Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953), Composer
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Born in Streatham, he settled in Dublin in 1911 and drew on the customs and legends of the west of Ireland to write stories and compose music. His music first came to notice when Sir Henry Wood conducted his orchestral tone poem In the Faery Hills at the 1910 Promenade Concerts. Friend to many republicans, he responded to the Easter Rising of 1916 with In Memoriam. He was influenced by the Celtic revival in the arts and gained recognition with symphonic tone poems such as The Garden of Fand (1913) and Tintagel (1917). Considered to be a leading British composer after the success of his first symphony (1922), Bax was knighted in 1937.
by Elsie Gordon
sepia bromide print, circa 1930