Lennox Berkeley and his operas

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Winton Dean

 

Whatever happened to Lennox Berkeley's last composition, the opera Faldon Park? Why was it never finished? What was it about? Who commissioned it? And what might it have amounted to? The great Handel scholar, the late Winton Dean, a friend of Lennox since 1938, was in the best position to answer all these questions, as he wrote the libretto. In the last years of his life, as part of his projected memoirs, he wrote a long and detailed account, which he kindly allowed the Lennox Berkeley Society to post on our website. This essay is essential reading, not only for the light it throws on Faldon Park, but also because it reveals a great deal about some of Berkeley's other works – and about the composer himself.