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Rubbra

(ˈrʌbrə)
n
(Biography) (Charles) Edmund. 1901–86, English composer of works in a traditional idiom
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O Gladsome Light is a collection of sacred songs, hymns and meditations by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and his pupil Edmund Rubbra.
Even Lambert's most pugnacious champions cannot legitimately rank him alongside Elgar, Delius, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax, Edmund Rubbra, and Walton himself.
He offers support for a prevailing idea that an opening germ cell spawns the ensuing material (a single eight-note chord, whose pitch names Town argues may form an acrostic for Rubbra and his loved ones) and adds a new interpretation stressing the work's modal character and use of chorales, aligning these with the tonal structures and chorale treatment in Bach's passions.
John Rose is a British composer born in London and educated in Cape Town, London, and Oxford, where he studied with Edmund Rubbra.
The varied programme will include works from across the ages by composers ranging from Monteverdi, Tavener and Bach to Rubbra, Stanford and Swayne.
During the early years of the twentieth century the number of composers who took an interest in English traditional song increased, as men such as Frederick Delius, George Butterworth, Ernest Moeran, Edmund Rubbra, Gerald Finzi, and Percy Grainger all discovered it for themselves and found ways to use it in their music.
Naxos continue to do us well with British music, with Martin Roscoe joining the Maggini Quartet for the Piano Trio of Edmund Rubbra.
Samuel Barber is part of a chapter entitled "American Beauty"; Edmund Rubbra is "On the Road to Emmaus"; and Ralph Vaughan Williams is an example of "Cheerful Agnosticism.
Quotations below from his letters to Joachimi are from translations made initially by Nigel Rubbra and revised by Peter Salt.
Those who enjoy the choral music of Ralph Vaughan Williams should enjoy this music of Finzi (and also of Rubbra, discussed below).
It would also be nice to see, in future editions, more entries relating to other types of fipple flutes used in Western art music, for example the bamboo pipe (the repertory for which includes music by such distinguished composers as Vaughan Williams, Rubbra and Howard Ferguson in England, and Roussel, Poulenc and Milhaud in France), and the flageolet (much used by Jullien and others in early nineteenth-century dance music).
John Gough Goldfield Ensemble St Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester Music Society celebrated the end of its 85th anniversary season with a blockbuster double-bill of English chamber music, with afternoon and evening concerts on April 18, the hardworking Goldfield Ensemble taking us through works by Howells, Bliss, Rubbra, Ireland , Bridge and Ian Venables, as well as giving the world premiere of the Piano Quartet by Christopher Boodle.