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George Benjamin

(b. 1960)


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(b London, 1960).

Eng. composer, pianist, and conductor. Began pf. lessons at 7 and comp. when he was 9. Gave f.p. of Britten's Sonatina Romantica, Aldeburgh Fest. 1983. Research at IRCAM, Paris, 1984–7. Guest cond., Hallé Orch. Teacher at RCM. Prof. of comp., King's Coll., London, from 2001, CBE 2010. Works incl.:

orch.:

Altitude

, brass band (1977);

Ringed by the Flat Horizon

(1979–80);

At First Light

, chamber orch. (1982);

Fanfare for Aquarius

, chamber orch. (1983);

Antara

(with electronics) (1985–7, rev. 1989);

Cascade

(1990);

Helix

(1992);

Sudden Time

(1993);

Inventions

, chamber orch. (1995);

Dance Figures

(2004).

vocal:

A Mind of Winter

, sop. and small orch. (1981);

Jubilation

, orch. and mixed children's groups (1985);

Upon Silence

, mez., 5 viols (1990), mez., 2 va., 3 vc., 2 db. (1991);

Sometime Voices

, bar., ch., orch. (1996).

tape:

Panorama

(1985).

chamber music:

vn. sonata (1976–7); octet, fl. (picc.), cl., perc., celesta, str. (1978);

Flight

, fl. (1979);

Duo

, vc. and pf. (1980);

Viola, Violo

, 2 va. (1997);

3 Miniatures

, vn. (2001);

Olicantus

, ens. (2002).

piano:

pf. sonata (1977–8);

Sortilèges

(1981);

3 Studies (Iambic Rhythm, Meditation on Haydn's Name, Relativity Rag)

(1982–5);

Shadowlines

(2001).

Subjects: Music.


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