Tag Archives: Deryck Cooke Archive

Reverting to Type. . .

On reflection, it isn’t really surprising that so many of the items forming the Deryck Cooke Archive are undated and even unidentified. Not only was Cooke’s death in October 1976 sudden and unexpected, but his workload in those last years … Continue reading

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In Defence of Delius: Introducing the ‘Deryck Cooke Delius Bibliography’

For thirty years after WWII, Deryck Cooke (1919-76) was a leading advocate for the music of Bruckner and Mahler – and, in spite of his premature death, lived long enough to see both composers accorded a prominent place in Britain’s … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Special: MusiCB3’s Guide to Dating

Dating can be difficult: everyone knows that. In the mad whirl that is the ‘dating game’, it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for, and often you end up making do with a situation that is a … Continue reading

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Mahler’s Tenth Symphony: An Unexpected Gap – Part II

In the first episode of this musical mystery story, readers were told something of the history of Deryck Cooke’s famous ‘performing version’ of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony – and learned of the Library’s unhappy discovery that Cooke’s own copy of … Continue reading

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Mahler’s Tenth Symphony: An Unexpected Gap…

Among the most important items in the Deryck Cooke Archive (currently being processed and catalogued) are those relating to Cooke’s engagement with the music of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). In particular, there are the materials connected with his production of a … Continue reading

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Collecting Cooke (II)

Deryck Cooke’s book The Language of Music (O.U.P., 1959) has become such an icon of post-WW2 British musicology that one can easily forget that there was a time when it was brand-new – and readers up and down the country … Continue reading

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Collecting Cooke (I)

One of the most exciting consequences of placing information about an archival collection on the internet is the way it encourages private individuals with no academic affiliations to come forward and donate related materials that they have in their possession. … Continue reading

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