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Peter Warlock

Born: 30th October 1894, London, England

Died: 17th December 1930, London, England

Nationality: English

Philip Arnold Heseltine known by the pseudonym Peter Warlock, was a British composer and music critic. The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle.

As a schoolboy at Eton College, Heseltine met the British composer Frederick Delius, with whom he formed a close friendship. After a failed student career in Oxford and London, Heseltine turned to musical journalism, while developing interests in folk-song and Elizabethan music.

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Interview, Anna Harvey and Mark Austin on the songs of Warlock and Howe

The mezzo-soprano and pianist talk about their new album of English song from two unique musicians - the Tudor-inspired Peter Warlock and the contemporary composer Frederick Howe.

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