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David Ellis

(b. 1933)


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(b Liverpool, 1933).

Eng. composer and administrator. Comps. awarded Royal Philharmonic prize, RCM patrons' award, and Morley College opera prize. Joined staff of BBC, Manchester, 1964 with responsibility for BBC Northern SO (now BBC Philharmonic) programmes. Head of Mus., BBC North, 1978–86. Art. dir., Northern Chamber Orch. 1986–94. Works incl.:

opera:

Crito

, Op.21 (1963).

orch.:

Images from beyond Infinity

sym. No.1, Op.38 (1973), No.2, Op.52 (1995), No.3 (), Op.59 (1998);

Sinfonietta

, Op.13 (1953); vn. conc., Op.22 (1958); pf. conc., Op.27 (1962);

Dance Rhapsody

, Op.28 (1963);

Fanfares and Cadenzas

, Op.31 (1968);

L

, Op.41 (1977);

Contraprovisations (on a Theme by John McCabe)

, Op.51 (1994);

Fantasia (quasi una sonata

), Op.53 (1996);

Attleborough Tuckets

, Op.65 (2001);

Desinent

, Op.79 (2005).

chamber orch.:

Diversions

, Op.39 (1974);

In Nomine

(1963);

Sequentia III (Tenebrae)

, Op.32 (1970);

Circles

(1979);

Capriccio ‘The Bear’

(1981); vc. conc., Op.43 (1978, rev. 2004);

Divertimento elegiaco

, Op.54a (2003).

string orch.:

Diversions on a Theme of Purcell

, Op.16 (1956);

Solus

, Op.37 (1973);

Suite franglaise

(1987);

Sinfonia con variazioni

, Op.49a, bass tuba, str. (1992);

2 Fantasias

, Op.50 (1993); bn. conc., Op.71 (2002).

choral:

MagnificatNunc Dimittis

and , ch., org. (1964);

Psalm 115

, ch., brass, org., Op.33 (1970);

Carols for an Island Christmas

, Op.34, ch., ens. (1971);

Sequentia IV (Visions)

, Op.36, ten., bar., ch., org., perc. (1972);

Sequentia V (Genesis)

, Op.40, ch., orch. (or org.) (1975);

Jubilate (Festival Introit)

, ch., org., bells (1978);

A Distant Horizon

, Op.58, ch., org./pf., brass quintet, bells (1997).

chamber music:

str. trio, Op.9 (1954); wind quintet, Op.17 (1956); sonata for db., Op.42 (1977); str. qt. No.1, Op.45 (1980), No.2, Op.56 (1996), No.3, Op.70 (2002);

Aubade

, hn., pf. (1981);

Two for Six

, sax. qt., Op.55 (1996);

Epiphany Nocturne

, Op.62, tpt., bn., pf. (1999);

Elegiac Variations

, Op.66, recs., va., vc. (2001);

Low Priority

, Op.74, db./vc., pf. (2002);

For One who Listens in Secret

, Op.75, jazz ens., vc., bcl. (2003);

Music in a Bottle

, Op.77, No.1, pf. (2004), No.2, v., 1 instr. (2006).

piano:

sonatina, Op.2 (1953); sonata, Op.12 (1956);

3‐Note Variables

, Op.60 (1998);

Old Willows

, Op.64 (2000).

Subjects: Music.


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