Dr David Wright
David C F Wright was born in 1946, and is thought to be a relative of Sir Ivor Atkins, the organist at Worcester Cathedral for fifty years, and the conductor of the Three Choirs Festival. As a boy, David was a head chorister and sang solos in many cathedrals and at festivals. He learned the piano and organ and gave his first organ recital at the age of eleven. In his teenage years he played all the Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos at various Musical Festivals. In 1962 he met the composer Humphrey Searle and had private lessons with him and, later with Sir Adrian Boult, Pierre Boulez and Alan Rawsthorne. He received his BMus and DMus by study and examination.
Since 1961 David Wright has composed over 80 works from intimate chamber pieces to three symphonies, five string quartets, six piano sonatas, a violin concerto, an oboe concerto and concertante works for flute and piano and sonatas for solo violin, solo cello and for violin and piano and viola and piano respectively. He writes about music and specialises in less familiar composers. His String Quartet no 2, written for his Irish girl friend, won a prodigious prize as did his Piano Trio.
The purpose of this site is:
- to introduce readers to such composers
- to present the composers as human beings and not as gods or as infallible.
One of Dr Wright's famous saying is, "Some people would rather believe a beautiful lie than an ugly truth".
The composer Ruth Gipps wrote that she only met two truly sincere and knowledgeable musicians and one of those was David Wright. The Irish composers, Gerard Victory and James Wilson, have written similar sentiments.
Because Dr Wright has the original letters that Elgar wrote to his great uncle, he has produced a definitive article about Elgar which truths have upset Elgar fans.
David Wright has received many degrees and awards for his service to music. Composers and performers regularly seek his advice and many composers have dedicated works to him such as John Veale, Richard Hall, Reginald Smith Brindle, James Brown, Derek Bourgeois and Antonin Tucapsky.
Dr Wright's efforts have secured recordings of rare music. He has from his own resources produced CDs of world premiere recording of songs. He does not only write about music but pays to get performances.
Some people have complained that the articles deal too much with private lievs of the musicians concerned. But the essays are biographical.
A biography is the story of someone's life not just an aspect of his life. It reveals the person and all the important features of his life and those people who influenced that life.
A biography uses primary sources such as letters written by the subject and it uses secondary sources such as other person's writings or experiences.
It must contain what makes the subject interesting, famous or infamous and what kind of effect the subject had on the people of his time and since. It must include the life changing events in his life with its achievements and less honourable events Did the subject take risks or overcome obstacles? Was he honest or deceitful? Was he congenial or despicable? All these are the building blocks that make up his character.
What do people want to know about him? What matters about him have been suppressed and why?
A biography that leaves out important facts is a failure being incomplete and evokes a justifiable criticism of the author.
If, in a biography, it was left out that Schubert frequented brothels regularly and died of the resultant syphilis this would be failing in the representation of him because this was a major activity in his life. If is was omited that Chopin had a homosexual relationship with a young man called Titus and that Chopin was also a womaniser and abused women , it would be an adequate or incomplete biography.
Of course, one could choose to merely write about the music and nothing else but that would not make a biography.
There will be those who will still complain about the contents of a biography particularly when it is a composer that they like and so they assert that it does not matter if he was gay, a predator around women, anti-Semetic or that he sexually abused boys. What only matters is the music!
But a biography is not just about the music but the man and his life!
It must not be taken that the subject of these articles agrees with any other writings by Dr David Wright about composers, music or any other subjects. Each essay is both separate and individual and what is expressed in any other essay or essays does not mean that the subjects of his essay agrees with any statement or statements made elsewhere, that is to say in any article not about the particular subject in question.
David Wright has worked in the legal profession, industry and as a teacher of English, History and Music. He lectures on history and music often to challenge what may be existing wrong concepts. He works hard for children's rights and women's rights. He has conducted orchestras and choirs and is highly regarded, but he is also subject to libel and abuse by some devotees of composers because of the proven truths he writes about them. Some people would rather believe a beautiful lie than an ugly truth.
There are other writers on music who object to Dr Wright's articles out of jealousy and/or because his writings are scholarly, definitive and reliable and, consequently, other writers may feel diminished.
He has two daughters from his first marriage and, in recent years, has had major health problems.
He also writes on both moral issues and theology with a powerful but easy to understand style. Some of these writings, as well as his writings on music, are used in universities from the USA to New Zealand.
Dr Wright adds:
"I wish to make a disclaimer denying any responsibility for or knowledge of some matters including copyright. In both my articles and also in my own music I have not breached any copyright, If it is asserted that I have, then it has been both unintentional and innocent and if any breach has been made and proved to be a breach, then and in that case I will withdraw the article or the affected part of the article. Many articles on music and composers are in the public domain and in their original publication show no copyright symbol or clause. On CD review and other sites there are liberal quotes from various sources including CD sleeve notes. There are also photographs in the public domain which indicate no copyright claim or issue such as on Wikipedia. Where there have been doubts about copyright I have written to the publishers. It is noted that on many websites including those that review CD, there are quotes liberally from CD sleeve notes.
If any of my own music breaches any copyright and this is proved, then this too is unintentional and I will remove the article or the appropriate part of it.
Several of my articles have been reproduced in breach of copyright. I have noticed that articles written by me appear much later on CD sleeve notes.On my website I have written an article on copyright to show my concerns although this article may need updating."