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The Music of Thomas Wilson: A Symposium

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The Music of Thomas Wilson: A Symposium, edited by Graham Hair. (Musica Scotica Historical Studies of Scottish Music, Vol 2)

Published by the Musica Scotica Trust 2004. 231pp.

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The Music of Thomas Wilson: A Symposium, edited by Graham Hair.  (Musica Scotica Historical Studies of Scottish Music, Vol 2)

Published by the Musica Scotica Trust 2004. 231pp.

Thomas Wilson (1927-2001) is widely considered to be the leading Scottish composer of his generation. He composed a substantial catalogue of symphonic, chamber, instrumental, choral and operatic works.

The current volume is a collection of essays on his output by musicologists, composers and performers, together with personal and biographical perspectives from former colleagues, family and friends. However, it is more than a ‘tribute’ volume. For the first time, an extended, considered, synoptic view of Thomas Wilson’s life work is offered here. It presents Wilson’s music in a degree of detail and at a depth which general books on the history of Scottish music and casual journalistic criticism during his lifetime inevitably could not achieve, for a public beyond that which academic theses and the like are intended to reach.

  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. A Handlist of Thomas Wilson’s Principal Works
  3. Innocence and Innovation: A Personal Insight into the Brass Band Repertoire of Thomas Wilson (Nigel Boddice)
  4. The Confession of a Justified Sinner: A Neglected Masterpiece Revisited (John Currie)
  5. Tender, Troubled Sequences (Martin Dalby)
  6. The Language of Thomas Wilson (John Maxwell Geddes)
  7. The Fantasia for Solo Cello: A Close Reading, with Reference to the Sketches and the Compositional Process (Graham Hair)
  8. Thoughts on Some of Thomas Wilson’s Chamber Music (Edward Harper)
  9. Confitemini Domino (John Hearne)
  10. A Note on the Solo Piano Music (Jack Keaney)
  11. The Violin Concerto (Ernst Kovacic)
  12. ‘Perfection of Form within Simplicity of Substance’: An Analysis of The Willow Branches for Mezzo-soprano and Piano (Vivienne Olive)
  13. ‘In Beauty Dangerously Poised’: The String Quartets (John Purser)
  14. Symphonic Form and the Antisyzygy: Symphony No 3 (Rondeaux…) (William Sweeney)
  15. The Guitar Concerto (Philip Thorne)
  16. The Piano Concerto (David Wilde)
  17. A Personal Memoir (Martin Baillie)
  18. Tom as Composers’ Ambassador at Home and Abroad (Sarah Rodgers)
  19. A Life in Music (Margaret Wilson)