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The wit, wisdom and womanising of Constant Lambert

A review of Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande, by Stephen Lloyd. Constant by name, but not by nature

24 May 2014

9:00 AM

24 May 2014

9:00 AM

Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande Stephen Lloyd

The Boydell Press, pp.584, £45, ISBN: 9781843838982

We owe Constant Lambert (1905–1951) a huge amount, and the flashes of brilliance that survive from his short life only suggest the energy with which he established the possibilities for English culture. What we remember about this extraordinary man are some delightful pieces of music, especially The Rio Grande; the funniest and most cultivated book about contemporary music ever written, Music Ho!; and a few surviving recordings of his work as a conductor.

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