Granville Bantock (1868–1946)

BookGranville Bantock (1868–1946)

Granville Bantock (1868–1946)

A Guide to Research

Clemson University Press


June 5th, 2020

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The book will contain location and descriptive details of Bantock's manuscripts that are extant, which will assist those looking to construct editions of those works which have remained in manuscript and updated editions of those works which were initially published nearly 100 years ago. A discography provides insight into the wide variety of recording companies that first served Bantock’s music. It also includes more recent and more highly refined recording sonics that help listeners hear these works in a much more solid balance and quality of sound than the multitude of 78 rpm recordings which form the initial recordings of any of Bantock’s pieces. Included in the book are sections which highlight academic theses and dissertations that discuss some of Bantock’s works. In addition citations of locations of many of Bantock’s letters still available for study are included.  An index that cross-references all of these details to the works which they highlight is a major help to the reader.


'A triumph for the advancement of Bantock scholarship, appreciation, and reappraisal... an invaluable reference document which will become the standard reference work and enrich ‘Bantock Studies’ for many years to come.'
John France, MusicWeb International

'Dressler has produced a monumental work… an essential tool for anyone contemplating a major book on Bantock’s music.'
Martin Lee-Browne, Mus Opinion

'The list of Bantock’s compositions is the most comprehensive to date [...] it serve[s] as a helpful resource that begins to fill an important gap in scholarship on British music.'
Jennifer Oates, NABMSA Reviews

Author Information

Dr. John C. Dressler, Professor Emeritus of Horn and Musicology, has been on the faculty of Murray State University since 1989. He continues to be active in the International Horn Society and the British Music Society as performer and author. For the BMS he currently serves as a new-recordings reviewer. His reviews appear in the BMS’s E-Newsletter issues since 2017. His bio-bibliographies on Gerald Finzi, Alan Rawsthorne, and William Alwyn have added updated information and data to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians articles on each. His most recent similar work on Granville Bantock provides seminal information for early twentieth-century British composer researches much of which is well above that provided in the New Grove article. Dressler’s next research project will focus on Eric Coates and his lasting importance in the area of Light Music.