Arnold Bax

Biography

Born: November 8, 1883; England   Died: October 3, 1953; Ireland  
Born of cultured and wealthy parents, Bax was insulated from the loss of direction that many composers felt during, and immediately after, the First World War. For him the prewar world of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky was still alive in all its myth and mystery. He described himself as "a brazen romantic," and in many respects could be considered the last of the European post-Romantic school of composers.
During his five years
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His first mature work, In the Fairy Hills, is typical of the fantastic and exotic nature of his orchestral writing, chromatic and opulent, with a broad melodic sweep and luminous harmonies. The Garden of Fand (1916), an imaginative evocation of an ancient legend of sea gods and goddesses, is similarly impressionistic, though less naturalistic, than Debussy's La Mer. Tintagel, a tone poem inspired by traditional English stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table was composed in 1919 after a holiday in Cornwall and quickly became Bax's most frequently performed work.
Living in the shadow of composers of the stature of Elgar and Vaughan Williams, Bax received little public recognition until late in life. Up to the late 1930s, his songs, choral works, and chamber music were rarely heard, and, had it not been for a broadening of his style and the championship of Sir Adrian Boult, conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bax would probably be remembered, if at all, for his comparatively youthful works. Even in the 1960s the English music critic Burnett James was moved to call this neglect "myopic and moronic."
On a visit to Scandinavia in 1932, Bax met Sibelius and the two composers became friends; while Sibelius' influence is not obvious in Bax's symphonic style, he is clearly indebted to the Finnish master in his tone poems "Winter Legends" and "The tale the pine trees knew."
The symphony, a form to which he turned again and again between 1922 and 1939, provided an outlet for a more taut, structured and contrapuntal approach that nevertheless retains elements of fantasy and mysticism. Symphonies 1 and 3 were recorded in his lifetime, and for many years, the Symphony No. 3, with its exotic, colourful melodic lines and rich orchestration, remained popular with British orchestras as well as an occasional international performance. Symphony No. 5 is dedicated to Sibelius and No. 6 contains a brief quote from Sibelius' tone poem Tapiola.
Bax did not take well to approaching old age. He became withdrawn and dependent on alcohol. In 1943, he wrote a bitterly nostalgic memoir of his earlier years titled "Farewell, My Youth" (edited by Lewis Foreman; Scolar [sic] Press (Now Ashgate); 1992). In 1942, he was appointed Master of the Kings' Music and received a knighthood. His last work, written to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, is a set of madrigals called "What is it like to be young and fair?" He died while on holiday in Cork, Ireland. Read less
Beecham Collection - Brahms, Bax, Strauss / Beecham
Release Date: 10/23/2007   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 21   Number of Discs: 1
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Bax: Tintagel;  Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 Op. 44 / Vänskä, London Po
Release Date: 11/18/2008   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 36   Number of Discs: 1
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Bax, Ireland: Piano Concertos / Bebbington, Curtis
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 242   Number of Discs: 1
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    British Cello Concertos / Wallfisch
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  Arnold Bax,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Bryden Thomson,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Arnold Bax, Stanley Bate: Cello Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 351 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Stanley Bate
    Performer:  Lionel Handy
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    The Art of Imagination / Queens Duo
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 15051 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bruno Hilse,  Arnold Bax,  Antonio Zamara,  Andy Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queens Duo
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    Benjamin: Ballade; Stevens: Sinfonietta; Panufnik: Lullaby; Bax: Variations On
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 1117 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Benjamin,  Bernard Stevens,  Andrzej Panufnik,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Conductor:  Boyd Neel,  Anthony Bernard
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    Dream Shadows: Works For Violin & Piano By Kelly, Bax, Somervell
    Label: Em Records   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Somervell,  Arnold Bax,  Frederick Kelly
    Performer:  Rupert Marshall-Luck,  Matthew Rickard
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    A Very English Christmas / Tenebrae
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 902 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Gardner,  Christopher Robinson,  Peter Warlock,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Performer:  Greg Skidmore,  James Sherlock,  James Holliday,  Simon Whiteley  ... 
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
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    Bax, Dyson, Veale, Bliss: Violin Concertos
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24153 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Veale,  Arnold Bax,  George Dyson,  Sir Arthur Bliss
    Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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    Bax, Moeran, Benjamin: Violin Concertos; Walton: Cello Concerto / BBC...
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2114 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Benjamin,  Ernest John Moeran,  Arnold Bax,  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Derek Collier,  Alfredo Campoli,  André Gertler,  Gregor Piatigorsky
    Conductor:  Stanford Robinson,  Rudolf Schwarz,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    The Thurston Connection: English Music For Clarinet & Piano
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571357 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Roger Fiske,  Iain Hamilton,  Hugh Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Buckle,  Nicholas Cox
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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Nocturnes / Charlesworth, Herchenroder
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 355 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Ivor Gurney,  Franz Schubert,  Henri Duparc  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Charlesworth,  Edwige Herchenroder
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    The Crown Imperial / Higgins, London Symphonic Concert Band
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Alexander Mackenzie,  Percy Godfrey  ... 
    Conductor:  Tom Higgins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphonic Band
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    Bax: Orchestral Works / Davis, BBC Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10829 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Philip Dukes
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
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  • 14.
    The Great Recordings / Malcolm Sargent [18-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634121 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  John [baritone (50s)] Cameron,  James Milligan,  Duncan Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Sea In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578269 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Frank Bridge,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  István Kassai,  François-Joël Thiollier
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  James Judd,  Jun Märkl,  Simon Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon National Orchestra  ... 
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    Bartlett & Robertson: Selected Recordings 1927-1947
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 6012 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ethel Bartlett,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Rae Robertson,  Ethel Bartlett
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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    British Works for Cello and Piano, Vol. 2 / Paul Watkins, Huw Watkins
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10792 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  York Bowen,  Arnold Bax,  John Ireland
    Performer:  Paul Watkins,  Huw Watkins
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  • 18.
    Arnold Bax: Works For Cello & Piano
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Lionel Handy,  Nigel Clayton
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  • 19.
    Piano Quartets: Bridge, Bax, Wilson, Walton
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6230 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ian Wilson,  Sir William Walton,  Arnold Bax,  Frank Bridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappa Ensemble
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    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34104 Release Date: 08/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Henry Harris,  Thomas Tallis,  Percy Whitlock  ... 
    Performer:  Sam Dressel,  Nick Lee,  Annie Lydford,  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Kennedy  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
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  • 21.
    Takemitsu, Matalon, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Bax
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111149 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Martin Matalon  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Novakova,  Nicolas Tulliez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Nobis
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  • 22.
    Bax, Bliss, Vaughan Williams: Sonatas, Suite For Viola And Piano / Euler, Rivinus
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9031796 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Arnold Bax,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Christian Euler,  Paul Rivinius
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  • 23.
    Viola Sonatas, Idylls & Bacchanals
    Label: Em Records   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  John McEwen,  Dame Elizabeth Maconchy,  Gordon Jacob  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Williams,  David Owen Norris
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  • 24.
    Icon - John McCormack [4-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 827642 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  James L. Molloy,  Traditional,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Performer:  John McCormack,  Gerald Moore,  Nellie Melba,  Edna Thornton  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Walter Goehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    English Choral Music
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Lennox Berkeley,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Elliott,  Hester [Soprano Vocal] Gomme,  Ruth Morris,  Tanya Wicks  ... 
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