But the backstory of one John Ireland composition contains perhaps his only hint of drama. At about age 50 he had apparently fallen in love with a 19 year old pianist for whom he wrote and to whom he dedicated his only concerto, for piano. And though she premiered the piece, she didn’t return his affections, married an architect and moved to Australia. Spurned, Ireland rescinded the dedication. It was an immediate success and for decades was called the finest British piano concerto and performed regularly by the greatest British pianists. John Ireland’s Piano Concerto in E-Flat major is today’s Midday Masterpiece at 2:00 pm.
September 12, 2022