Peter Warlock

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Peter Warlock was the pseudonym of Philip Arnold Heseltine (30 October 1894 – 17 December 1930), a British composer and music critic. The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle.

As a schoolboy at Eton College, Heseltine met the British composer Frederick Delius, with whom he formed a close friendship. After a failed student career in Oxford and London, Heseltine turned to musical journalism, while developing interests in folk-song and Elizabethan music. His first serious compositions date from around 1915. Following a period of drift and inactivity, a positive and lasting influence on his work arose from his meeting in 1916 with the Dutch composer Bernard van Dieren; he also gained creative impetus from a year spent in Ireland, studying Celtic culture and language. On his return to England in 1918, Heseltine began composing songs in a distinctive, original style, while building a reputation as a combative and controversial music critic. During 1920–21 he edited the music magazine The Sackbut. His most prolific period as a composer came in the 1920s, when he was based first in Wales and later at Eynsford in Kent.

Through his critical writings, published under his own name, Heseltine made a pioneering contribution to the scholarship of early music. In addition, he produced a full-length biography of Delius and wrote, edited, or otherwise assisted the production of several other books and pamphlets. Towards the end of his life, Heseltine became depressed by a loss of his creative inspiration. He died in his London flat of coal gas poisoning in 1930, likely by his own hand.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Bacchanales Warlock, Poulenc, Arnold, Couperin, Bartók; Equale Brass 1
1988 Warlock Songs Peter Warlock; Benjamin Luxon, David Willison 1
1990 Moeran: Serenade in G / Nocturne / Warlock: Capriol Suite / Serenade Ernest John Moeran, Peter Warlock; Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Hugh Mackey, The Renaissance Singers 1
2001 English String Miniatures, Volume 2 Edward Elgar, Frank Bridge, Haydn Wood, John Ireland, Frederick Delius, Peter Warlock, Geoffrey Bush, Ralph Vaughan Williams; English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones 1
2003 The English Song Series, Volume 4: The Curlew / Lillygay / Peterisms, Sets 1 & 2 / Saudades Peter Warlock; Adrian Thompson, Christopher Maltman, John Constable, The Duke Quartet 1
British Music Collection Peter Warlock 1
Frostbound Wood (Allegri Singers) Peter Warlock 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 A Warlock Centenary Album Peter Warlock 1
2004 English Song Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir William Walton, Gustav Holst, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Peter Warlock, Sir Arnold Bax, Roger Quilter, Benjamin Britten; Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Della Jones, Christopher Maltman, Anthony Rolfe Johnson 1

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