Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Other Brian Croziers

Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Other Brian Croziers

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THE OTHER BRIAN CROZIERS By Brian Crozier Claridge Press ISBN 1-870626-64-8 325pp Softback with free CD L15

Brian Crozier, who was born in Australia in 1918, has certainly lived a life of variety and accomplishment. Ten years ago, when his autobiography shed no little light on aspects of his journalistic and political "behind-the-scenes" life, readers were left in some awe as to the range and depth of his socio-political insights. With this new book, the Other Brian Croziers are set before us. It begins with a fragment of autobiography, outlining the first 30 years of his life, in which he incorrectly gives the date of the Wembley Empire Exhibition as 1925 - it was 1924 - followed by a remarkable collection of his relatively youthful poems, in English, and a similarly large group of original poetical works in French, all written between 1933 and1943. Then follow English translations of the French writings. Brian Crozier is also a gifted painter, and here are 17 full-colour reproductions of his canvasses from the 1940s, all of which have been exhibited in Britain and/or Australia.

Thus far, thus interesting, but what makes this collection relevant for readers of this journal is that Brian Crozier is also a composer and pianist. He won a scholarship in the 1930s to Trinity College of Music, where he studied for a while under Henry Geehl, and the CD included in this book has 23 of Crozier's relatively short pieces for solo piano composed between 1932 and 1946, played by Gordon Fergus-Thomson. …

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