Dunhill on Ireland

In 1936 an article in the Times exercised Thomas Dunhill to write to the paper in support of John Ireland. The reason for this was the assertion that of contemporary English composers, only Bax had written piano music treating the instrument consistently s a vehicle for the expression of serious musical thought. Dunhill took issue with this, and his published letter praises the ‘beauty and exceptional realization of the true characteristics of the instrument’ shown in Ireland’s piano music, indeed going even further to describe him as ‘one of the most distinguished and inspired of living writers of music for the piano’ (Times, 12 September 1936, p. 8).

The Sonatina is one of these distinguished and inspired works, as beard HERE.

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