Talk:Arnold Bax

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No mention of the book based on the life of Arnold Bax, "Magister" by Jonathan Wylie? The main character, Edward Beck, is based on Bax. Interesting book, as it is a fantasy book with an historical base. Never heard of Arnold Bax before I read it! Maybe of interest for the page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:27, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Sorabji about Bax Symphonic Variations[edit]

Sorabji writes in Around Music about Bax Symphonic Variations: "It occasionally reaches a pitch of fantastic and imaginative beauty that Bax touches nowhere else except in The Garden of Fand. It is incontestably one of the finest concerted works of the present day"

Dates of Knighthoods[edit]

He was knighted twice: in 1937 as a knight bachelor, and in 1953 as a KCVO. I'm having trouble finding out the precise dates of the knighthoods. In particular, was the 1953 KCVO a Coronation Honour or a New Years Day honour, or was it made at some other time? JackofOz 02:02, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

This article appears to be just about identical to...[edit]

the article here:

all the way through to the Research and Scholarship section. Perhaps the same person provided both articles -- it's hard to tell.

Davesofnj 22:44, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

I'm surprised no one has commented on this since the similarity between the two articles is either a huge coincidence or an even larger copyvio, complicated by the fact there are virtually no in-line citations. How did something like this receive a B rating, let along stay in Wikipedia in the first place? Jonyungk (talk) 21:24, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
Umm, the site itself credits WP as the source. Magic♪piano 22:46, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
Umm ... whoops. Sorry 'bout that. Jonyungk (talk) 00:35, 27 March 2009 (UTC)


How do you pronounce this guy's last name? Does it rhyme with "tax"? Something tells me that's too easy. Westknife (talk) 17:37, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Tax, Flax, Bax... It really *is* that easy. Ronald Neame was on TV, a decade or so back, talking about the experience of recording the Oliver Twist score for David Lean. He said it the same way... and I have it on video...! Pfistermeister (talk) 23:09, 1 January 2009 (UTC)


The discussion about the reception is a bit thin - some Bax pieces had been recorded other than the symphonies, before the 1950s. Tintagel (at one time his most popular orchestral work) and the Nonet, to name but two. The "long-deleted" symphony was the Third, which was once a recurring item in Proms programmes, recorded in wartime with a British Council subsidy by the Halle and Barbirolli, and the other, on the "obscure label" the Fourth, recorded under the young Vernon Handley. Both might have ben credited properly. Delahays (talk) 15:12, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Composer project review[edit]

I've reviewed this article as part of the Composers project review of its B-class articles. This is a B-class article, mostly for stylistic (WP:MOS-related) reasons; fixing enough of those might get the article an A rating. My full review is on the comments page; questions and comments should be left here or on my talk page. Magic♪piano 14:39, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Arnold Bax/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Last edited at 14:37, 13 March 2009 (UTC). Substituted at 08:16, 29 April 2016 (UTC)


Would anyone happen to know exactly where Bax was born/lived in Streatham? I used to live there some years ago, literally just down the road from that Cynthia Payne, although I didn't know it at the time. Also, no mention of In a Vodka Shop in the article, considering he ended up living above a pub. >MinorProphet (talk) 00:25, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Lol it appears I used to live four streets away.  Done

Recent vandalism[edit]

Please protect this page? Victionarier (talk) 12:06, 18 March 2020 (UTC)