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Gordon Crosse

(b. 1937)


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(b Bury, 1937).

Eng. composer. Tutor, extra‐mural dept., Birmingham Univ. 1964–6 and in mus. dept. 1966–9. Fellow in Mus., Essex Univ., 1969–76. Works incl.:

operas:

Purgatory

(1965);

The Grace of Todd

(1969);

The Story of Vasco

(1974).

music drama:

Wheel of the World

(1972);

World Within

, speaker, sop., chamber ens. (1977).

ballet:

Young Apollo

(1984).

orch.:

Elegy

(1959); Concerto da camera (vn. conc. No.1) (1962); sym. No.1 (1964), No.2 (1975);

Ceremony

, vc., orch. (1966); vc. conc. (1979); vn. conc. No.2 (1969);

Some Marches on a Ground

(1970);

Ariadne

, ob. and 12 players (1972);

Epiphany Variations

(1975–6);

Play Ground

(1977);

Wildboy

, concertante, cl. and 8 players (1977);

Thel

, fl., 2 str. septets, 2 hns. (1978); Studies for str. qt., set 2 (1977); sym. No.1 for chamber orch. (1976 rev. of Sinfonia Concertante, 1965);

Dreamsongs

, small orch. (1979);

Elegy and Scherzo alla marcia

(adapted from str. qt.) (1981);

Peace for Brass

, brass band (1981);

Array

, tpt., str. (1986);

Quiet

, wind band (1987).

choral:

Changes

, sop., bar., ch., orch. (1965);

The Covenant of the Rainbow

, ch., org. (1968);

Harvest Songs

, ch., orch. (1980);

Dreamcanon I

, ch., 2 pf., perc. (1981);

Sea Psalms

, ch., children's vv., orch. (1989–90).

vocal:

For the Unfallen

, ten., hn., str. (1968);

Memories of Morning, Night

, mez., orch. (1971);

The New World

, 6 poems by Ted Hughes, v., pf. (1978);

Wintersong

, 6 soloists, opt. perc. (1986).

chamber music:

str. qt. (1980);

Wave Songs

, vc., pf. (1983);

Fear No More

, ob., ob. d'amore, ca. (1981);

Chime

, brass quintet (1983); pf. trio (1986).

for children:

Meet My Folks!

(poems by Ted Hughes), spkr., children's ch., instr. (1964);

Potter Thompson

(A. Garner), mus. drama, solo vv., children's ch., orch. (1974);

Holly from the Bongs

(A. Garner), Nativity opera (1974).

Subjects: Music.


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