A forgotten conductor’s centenarymain
A new friend has just reminded us that Norman Del Mar would have been 100 today.
He was a pivotal figure in British music, a pioneering conductor of Britten and Mahler, chief of the BBc Scottish and three times conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.
He was also a vitally important editor of major symphonic scores and a really thoughtful interpreter on record.
I happen to own several books from his library, with plentiful annotations, bought from a house-clearance dealer. He’s alive on my shelves. I wonder how many readers still remember him.
with US composer Marc Blitzstein, 1950