Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been offered a contract by UK publisher Boydell & Brewer for his book Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography.
Ernest Newman (1868–1959) was Britain’s leading music critic in the first half of the twentieth century. Newman is best remembered as the author of definitive The Life of Wagner, published in four volumes published between 1933 and 1946.
But Newman was also renowned for other groundbreaking books including Gluck and the Opera (1895) and the controversial The Man Liszt (1935). From 1920–1958 Newman was chief music for the Sunday Times, where he achieved legendary status for his promotion of the music of Wagner and Berlioz and for his disinterest in atonal music and French music.
Dr Watt’s book charts the intellectual background to Newman’s life work by drawing out the influences in his work from English, French and German scholarship in literature, philosophy and history. Dr Watt argues that Newman’s diverse intellectual range marked him out as one of the leading music scholars of his generation, whose influence on the development of Anglophone musicology was substantial.
Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography will be published in 2017.
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