One of the most significant composers of the Edwardian Era was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who died on 1 September 1912 aged 37. His most famous composition was the Hiawatha Suite (1899-1900), though his large musical output also included incidental music for plays produced by Beerbohm Tree. To honour the 100th Anniversary of his death this year, there is a year-long Festival in Croydon. For more information on this please see the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network.
Coleridge-Taylor’s biographer Jeffrey Green (‘Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Musical Life’ – Pickering & Chatto 2011) has also written ‘Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration’ (History & Social Action Publications 2012).
Listen to the Hiawatha Suite here.