Books, articles and talks about Robert Simpson
TONIC, the Journal of the Robert Simpson Society. Volumes 1–24 are available online as PDF files. They contain 71 articles about or in association with Robert Simpson.
Robert Simpson: Composer – Essays, Interviews, Recollections
The Power of Robert Simpson – A Biography
by Donald Macauley, Xlibris (2013).
ISBN-13: 9781479794379 (PB); 9781479794386 (HB); 9781479794393 (eBook).
Robert Simpson Lecture
by Malcolm MacDonald, Wigmore Hall, 2000. Transcribed in TONIC, Vol.15, p3–12.
The Symphonism of Robert Simpson
Simon Phillippo, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Cambridge, 2000.
An introduction to the String Quartets of Robert Simpson
Callum MacDonald. Recorded talk with musical examples, Dunelm Records Ltd (1999) CD (DRD0110). Available here.
Symphonic Momentum and Post-Tonal Dramas: Robert Simpson’s First Symphony
Simon Phillippo. Tempo, No.209, July 1999, p2–6. Reprinted in TONIC, Vol.15, p13–18.
Assessing Robert Simpson: The Perpetual Striver
Simon Phillippo. The Musical Times, Vol.139 No.1865, Winter 1998, p25–30. Preview.
Robert Simpson’s Third Symphony: Sources and Influences
Martin Ratcliffe, Ph.D. dissertation, Royal Holloway College, University of London (1998). Abstract.
Conflict, Momentum and the Will of the Tonalist
Simon Phillippo, M.Phil. dissertation, University of Cambridge, 1997.
Robert Simpson’s Symphonic Appetite
The Symphonies of Robert Simpson
Edited by Robert Matthew-Walker, Alfred Lengnick & Co. Ltd. London (1991).
ISBN-10: 1873343043, ISBN-13: 9781873343043.
Robert Simpson: our Major Symphonist
Robert Matthew-Walker. Musical Opinion, Vol.114 No.1359, March 1991, p83–85.
Robert Simpson’s Tenth Symphony
John Pickard. The Musical Times, Vol.132 No.1775, January 1991, p703–705.
Robert Simpson as Symphonist
Matthew Taylor. Music and Musicians International, Vol.38 No.12, August 1990, p14–16.
Robert Simpson: his Fifth Symphony at the Proms
Mark Doran. The Musical Times, Vol.131 No.1770, August 1990, p422–423.
The symphonies of Robert Simpson
John Pickard, Ph.D. thesis, Prifysgol Bangor University (1989). Abstract.
Robert Simpson’s Ninth Symphony
Lionel Pike. Tempo, No.170, September 1989, p19–23. Reprinted in TONIC, Vol.3 No.2, p7–13.
Robert Simpson’s Ninth
Stephen Johnson. The Musical Times, Vol.128, April 1987, p196–199. Reprinted in TONIC, Vol.3 No.3, p7–13.
Robert Simpson’s New Way (String Quartet No 8)
Lionel Pike. Tempo, No.153, June 1985, p20–29. Reprinted in TONIC, Vol.3 No.3, p15–29.
Northcott on Simpson
Tempo, No.135, December 1980. Reprinted in TONIC, Vol.1 No.2, p16–19.
Robert Simpson, 50th Birthday Essays
Edited by Edward Johnson, Triad Press, London (1971).
Articles written following Simpson’s death on November 21 1997 may be found on the Obituaries and Tributes page