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Felix Swinstead

(b. London 1880, d. Suffolk 1959)

Swinstead has fallen victim to ‘fashion’ in music. His music is rarely performed now, but stays in the memory of those who learned the piano in the years either side of the Second World War. Swinstead’s music is notable for its sensitive and delicate qualities and its compositional mastery, even if the musical and emotional content has been overtaken by particularly jazz idioms for young pianists.

The thirty-four pieces that he wrote for Mrs. Curwen’s celebrated ‘Piano Method’ are fine examples of his ability to write to a ‘brief’–in this case either the Primo or Secondo part is in the five finger position.