Thursday, 27 August 2015

Humphrey Searle

Another centenary has passed by nearly unnoticed: Humphrey Searle was born on 26th August 1915. One would have thought that Radio 3 or the Proms would have made more of the occasion, especially as either side of the war Searle was one of the BBC's own. I couldn't take much twelve-tone music, but I do remember Searle's Le Photo du Colonel, based on a play by Ionesco, as an opera where the humour shone through.

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