Peter Warlock


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Name:Peter Warlock

Dates:1894 - 1930

Profession:Performing Arts

Address: 30 Tite Street, SW3

Dates at address:1928 - 1930


Philip Arnold Heseltine was born at the Savoy Hotel, London. He studied at Cologne and briefly at Oxford and London University and was inspired by his friend Frederick Delius. From 1917 to 1918 he studied the occult in Dublin, taking the name Peter Warlock. He married model Minnie “Puma” Channing in 1916 and they had a son.

Quitting university to become the Daily Mail music critic in 1915 he quit the job after only four months. After a year working with DH Lawrence he returned to London and met up with Bernard van Dieren, developing a new musical style. In Dublin he composed his first major songs, including Take, O Take These Lips Away. From 1920 to 1921 he founded and edited The Sackbut music journal but was sacked for his excessively controversial editorials. He then started to compose seriously, producing over 100 songs, including piano accompaniments, choral and orchestral pieces and folk music. He also edited Elizabethan and Jacobean transcripts and wrote Frederick Delius, The English Ayre and Carlo Gesualdo: Musician and Murderer.

Warlock’s unsettled life saw him living in many places across Britain, including Dublin, Kent, Sussex and various parts of Wales. However, he regularly returned to London. His last home was in Tite Street, where the depression that had haunted his life became uncontrollable and he was found dead from coal-gas poisoning.

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