Personalities | (Sir) Arnold Bax | Modern Era | Classical

English composer

Bax was strongly affected by Richard Strauss, Debussy and Ravel, but the formative influence on him was a Romantic image of Ireland, first encountered through the poetry of W. B. Yeats and reflected in such tone-poems as The Garden of Fand (Fand was the goddess of the Western Sea). His music is passionate (the tone-poem Tintagel was partly inspired by a love affair), subtle and richly coloured, marked by rapid changes of emotion. He later turned to the symphony, writing seven, in which his Romanticism is tinged with deep melancholy and nostalgia.

Recommended Recording:
Tintagel, Garden of Fand, November Woods, Northern Ballad No. 1, Mediterranean, LPO (cond) Sir Adrian Boult (Lyrita)

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