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Alan Bush

(1900—1995) composer


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(b London, 1900; d Watford, 1995).

Eng. composer, conductor, and pianist. Teacher at RAM from 1925. Many of his works reflect his Communist sympathies but are held in high esteem for their mus. qualities by listeners of all political persuasions. Major works are:

operas:

The Press‐Gang

(1946); Wat Tyler (1948–50) (Leipzig 1953, London 1974);

The Spell Unbound

(1953);

Men of Blackmoor

(1954–5) (Oxford 1960, Weimar 1965);

The Ferryman's Daughter

(1961);

The Sugar Reapers

(1961–4) (Leipzig 1966);

Joe Hill: the Man Who Never Died

(1965–8) (Berlin 1970).

orch.:

syms., No.1 in C (1939–40), No.2 ‘Nottingham’ (1949), No.3 ‘Byron’ (1959–60), No.4 ‘Lascaux’ (1982–3); pf. conc., with bar. and male ch. (1934–7); vn. conc. (1948);

Concert Suite

, vc., orch. (1952);

English Suite

, str. (1946);

Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue

(1959); Variations, Nocturne and Finale on an English Sea Song, pf., orch. (1960);

Time Remembered

, chamber orch. (1968);

Africa

, pf., orch. (1971–2);

Liverpool Overture

(1972).

chamber works:

str. qt. in A minor (1923);

Dialectic

, str. qt. (1929); 3 Concert Studies, pf. trio (1947);

Serenade

, str. qt. (1969); pf. sonata (1971);

Suite of Six

, str. qt. (1975); 24 Preludes, pf. (1977).

Subjects: Music.


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