Ruth Gipps: Anti-Modernism, Nationalism and Difference in English Music, by Halstead,Jill
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- ISBN: 9780754601784 | 0754601781
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 3/28/2006
When Ruth Gipps died in 1999, her legacy was as one of Britain's most prolific female composers. Gipps's talents were acknowledged but not always respected and she was a figure often dogged by controversy. In the first major review of her life and work the importance of Ruth Gipps is established in two ways: first, as a pioneering woman composer and conductor whose work challenged prevailing attitudes in the era directly after the war and second, as a composer whose musical philosophy was often at odds with mainstream thinking. Although she was branded a reactionary, her position reveals a number of important counter currents in English musical life in the twentieth century.