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Dr phil Jürgen Schaarwächter

Contents These articles all derive from the Havergal Brian Society Newsletter, those marked * do not appear on this website


Life and personality

Havergal Brian - as I knew him - Harold Truscott
* A voice from the past - Bertram B. Walker
Havergal Brian and Elgar - Philip Scowcroft
* "Dear Crusoe . . . always your Freitag": the Brian letters at McMaster University - Malcolm MacDonald
* Friendship with Havergal Brian - Walter Allum
* Aspects of Brian - Reginald Nettel (with an excursus by Godfrey Berry and comments by Malcolm MacDonald, John Aldridge, Robert Timlin and Godfrey Berry)
Havergal Brian’s productive discontinuity - John Pickard (with a comment by Martyn Becker)
* Havergal Brian talking to Robert Simpson and Jeffrey Anderson


  • Havergal Brian’s letter to Herbert Thompson: some implications - Malcolm MacDonald
    The Gothic: music and meaning - _Malcolm MacDonald (with a comment by Larry Alexander)
  • The Gothic_ revisited - Christopher J. Kettle
    Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in relation to Brian’s First - Paul Rapoport
    Robert Simpson in conversation with Stephen Johnson _ Havergal Brian’s _Second Symphony - Graham Saxby _ Brian’s _Third Symphony - Martyn Becker
    Havergal Brian’s Sinfonia Tragica - Martin O’Leary
    Thoughts on Havergal Brian’s Seventh Symphony - Harold Truscott
    Brian and Mahler: four symphonies in comparison - Martin O’Leary
    Havergal Brian’s Thirteenth Symphony - not unlucky 13! - Tim Shuker
    Havergal Brian’s _Fourteenth Symphony - an alternative view
  • Rodney Stephen Newton
    *_ Preparing Brian’s scores for performance _- Myer Fredman/Robert Simpson
    *_ Arcadia v. Elysium: some thoughts on _Symphony No. 27 - Barry Cronin _ Some thoughts on the 30th _- Rodney Stephen Newton
    *_ Havergal Brian and the single-movement symphony _- Harold Truscott_


  • Havergal Brian’s large-scale choral works before 1914-- a preliminary investigation, _Neil Starling (with comments on Psalm 23 by Larry Alexander and Malcolm MacDonald)
  • Cleopatra’s_ Librettist - Reginald Nettel
    Havergal Brian and The Tigers - Granville Bantock _ Let the Roar of the _Tigers be Heard in the Land _. . . - Malcolm MacDonald
    *_ Brian’s impatient _Tigers - Martyn Becker
    *_ Brian’s word-setting _- Mike Smith _ Havergal Brian and the bare 5th _- Rodney Stephen Newton (with a comment by Ted Heaton) _ Havergal Brian’s solo piano music _- Harold Truscott/Peter Hill _ Havergal Brian and the percussion section: a broad survey _- Rodney Stephen Newton
    *_ Brian, Mahler, Shostakovitch and Schoenberg: some idle thoughts _- Christopher J. Kettle (with comments by Larry Alexander and Malcolm MacDonald) _ The Brian revival _- Robert Simpson_

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