How a brilliant composer blew his talent on adminmain
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
… On the strength of these successes, he became the go-to man for running new colleges and foundations, the archetype Victorian administrator, upright, incorruptible and irredeemably conservative. He thought Verdi ‘immeasurably inferior’ to Rossini and struck Schumann off the Royal Academy syllabus. His own gift, such as it was, was crushed by his onerous public duties….
Read on here.