An appreciation of Constant Lambert by Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal.
It's inordinately difficult to resuscitate such lost souls, but Stephen Lloyd gives it his very best shot in "Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande," a 622-page biography published this month by Boydell Press that's as close to definitive as a biography can be. Mr. Lloyd gets absolutely everything right, including the gossip (among other exotic things, Mr. Lambert was a longtime lover of Margot Fonteyn, the celebrated English ballerina) and the dirty limericks (he wrote some of the funniest ones ever, none of them printable here). Far more important, Mr. Lloyd makes a compelling case for Mr. Lambert's continuing significance. He was a powerfully individual composer, an amazingly talented conductor and one of the most quotable critics ever to put pen to paper