Personalities | John Ireland | Modern Era | Classical
Ireland’s style is fundamentally English, drawing on his teacher, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), and on Edward Elgar (1857–1934), but he was fruitfully aware of Ravel and Debussy and, more guardedly, of the young Stravinsky. His attractive Piano Concerto (1930), London overture (1936) and his Satyricon (1946) have an agreeable wit; in other works he was influenced by the legends attached to prehistoric monuments. In mid-career he taught composition.
A London Overture, Epic March, These Things Shall Be, etc., LSO (cond) Richard Hickox (Chandos)
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