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Stephen Walsh

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Stephen Walsh is a leading English writer and broadcaster on classical music, the author of several books on Igor Stravinsky including a major two-volume biography, a large-scale study of the Russian nationalist group of composers known as the kuchka or Mighty Handful, and most recently a highly praised biography of Claude Debussy. He was born at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, in 1942, but was brought up in London and went to school at St Paul’s, then took a music degree at Caius College, Cambridge. He was for many years deputy music critic of the Observer, and a regular reviewer for The Times, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and, more recently, The Independent. He now writes for a leading arts website, From 1976 to 2013 he was a lecturer, then professor on the music faculty at  Cardiff University, and is now an Emeritus Professor of that university.

His latest book, The Beloved Vision, a history of nineteenth-century musical romanticism, was by Faber in 2022.

Author photo © Mary Walsh

The Beloved Vision

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