Friday, 6 September 2013

Tchaikovsky's Byron

Itching to write my book on Romanticism, when I finally have time to finish the one on Ted Hughes. The cult of Byron will be a major part of it: had the pleasure of doing some work for this in the form of research on 19th century composers and their Byronmania (Berlioz, Schumann, Liszt), culminating in Tchaikovsky's Manfred symphony - brilliantly performed at last night's prom. Edited version of pre-show discussion was broadcast in the interval. Discussion of Byron in second half of this. Probably only on "Listen Again" for a week. But there is so much more to say ...

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