From 1959 to 1972 William Glock, as Controller, Music, stamped his personality memorably on BBC Radio, gathering around him a talented staff that included emigrés and experts in Continental music new and old. Among the young recruits was Leo Black, an intelligent musician with an affinity for singers and Austro-German music. In his 28 years at the BBC - years that extended well beyond 1972 - Black learnt the system, worked with leading BBC figures and musicians, produced countless programmes and discovered his own identity. This memoir not only recalls 'the Glock Era and After' in a series of informative, poignant, witty and judicious vignettes, but is also a key text for understanding one of the great ages of British music. Includes illustrations by Milein Cosman.
Leo Black is the author of Franz Schubert: Music and Belief and Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist, both published by the Boydell Press.
These memoirs are valuable for the sense of context they cast on the personalities involved. [...] the reader [...] will find much to enjoy, and may well conclude that it attests to the integrity and care with which BBC music was done in the Glock era. MUSICAL TIMES
[An] intriguing and absorbing book. MUSIC AND LETTERS
First Published: 15 Apr 2010
13 Digit ISBN: 9780955608759
Imprint: Plumbago Books
BIC Class: AV
Details updated on 26 Feb 2015