Cambridge University Library

Deryck Cooke Archive

Literary works

Books and book chapters

The number of books published by Cooke in his lifetime is not large (though The Language of Music is, of course, a classic in its field). Other works, however, were planned: Cooke appears at various times to have agreed to write full-scale studies of Delius, Vaughan Williams, and Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen; but little exists in the Archive that can be considered material for the first two projects --; and the third, a long way from completion at the time of his death, was published posthumously as a fragment (See I Saw the World End, below). Cooke is known to have written an entire chapter for Vol. 10 of The Oxford History of Music which, following a dispute, was not used.

The Language of Music (OUP, 1959) [Item held in the UL as M824.c.95.6]

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): A Companion to the BBC's Celebrations of the Centenary of his Birth (BBC, 1960) [Item held in the UL as M515.c.95.149]

‘Chorus and Symphony: Liszt, Mahler, and After’: Chapter 14 of Choral Music: A Symposium, ed. Arthur Jacobs (Penguin, 1963) [Item held in the UL as M696.d.95.2]

'Anton Bruckner (1824-96)', in The Symphony, Vol. 1: Haydn to Dvořàk, ed. R. Simpson (Penguin, 1966) [Item held in the UL as M674.d.95.14]

Rudolph Reti: Thematic Patterns in Sonatas of Beethoven, ed. Deryck Cooke (Faber, 1967) [Item held in the UL as M616.c.95.29]


'Wagner's Musical Language': Chapter 7 of The Wagner Companion, ed. Peter Burbidge and Richard Sutton (Faber, 1979) [Item held in the UL as M520.c.95.270]

I Saw the World End: A Study of Wagner's ‘Ring’, ed. Colin Matthews (unfinished text of 360pp.; Clarendon Press, 1979) [Item held in the UL as M706.d.95.20]

Gustav Mahler: An Introduction to His Music (includes opening essay from Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), above; remaining text assembled from Cooke's programme notes and articles), ed. Colin and David Matthews; Faber, 1980) [Item held in the UL as M515.c.95.149]

Vindications: Essays on Romantic Music; with a memoir of the author by Bryan Magee (posthumous collection of essays and broadcast scripts; Faber, 1982; repr. 2008) [Item held in the UL as M487.c.95.16]

'Anton Bruckner': chapter in Late Romantic Masters, ed. Stanley Sadie (part of the 'Composer Biography Series' of off-prints from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980); Macmillan, 1985) [Item held in the UL as M477.d.03.23]

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