Warlock, Peter

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Warlock, Peter Gender: M
Philip Arnold Heseltine
born on 30 October 1894 at 15:55 (= 3:55 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 07°14' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 00°27 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 17°46'


British composer and music critic. The Warlock alias, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle.

As a schoolboy at Eton, Heseltine came under the spell of the British composer Frederick Delius, with whom he formed a close friendship. After a failed student career in Oxford and London, Heseltine turned to musical journalism, while developing interests in folk-song and Elizabethan music. His first serious compositions date from around 1915. Following a period of drift and inactivity, a positive and lasting influence on his work arose from his meeting in 1916 with the Dutch composer Bernard van Dieren; he also gained creative impetus from a year spent in Ireland, studying Celtic culture and language. On his return to England in 1918, Heseltine began composing songs in a distinctive, original style, while building a reputation as a combative and controversial music critic. During 1920–21 he edited the music magazine The Sackbut. His most prolific period as a composer came in the 1920s, when he was based first in Wales and later at Eynsford in Kent.

Through his critical writings, published under his own name, Heseltine made a pioneering contribution to the scholarship of early music. In addition, he produced a full-length biography of Delius and wrote, edited, or otherwise assisted the production of, several other books and pamphlets. Towards the end of his life Heseltine became depressed by a loss of his creative inspiration; he died in his London flat of coal gas poisoning on 17 December 1930, probably by his own hand.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Barry Smith, "Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine" (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994), pp. 2-3 which gives the date and place of birth and cites his horoscope for "Aries rising ... Mercury .... [and] ... Sun .... in Scorpio ... conjunction of Sun and Venus ... trine with Jupiter ... Moon in Sagittarius ... Neptune in Gemini ..." The horoscope also states that "A mental awakening in 1911 was the result of Mercury ... measuring by primary directions to the ascendant at about that date." A birth time is not given in the book, but a time of 3.55pm suggested by Scholfield gives a natal ascendant of 17 Aries, which Warlock's Mercury at 17 Sagittarius would have been trining in 1911 using Van Dam primary diections.


  • Personal : Death : Suicide (?)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (150 songs)
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Music)