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Peter Dickinson

(b. 1934)


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(b Lytham St Annes, 1934).

Eng. composer and pianist. Extra‐mural staff tutor in mus. Birmingham Univ., 1966–70. Prof. of mus., Keele Univ., 1974–84, Goldsmiths Coll., London, from 1991. Authority on Amer. mus. Works incl.:

theatre:

VitalitasVariations

, ballet (1959; orch. of for pf. 1957);

The Judas Tree

, 5 speaking parts, 2 tens., ch., and orch. (1965).

orch.:

Monologue

, strs. (1959);

Transformations, Homage to Satie

(1970); concs.: org. (1971), str., perc., elec. org. (1971), pf. (1978–84), vn. (1986);

The Unicorns

, brass band (1982);

Merseyside Echoes

(1988);

Jigsaws

, ens., hp., perc. (1988).

vocal:

Auden Songs

4 , sop. or ten., pf. (1956);

4 Poems of Alan Porter

, counterten., hpd. (1968);

e. e. cummings Song Cycle

, mez., pf. (1965 rev. 1970);

Winter Afternoons

(Emily Dickinson), cantata, 6 solo vv., db. (1971);

Lust

, 6 vv. (1974);

Schubert in Blue

, mez., pf. (1977);

The Unicorns

, sop., brass band (1982);

Stevie's Tunes

, mez., sop. (1984);

A Mass of the Apocalypse

, ch., 2 perc., pf. (1984);

Tiananmen 1989

, double ch., tubular bells (1990);

Summoned by Mother

, mez., hp. (1990).

chamber music:

vn. sonata (1961);

Fanfares and Elegies

, 3 tpts., 3 tbs., org. (1967);

HymnsBlues, and Improvisations

, , str. qt., pf., tape (1973); str. qt. No.1 (1958, rev. 1974), No.2, with tape or pf. (1975);

Hymns, Rags and Blues

, vn., cl., pf. (1985);

London Rags

, 2 tpt., hn., tb., tuba (1986);

Auden Studies

, ob., pf. (1988);

Cellars Clough Duo

, 2 gui. (1988);

5 Explorations

, gui. (1989);

Swansongs

, vc., pf. (1992).

keyboard:

5 Forgeries

, pf. duet (1963);

Paraphrase II

, pf. (1967);

3 Satie Transformations

, pf. (1970);

Rags, Blues and Parodies

, pf. (1970–86);

Piano Blues

, pf. (1973);

Blue Rose

, pf. (1979);

Hymn‐Tune Rag

, pf. (1985);

Blue Rose Variations

, org. (1985);

Patriotic Rag

, pf. (1986);

Sanctus and Benedictus

, org. (1998);

A Millennium Fanfare

, org. (1999).

Also choral works, church music, and pieces for org.

Subjects: Music.


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