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Christopher Brown

(b. 1943)


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(b Tunbridge Wells, 1943).

Eng. composer. On staff RAM from 1969. Early works were mainly religious, but increasingly has developed impressive command of instr. style. Works incl.:

opera:

The Ram King

, for children (1982).

orch.:

The Sun Rising: Threnody

(1976);

Triptych

(1978);

Sonata for Strings

(1974);

Sinfonia

(1971); org. conc. (1979);

Festival Variations

, str. (1981);

Into the Sun

, str. (1984).

voice(s) & orch.:

Soliloquy

(1976);

David

, cantata for bar. soloists, ch., and orch. (1970);

3 Mediaeval Lyrics

, sop., ten., ch., and orch. (1973, rev. 1979);

The Snows of Winter

for vv. and chamber ens. (1971);

Chauntecleer

, sop., ten., bar., ch., and orch. (1980);

Magnificat

, SATB soloists, ch., orch. (1980);

Magnificat

, SATB soloists, ch., orch. (1981);

The Vision of Saul

, sop., alto/counterten., ten., bar., ch., orch. (1983);

Tres Cantus Sacri

, ch. and chamber orch. (1984);

Fair and Feast

, bar., ch., orch. (1986);

Landscapes

, sop., ch., orch. (1987);

The Circling Year

, SATB, ch., orch. (1989).

choral (unaccompanied):

Hymn to the Holy Innocents

, chamber cantata (1965);

Aubade

(1968);

Gloria

(1968);

Laus Creatorum

(1969);

4 Motets

(1970);

3 Mediaeval Carols

(1969–73);

Hodie Salvator Apparuit

(1970);

Oundle Jubilate

(1972);

Even Such is Time

(1977);

I sing of a maiden

(1983);

From the Doorways of the Dawn

(1985).

chamber music:

Chamber Music

, cl., hn., vn., vc., pf. (1974, rev. 1979); str. qt. No.2 (1975); trio, fl., bn., pf. (1975);

All Year Round

, ten., gui. (1976);

Festival Variations

, str. qt. (1981);

Into the Sun

, str. (1984);

Images

, brass quintet (1987).

Subjects: Music.


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