What is it about English music that attracts me? I’ve been reviewing my collection of CDs (about 4-500, haven’t counted) and English composers nearly eclipse all of the others. There’s Dowland, Dunstable, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, in abundance. Then there’s the twentieth century folk, RVW, Elgar, Britten, Malcolm Arnold, Richard Rodney Bennett, Peter Maxwell Davies, Arthur Bliss, Havergal Brian, Holst, Gerald Finzi, George Butterworth, George Lloyd and the newest, Jon Lord and The Durham Concerto.
I just wish there was enough musicologist in me to find out why.