Sir Henry J. Wood (1869-1944), co-founder and chief conductor of the Proms for nearly half a century, is often noted for his championing of the leading composers of the day, including Richard Strauss, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Less known is Wood's pivotal role in advocating and performing the music of J.S. Bach, much of which, incredibly, was unknown in England at the turn of the twentieth century.
Meticulously researched...Wood's vital role in the English Bach revival is revealed for the first time in all its considerable glory. FIVE STARS. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Engaging and meticulous...provides a vivid picture of the changing public taste as well as a chronicle of Wood's passion for a composer whom he brought into the mainstream...what a heroic tale this splendidly detailed book tells. Both in its story of Henry Wood's enthusiasm to build a public for great music, and its story of the changing reception of Bach, it is a fascinating contribution to the emerging history of the early music revival. GRAMOPHONE