax
Edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland
|3||Poems in Red Notebook|
|4||First (typed) Collection|
|5||Letters to Isobel Hodgson|
|6||‘Seafoam and Firelight’|
|7||Letters to Mary Field|
|8||Second (typed) Collection|
|9||Harriet Cohen and ‘The Princess’s Rose Garden’|
|11||‘Verses’ – Third (typed) Collection|
|12||‘Love Poems of a Musician’|
|13||‘A Dublin Ballad and Other Poems’|
|14||Memoir ‘The Two Brothers’ (Francis Colmer)|
|16||Index of Poems|
Catalogue code: FM091 • Published: September 2001
Entry last updated: 21st July 2010