Wood, Haydn

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Wood, Haydn (b Slaithwaite, Yorks., 1882; d London, 1959). Eng. composer and violinist. Won Cobbett Prize with Phantasy Qt., also wrote pf. conc., vn. conc., 9 orch. rhapsodies, 7 song-cycles, and about 200 songs. It is on these last that his fame chiefly depends, for they incl. Love's Garden of Roses (1914), A Brown Bird Singing (1922), and Roses of Picardy (1916) which gained poignancy from its associations with First World War. (He pronounced Haydn with the ‘Hay’ as in hay-making, not as in the composer after whom he was named).