A letter from Gordon Rumson August 2000
Just a short time ago I received from the composer Denis
ApIvor a small booklet about his most recent composition. This is very
exciting and interesting for at least two reasons.
First, Denis ApIvor, who was born in 1916 and who has written
100 opus numbers of works in all genres, has not been able to compose
since about 1996 due to certain health issues. Now, he has recovered
his strength, taken up his pen and composed opus 101.
Second, the news is exciting because of the nature of the
work. It is entitled "The Trickster", with words by Philip Heseltine,
taking up an idea of Carl Jung and set for three singers and small ensemble.
Denis ApIvor, himself a song composer of great distinction, and who
is an authority upon the music of Heseltine/Warlock is perhaps ideally
suited to set these remarkable words by the young Heseltine written
The poem is amazing and ApIvor's program note is very intriguing.
Sadly, I have not yet seen the music, though I have asked
the composer to send me a copy at my expense. Further, I have offered
to assist in any way in the preparation of the parts. Let us hope that
a performance/recording can take place as soon as possible.
Someone said to me that Denis ApIvor has the heart of a
lion. His commitment to his art in spite of almost total disinterest
is in itself proof of an almost reckless energy. Yes, I am a fan¹,
but do not think I am a fool about this. ApIvor writes excellent music.
Let us hope more of it will be heard.
All best wishes,
Pianist and composer
"It speaks volumes that our culture places its prosperity
in the hands of nothing better than a bunch of crapshooters in the stock
market." Gordon Rumson
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