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David Blake

(b. 1936)


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(b London, 1936).

Eng. composer. Lect. in mus., York Univ., 1964–71, senior lect. from 1971, prof. 1981–94. Also cond. and pianist with his ensemble Lumina. Early works in tonal idiom influenced by Bartók and Mahler, later adopted 12‐note system, but later evolved a freer, more relaxed style, the 1st vn. conc. being deeply romantic in style and spirit. Prin. works:

operas:

Toussaint L'Ouverture

, 3 acts (lib. by T. Ward) (1974–6, rev. 1982);

The Plumber's Gift

(lib. by J. Birtwhistle) (1985–8);

Scoring a Century – an Entertainment

(1999).

orch.:

Chamber Symphony

(1966);

Metamorphoses

(1971); vn. conc. No.1 (1976), No.2 (1983); Sonata alla marcia (1978);

Scherzi ed Intermezzi

(1984);

Pastoral Paraphrase

, bn., orch. (1986);

Mill Music

, brass band (1986); vc. conc. (1989–93);

Nocturne

, str. (1994).

vocal and choral:

3 Choruses to Poems by Frost

(1964);

On Christmas Day

, ch. (1964);

Beata L'Alma

, sop., pf. (1966);

What is the Cause

, ch. (1967);

The Almanack

, ch. (1968);

Lumina

, soloist, ch., orch. (1969);

The Bones of Chuang Tzu

, bar., pf. (1972); bar., chamber orch. (1973);

In Praise of Krishna

, sop., 9 instr. (1973);

Toussaint Suite

, mez., bar., orch. (1977);

Toussaint: Song of the Common Wind

, mez., orch. (1977);

From the Mattress Grave

, 12 Heine poems, sop., 11 instr. (1978);

The Spear

, mez., speaker, ch., cl., tpt., va., pf. (1982);

Change is Going to Come

, mez., bar., ch., 4 players (1982);

Rise, Dove

, bar., orch. (1982);

Three Ritsos Choruses

, ch., orch. (1993);

5 Heine Songs

, bar., ob./cl., pf. (1985);

6 Heine Songs

, bar., ob./cl., str. (1988);

The Fabulous Adventures of Alexander the Great

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

chamber music:

Variations

, pf. (1960); str. qt. No.1 (1961–2), No.2 (1973), No.3 (1982);

Sequence

, 2 fl. (1967); nonet for wind (1971, rev. 1978);

Scenes

, vc. (1972);

Arias

, cl. (1978); cl. quintet (1979–80);

Cassation

, wind octet (1979);

Capriccio

, wind, str., pf. (7 players) (1980);

Fantasia

, vn. (1984);

Seasonal Variants

, 7 players (1985);

Nightmusic

, sax. qt. (1990).

Subjects: Music.


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