Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, in the enormous diversity of his activities, is arguably the most complete musician. Not only does he have a remarkable 300 commissioned concert works to his credit, he has also contrived to lead several completely different musical lives. This book studies this gifted musician.
An Australian, Malcolm Williamson was the first non-Briton to hold the post of Master of the Queen's Music. He was appointed in 1975 as a composer. By the time of his death in 2003 he was unproductive and largely forgotten. This work tells his story, sifting fact from fiction and offering a case for re-evaluating this multi-talented musician.