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Learmont Drysdale

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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 3796
Status: Available
Price: £125.00
  Learmont Drysdale

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Scottish composer.

After studying music theory privately (he applied to the Edinburgh Royal College of Music in 1883 but, bizarrely, was turned down due to lack of orchestration skills), Drysdale got his first job in 1887 in London, at the All Saints Church in Kensington, where he was de facto organist, choir master and concert organiser .

He returned to Scotland in 1904, teaching for a short time at the Glasgow Athenaneum, but spent the rest of his short life composing.

Like other Scottish composers of the time, his works are steeped in Scottish themes.

Examples include the overture Tam O’ Shanter (1890), the cantata The Kelpie(1891), the opera The Red Spider (1898), the tone poem A Border Romance (1904) and the cantata  Tamlane (1905). Other works include the operas Fionn and Tera (finished by David Stephen), Flora MacDonald, The Oracle, The Vikings and numerous songs and ballads. 

Drysdale was devoted to his mother and never married. She died suddenly in May 1909 of pneumonia. He was just finishing off his opera Fionn and Tera when he suddenly developed the same illness a month later. He died aged only 42 on the 18th June 1909.

This is a very fine musical quotation from his cantata The Kelpie, handwritten and signed in black ink, on a page from a birthday book. (October 3rd was his his own birthday). In excellent condition. EXTREMELY RARE.