Printed Text Bibliography

This section is very much work in progress. There are a number of references not included, and any which the reader feels must be added is invited to e-mail

[NEW] Antcliffe, Herbert, A decade of English song, Musical Quarterly, 1925
[subjects: The Reed Player, songs] [Archived]

Besant, Annie, Religion and music. ... Triplcane, Madras, on March 7th, 1908. Theosophist Office, Adyar, Madras, S. [Archived and in public domain]
[Possible inspiration to Foulds: physical influence of music; mantras]

Brown, Geoff. 'Mancunian Mantra man,' The times, 2004.11.05 [Archived]

Brown, Geoff, 'Requiem for a lost composer' The times online, 2007.11.09 [Archived]

Budgey, Andrea, Programme notes [Talisker Players], 2007 [Archived]

Clayton, Martin & Zon, Bennet, Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s-1940s, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. [pp.81-82 excerpt, Archived]

[NEW] Corleonis, Adrian, Review [of Gandharva-music], 2010? [Archived]

[NEW] Cowgill, Rachel, Armistice Day music in the interwar period Cardiff University, 2011
[subjects: World Requiem] [Archived]

[NEW] Duchen, Jessica, John Foulds: the true story,, 2011.11.09
[subjects: World Requiem, Maud Macarthy, India, theosophy] [Archived]

Duchen, Jessica, 'Composer John Foulds: The lost requiem', Independent online, 2007.11.07 [Archived]

Foulds, John. Music to-day, Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1934 [Archiving]

Foulds, John. 'A chat on ancient Greek music', The herald of the star, vol. v, part i, Hudson & Kearns, Hatfield, UK, 1916, pp.126-133 [Newly out of copyright. Added 2010.09]

Foulds, John. 'Toscanini's first visit to England. A critique and an appreciation,' The musical mirror, July 1931, p.181,194 [Newly out of copyright. Added 2010.09]

Foulds, John: 'Incidental music', The musical mirror and fanfare May 1931 [Newly out of copyright. Added 2010.09]

Foulds, John. 'Conducting and conductors', The musical digest, Winter 1947 (vol. 1, no.1), p.41-43 [Newly out of copyright. Added 2010.09]
Note that this article is only a copy of a section of p.90-94 of Foulds, Music-today (1934)

[NEW] France, John, 'John Foulds: Keltic lament', landoflostcontent, 2010.01 [Archiving]

Head, Raymond, 'Holst and India (III)', Tempo, new series, no.166, 1988.09, p.35-40 [Archived]
[subjects: Holst, bitonality, modality, Foulds, 'Maud Mann', India]

Head, Raymond, 'Holst - Astrology and modernism in The planets,' Tempo, 1993.12 [Archived]
[Subjects: Foulds (brief mention), Cyril Scott, Holst (Sanskrit, astrology, The Planets suite), Modernism (esp. Europe), theosophy, India]

Head, Raymond, [Review, Foulds: Essays in the modes, op.78... Kathryn Stott (piano), BIS CD 993], Tempo, New Series, No.213 (July 2000), pp.60-61 [Archived]

[NEW] Heffer, John, Composition for 1,250 musicians, Telegraph, 2007.03.31 [Archived]

[NEW] Heffer, Simon, A genius ignored for his politics, New Statesman, 2000.12.25 [Archived]

[NEW] Henry, Graham, How a composer's Remembrance Day anthem faded away, like the old soldiers he celebrated (Wales Online, 2011.11.09) [Archived]

Hewett, Ivan, 'John Foulds: The forgotten man of music', Daily Telegraph online, 2007.11.08 [Archived]

Holbrooke, Joseph, Contemporary British composers (London: Cecil Palmer, 1925) 'John Foulds' pp.215-221 [Archived]
[World requiem, The vision of Dante, The tell-tale heart, Epithalamium]

Hughes, Meirion & Robert Stradling. The English Musical Renaissance 1840-1940. Constructing a National Music (2nd edition. Manchester and New York. Manchester University Press, 1993, 2001) pp.197, 237-239, 247 [a great deal of comment, recommended, Archived]

Hull, Arthur Eaglefield. 'Foulds, John Herbert,' ed. Hull, A dictionary of modern music and musicians, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London, Toronto, 1924. p.162 [Archived and in public domain]

[NEW] Kirzinger, Robert, Program notes [BMOP concert, 2011.05.27], [Archived]

[NEW] Kumar, Mukesh, [HCDX] Radio In India,, 2004.04.30 [Archived]

MacDonald, Calum. 'John Foulds and the string quartet,' Tempo vol.132, March 1980, p.16-25 [rilm note] [Archived]

MacDonald, Malcolm. John Foulds: his life in music, Rickmansworth: Triad, 1975 [rilm note]
revised the following year for reprinting, and finally expanded in 1989. I have the 1989 version on order and am told that the works listings were revised, but more detailed information about condition and origin is sacrificed in favour of biographical and musical study. MacDonald, Malcolm John Foulds and his music Kahn & Averill, 1994 is a reference to the paperback version. Scroll down this page for MacDonald's 'bibliographical note' from p.104 of the 1975 edition

MacDonald, Malcolm. 'John Foulds (1880-1939) - the Cello Sonata and its context' British Music Society journal vol.20, 1998, pp.9-20 (ISSN 0958-5664 ISBN 1 870536 16 9) [Archived]

MacKenzie, John M., Orientalism: history, theory, and the arts (1995) pp.167-8 only [excerpt, Archived]

Mansell, James G. 'Musical modernity and contested commemoration at the Festival of Remembrance, 1923-1927' in The historical journal (2009), 52, pp.433-454 [Archived]
[Recommended for study of the background to and aftermath of The World Requiem.]

[NEW] Mansell, James, 'John Foulds: Manchester modernist', Magdalen College, 2006
[subject: modernism and Foulds's internationalism] [only abstract archived]

Mudgal, Shubha, 'The status of the harmonium', BBC, 2007.10.18 [Archived]

Oramo, Sakari, The forgotten man, The guardian, 2006.04.28 [Archived]

Pirie, Peter J. The English musical renaissance London. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1979, p.112 [single dismissive paragraph, Archived]

Porter, Bernard, The absent-minded imperialists [excerpt from p.262/416, Archived]

Reigle, Robert. 'Forgotten gems' mentions Foulds' quarter-tones and his inspirations [Archived]

Richards, Jeffrey, Imperialism and music. Britain 1876-1953, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001 [pp.158-9, pp.170-171 excerpts, Archived]

Scott, Stuart. 'John Foulds (1880-1939),' Composer (England) vol.74, Winter 1981, p.7-12 [rilm note]

Scott, Cyril, Music. Its secret influence throughout the ages, London: Rider & Company (1958) [revised edition; original published 1933] [p.133 excerpt, Archived]

Sen, Suddhaseel, 'The art song and Tagore: Settings by Western composers' in University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 77, Number 4, Fall 2008, [p.1115 excerpt, Archived]

Shepherd, John, Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and production, London: Continuum, 2003-2005, [p.307 excerpt, Archived]

Swann, Diana T. Gentlemen v. Players: Alienation and the Esoteric in English Music 1900-1939. Ph.D., Musicology, University of Southampton, 1998 [DDM note]

Tufnell, Lance. 'John Herbert Foulds (1880-1939). An appreciation' British Music Society journal vol.10, 1988 (ISSN 0143-7402 ISBN 1 870536 010) [Archived]

Van der Linden, Bob, 'Music, Theosophical spirituality and empire: the British modernist composers Cyril Scott and John Foulds', Journal of global history, 2008 (Vol.3), pp.163-182 [Archived]

Ward, David - The spine-tingler, The Guardian, 2007-11-01 [Archived]

Webb, Sydney, 'Quarter-tones,' letter to The musical times, vol.76, no.1103, 1935.1, pp.60-61 [Archived]

Wrobel, Bill [Blogging, gives details of Foulds music he noted in Superman television series] 2005 [Archived]

[unknown]. 'Obituary' The musical times, May 1939 (no.1155, vol.80), p.388 [Archived]

[Collected reviews of Oramo Mantras disc] [sourced from] [Archived]

BBC revives John Foulds' A World Requiem for Armistice Day, BBC press release, 2007.08.09 [Archived]

Fun Trivia : Schubert [Death and the Maiden] [accessed 2009] [Archived]

[NEW] Seminar on Indian Music & the West : November 29, 30 & December 1, 1996
Published by: Mumbai : National Centre for the Performing Arts, 1996
[Not archived: a copy in SOAS, London is reported missing ]

[NEW] New music. Choral music. Paxton, Musical times, 1935.12, p.1092
[subjects: Old wine, old books] [Archived and probably public domain]

[NEW] Wikipedia article on Elizabeth Lutyens (viewed 2012.01)
[subjects: Foulds as teacher, theosophy] [extract Archived and probably public domain]

Unverified references:

Tempo vol.146 September 1983, p.61-2
'John Foulds' cello conata' in Tempo December 1975
Scott, Stuart. 'John Foulds 1880-1939' Composer (England) vol.72 Spring or Winter (?) 1981, p.37
Stuart Scott's article 'John Foulds 1880-1939' in Composer (England) vol.80 Winter 1983, p.34 ?
[A review of MacDonald's book in American Record Guide, vol.53/4, 1990, p.156]

Foulds, John: 'Educational aspects of music' The English review vol.33 July to December 1921

Sources: The Music Index; RILM; Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online; Contact details for purhcase of British Music at Tore's Classical Website

Reproduction of MacDonald (1975), p.104


Apart from Foulds's own Music To-Day, the only article of any length on Foulds and his music is to be found on pp.215-221 of that seldom trustworthy but exasperatingly invaluable work of compilation and cantankerousness, Joseph Holbrooke's Contemporary British Composers (Cecil Palmer, 1925).

Foulds himself published two brochures, mainly reprinting press criticism: 'Some Press Opinions on Works by J. H. Foulds' (8pp, n.d. [probably 1915 or 16]) and one on his stage music (8pp, with frontispiece, n.d. [probably mid-1920's]). A copy of each is in B.M. Add. 56482.

The novelist Algernon Blackwood, best known for his stories of mystery and supernatural, wrote about the circumstances of composition of A World Requiem in his The Bright Messenger. Paxton's published a 'Critical Analysis' of the Requiem by W. H. Kerridge in 1923. Many years later, Maud MacCarthy published a pamphlet of extracts from letters received after the first performances, with a linking commentary by herself: 'A World Requiem by John Foulds (The First Festivals of Remembrance, London, 1923-4-5-6)' (8pp, n.d. [apparently c.1956] - copy in B.M. Add. 56482). The only recent account of the World Requiem is the few paragraphs devoted to it by Alec Robertson in his book Requiem (Cassell, 1967).

The Boy and the Brothers, written by Maud MacCarthy as Swami Omananda Puri (Gollancz, 1959), contains some biographical information on Foulds. She was a copious writer: chief among her other publications, though they have no direct connection with Foulds, are Poems by Tandra Devi (Srinagar, 1939, with woodcut illustrations by her son John Patrick Foulds) and Towards the Mysteries (London: Neville Spearman, 1968).

Apart from the above, and the odd mention of Foulds in other people's biographies - for instance in John Casson's memoir of his parents, Lewis and Sybil (Collins, 1972) - there are no other sources apart from Encyclopedia entries. The best of these is the entry in Eaglefield Hull's A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, 1924).

From Foulds, John: Music-today (1975 edition) p.60

In A dictionary of modern music and musicians (1924), and in the Encyclopædia Britannica (1929), as well as in various fugitive articles, I am accused of using 'third-tones': ('tertia-tones'). These are errors. The use of quarter-tones as above described is my only 'offence' in this branch of music.

References unverified as yet

Confirmation that Foulds is not mentioned in...

Hughes, Meirion, The English renaissance and the press 1850-1914: Watchmen of music, Ashgate Publishers Ltd., Aldershot, England, 2002. NB. Contents: Part 1: Writers from papers - the Times, Daily Telegraph, the Athenaeum , the Musical Times
Part 2: The watched: Sullivan, Parry Elgar. Presumably too early a span to catch the rise of Foulds' reputation

Bluntinstrument will be investigating these references for future updates.

Created 2002.12.28
Last updated 2003.5.22