Musical scores in manuscript of two versions of A Lyke-Wake: Border Ballad 1934.
Bax, Sir Arnold Edward Trevor
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 435
- Dates of Creation1934
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 volume
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Administrative / Biographical History
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.
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