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|Each poem in IDEALA is carefully footnoted to explain obscure references. Alternative versions are also recorded with variorum diligence.|
|—Rob Barnett, British Music Society News 92 (December 2001)|
|This extensive collection of poems by Bax and his alter ego Dermot O’Byrne, annotated copiously by Bax’s first biographer [Colin Scott-Sutherland] (Arnold Bax, Dent, 1973) and beautifully produced by Fand Music Press, illuminates those years of ardent youth to which he said ‘farewell’ in his autobiography of 1943. The collection includes a 30-page memoir of Arnold and his brother Clifford by their tutor, Francis Colmer, especially written for Scott-Sutherland, and derives its title not only from an early setting of Bjornson – published as The Flute (1923) – but evoking the ideal love of Bax’s many romantic liaisons. Its theme became Bax’s for life: pursuit of unattainable beauty: romantic and realistic.|
|—Ronald Stevenson, International Piano Quarterly|
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