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IRELAND, John Nicholson (1879-1962). Composer, organist and pianist.
Fine series of five Autograph Letters Signed to Philip Heseltine (1894-1930, composer), two addressing him as 'Warlock', 7 pages 4to & 8vo, 1928-1930.
Offering to play him his Sonatina and Ballade ('God help you'); lamenting the fact that he had composed only two songs in the last year; complaining of his work at the R[oyal] C[ollege] of M[usic] and on music juries ('60 pianists from 9 years old & onwards, of whom every 61 are bloody awful'); making, and breaking, arrangements to meet; thanking him for offering to write an article ('your opinion carries considerable weight'); discussing his Concerto, etc. etc.
'... Could we have a chat together at the Redcliffe one evening soon, & have a séance here afterwards, just ourselves. I hope you will like the concerto. It certainly sums up & solves everything I have done, it is not a work of the emotional stress of youth, or the result of conflict. It burns no incense at the ultra-modern shrine - but of course, I cannot play the piano part, & can only give you a vague idea of it. But I shd like you to see that, & one or 2 things I have in Mss before you write about my efforts. ...'
Philip Heseltine, who wrote his music under the name of Peter Warlock, had the unusual distinction of being born in the Savoy Hotel. His bohemian behaviour arose from an early interest in the occult, and his death, widely regarded as suicide was from coal-gas poisoning.
[No: 25101]


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