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Clark, Edward, 1888-1962



  • Existence: 1888 - 1962


Edward Clark (1888-1962) was an English conductor and music administrator who championed new music and innovative radio and concert programming. He helped found the BBC Symphonic Orchestra in 1929 and his radio programs featured the likes of Stravinsky, Bartók, Hindemith and members of the Second Viennese School as well as British composers Vaughan Williams, Bridge, and Van Dieren. His work with the International Society of Contemporary Music, for which his was secretary and president from 1936-1952, and a principal founder of the Association of British Musicians were especially influential in promoting new music in Britain and abroad. While his lack of administrative prowess caused many to undervalue his contributions and tarnished his reputation, he was none-the-less profoundly influential on the development of the British musical scene in the twentieth-century.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Edward Clark papers

Identifier: Clark

The collection contains concert programs, lecture notes, biographical materials on Edward Clark and Elisabeth Lutyens, notebooks, photographs, and a certificate of award. There are groups of materials focused on organizations with which Clark was associated, and materials related to Clark's slander lawsuit against composer Benjamin Frankel.

Dates: 1888 - 1962