British Composer Profiles is a biographical dictionary of past British composers living between 1800 and 2010. Gerald Leach’s work on two previous editions in the 1980s was recognised as a
valuable resource, and the British Music Society has now published an expanded third edition revised, enlarged and edited by Ian Graham-Jones. The Chronology and Appendices have also been enlarged as
further reference, and a new Introduction by Lewis Foreman offers useful insight into the background of the state of British music during the period covered.
Seven hundred and twenty composers are represented in this substantial 250-page dictionary. Each composer-entry contains brief biographical details and a listing of appropriate main works. Many of the composers listed will not be found in standard reference works, which makes this publication a first point of reference for those seeking basic information on the many British composers, some largely forgotten, who have contributed to our musical heritage since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
British Composer Profiles costs £12.50 to non-members of the BMS, plus postage & packing (within the UK £2.50, airmail within the rest of Europe £6, airmail outside Europe £10). You can order through Pay Pal or Amazon by clicking the appropriate link below.
Compact, readable biographies of more than 700 composers from a significant period of British musical history: this is a volume for the ready-reference shelf.
(Anthony Burton, writer and editor)
This is a volume which is geared to the general British-music-loving public, particularly as represented by members of the British Music Society, and as such will be warmly welcomed...it contains much information not easily and readily available elsewhere at present, and should prove widely useful by both professionals and non-professionals alike (John Talbot, BMS News)
Annual Journals are available and go back to 1979 (When the BMS formed). Click here for details of each publication and how to order.
No.1 BENJAMIN BURROWS AND SOME OF HIS POETS by Brian Blyth Daubney. £5.00
No.2 EDWARD THOMAS AND JOHN IRELAND by Colin Scott-Sutherland. £5.00
No.3 ARNOLD COOKE by Eric Wetherell. £5.00
No.4 GOODNIGHT TO FLAMBORO’ - Life and Music of WILLIAM BAINES by Roger Carpenter. £10.99
No.5 PARROTTCISMS The Autobiography of Ian Parrott. £8.99
ASPECTS OF BRITISH SONG by Brian Blyth Daubney. £6.00
BRITISH CHORAL MUSIC by Lewis Foreman. £8.95
BRITISH COMPOSER PROFILES (second edition). £5.00
BRITISH OPERA IN RETROSPECT. £6.00
GRANVILLE BANTOCK Pagan Symphony (Facsimile). £15.00
GRANVILLE BANTOCK Song of Songs (Vocal Score). £12.50
*Members' discounts do not apply to scores. Special rates apply for postage overseas.