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Erik Chisholm

(1904—1965) composer and conductor


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(b Glasgow, 1904; d Rondebosch, S. Africa, 1965).

Scot. conductor, pianist, and composer. Cond. Glasgow Grand Opera Soc. (largely amateur) 1930–9, giving Brit. première of several operas, e.g. Idomeneo (1934), Les Troyens (1935), Béatrice et Bénédict (1936), and reviving La Clemenza di Tito. Dir. of mus., S. African Coll. of Mus. in Univ. of Cape Town, 1946–65, where his opera pioneering continued. Comp. 10 operas, incl. The Canterbury Tales (1961–2) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1963), ballets, 2 pf. concs., vn. conc., 2 syms., chamber mus. During tour of Brit. 1956–7, his S. African co. gave f. Brit. p. of Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle. Wrote book on Janáǎek's operas, pubd. 1971.

Subjects: Music.


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