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Title: The life and music of William Hurlstone (1876-1906)
Author: Redwood, Christopher
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis sets out to trace the life and career of the highly talented English composer, William Hurlstone, whose name and music are much less well known than they deserve to be; to assess his music critically; and to conjecture what he might have achieved given a longer life. It looks into the question of his obligation to teach while still in his teens in order to provide the family with an income, and to continue with menial musical tasks after graduation. It examines the early work that won him a composition scholarship to the Royal College of Music, and why he was granted a year's extension. It enquires why he was Stanford's favourite and most highly-regarded student among a group that included Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bridge, Ireland and Coleridge-Taylor. The unconventional situation of specialising in the composition of chamber music involving wind instruments is also considered. The effect of joint responsibility for the organisation of a five-year senes of 'Century Concerts', involving the most promising young players of the day and including a fair proportion of contemporary music in his home town of Croydon will be addressed. His qualification to become accompanist to the Bach Choir in 1903 and two years later to be appointed to the staff of the Royal College of Music are investigated, along with the health problems that caused his death at the age of thirty .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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