Henry Worrall (1825–1902): Anglo-American Guitarist

Robert Ferguson

Anglo-American guitarist Henry Worrall appeared on the American scene just as the guitar reached a plateau of popularity. As vital as the guitar itself, the prevailing social, philosophical, and aesthetic tenets of Worrall’s era also wove a unifying thread through his life, career, and oeuvre. His immersion in both the graphic and musical arts; his straddling of vernacular and high culture; his connection to nature and especially agriculture; his nationalist and regionalist sympathies; and his fondness for folk, popular, and heroic musical themes all drew from and evinced a Romantic worldview. Here, Ferguson discusses Worrall’s professional life.

Ferguson, Robert. 2016. “Henry Worrall (1825–1902): Anglo-American Guitarist.” Soundboard Scholar 2, (1).

Henry Worrall (1825–1902): Anglo-American Guitarist

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