(b Edinburgh, 1895; d Worthing, 1951). Scot. composer and critic. Settled in London 1915. Joint ed. with Philip Heseltine of periodical The Sackbut. Mus. critic Nation and Athenaeum 1925–30, Daily Telegraph 1928–32, Manchester Guardian 1932. Wrote 3 operas to his own libs.: Deirdre, Temptation of St Anthony, and The Trojan Women. Wrote lib. on Gesualdo for opera by Walton, but no mus. was comp. His reputation rests on his books, which incl. A Survey of Contemporary Music (1924), Carlo Gesualdo, Musician and Murderer (with P. Heseltine) (1926), History of Music (1928), Sibelius (1931), Peter Warlock (1934), Predicaments (1936), and Contingencies (1947).
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.