Life with Glorious John
The late Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) is still regarded as one of the most accomplished conductors of all time. In 1939 John married Evelyn Rothwell, the oboist whose collection of anecdotes and impressions from her memories of life with John are wonderfully woven together here in this book. Evelyn recalls John's humble origins, which she juxtaposes with her own childhood and follows the making of Sir John's career with the events of his personal life. 'Life with Glorious John' offers a unique insight into the life and mind of a celebrated conductor. Barbirolli's impression upon 20th century musical life is extraordinary and Evelyn's intimate portrait brings his contribution to classical music vividly to life.
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Johns Family and Early Life
Evelyns Country Childhood
The Birth of a Conductor
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