Bax, Arnold

Alternative names
Birth 1883-11-08
Death 1953-10-03

Biographical notes:

English composer.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3), 2 of them partly in Gaelic, dated : [London], to Keith, [n.y.] Apr. 30 and [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270672058

Composed ca. 1921. Published in Volume I, number 3 (November 1, 1921) of the magazine Fanfare, a Musical Causerie, edited by Leigh Henry and published by Goodwin & Tabb, London.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Fanfare (Hasting [sic] at dawn) / Arnold Bax ; edited and arranged by Arthur Cohn. [1943] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 43256640

Epithet: alias 'Sheila McCarthy', al 'Dermot O'Byrne', composer

Title: KCVO

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000834.0x00026d

Arnold Edward Trevor Bax was born in Streatham, London on 8 November 1883. He received his musical education from the Hampstead Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst at the Academy he won the Battison Haynes prize for composition in 1902, and the MacFarren scholarship for composition, which he held until he left the Academy in 1905. He gave his first public appearance as a composer at St. James Hall in 1902. In 1910 Bax was elected an associate and in 1920 a fellow of the Academy.

Bax composed many works including, The Garden of Sand 1916, The Tale the Pine Trees Knew , 1931 and the Cello Concerto , 1932. Bax's reputation as a composer brought him many honours. He was knighted in 1937. He also received honorary degrees from Oxford University 1934, Durham 1935 and the National University of Ireland 1947. He died in Cork, Ireland on 3 October 1953.

From the guide to the Bax, Sir Arnold Edward Trevor, 1934, (Senate House Library, University of London)


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