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Eric Fishwick by Dr Stanton Fisher: A Review


ERIC FISHWICK: AN APPRECIATION | reviewed by Treble Clef

Renewed interest in the composer Eric Fishwick - a consequence of the recent Irina Legova led Thrupiece Philharmonic Orchestra's concert devoted to two of his major works - continues apace and to take advantage of the public's appetite, The Royal Dorset Academy of Music (in conjunction with the Threadbone Press) have reissued last year's pioneering account of his life by esteemed musicologist and financial claims expert Dr Stanton Fisher.

Eric Fishwick: An Appreciation is the first in depth account of this elusive and surprisingly un-influential composer. Beginning with his early life in West Yorkshire, Dr Fisher magisterially reconstructs - from diverse sources - the story of Fishwick's life during and after the First World War, his encounter with the major European composers of the day and his startling collapse into near total silence for more than 30 years following the emigration of his elder sister Sissy to Lancashire. Charting with great sensitivity the composer's compositional struggles as well as the relationships of his maturity, this bold account also locates Fishwick's political activities in the context of his turbulent times, troubled boyhood and gritty working-class origins. Especial attention is devoted to the genesis of the late work "Wortley Hall": perhaps his orchestral masterpiece. Dr Fisher's magisterial reconstruction of its origins and germination provides us with the most convincing account yet of the sudden burst of creative activity which followed his visit to West Dorset in 1958.

Eric Fishwick: An Appreciation is the ideal companion to the composer's music and a must-read for those intending to purchase the greatly anticipated recording of his two major works (A Yorkshire Symphony and Wortley Hall) due from Deutsche Grammophon and Hornimint Records later this year.

The volume is available as a printed paperback, digital download and flipbook™.

Digital Download available HERE

Digital flipbook™ available HERE


Eric Fishwick: A Surprisingly Ineffective Compositional Voice

Eric Fishwick: A surprisingly ineffective compositional voice, he is the subject of a major appreciation by musicologist and financial claims advisor Dr Stanton Fisher.


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