“A Countryman Born & Bred” – £25 + £5p&p
EM Publishing complements the work of the English Music Festival and EM Records, in issuing books relating to unjustly overlooked British composers, and scores of music otherwise unavailable, thus furthering knowledge of, and accessibility to, these composers and their works.
Armstrong Gibbs was a major figure in the national music scene in the 1920s and 1930s, celebrated for songs, choral and orchestral music and chamber music, yet little has been written about him until now. In “Armstrong Gibbs – A Countryman Born and Bred”, the first comprehensive biography of the composer, Angela Aries evokes a charming and almost forgotten musical world, while Lewis Foreman surveys Gibbs’s very extensive musical output. The book also includes a complete list of Gibbs’s works, compiled by Michael Pilkington. The book has been prepared with careful reference to original sources and takes into account the very latest research as well interviews with those who knew Gibbs personally.