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Edward Harper

(1941—2009)


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(b Taunton, 1941; d Edinburgh, 2009).

Eng. composer, pianist, and conductor. Lect., Faculty of Mus., Edinburgh Univ. from 1964 (Reader from 1989), dir., New Music Group of Scotland 1975. Comps. incl.:

operas:

Fanny Robin

(1974);

Hedda Gabler

(1984–5);

The Mellstock Quire

(1986–7);

Lochinvar, a Children's Opera

(2000).

orch.:

pf. conc. (1969);

Bartók Games

(1972); sonata for chamber orch. (1972);

Fantasias IV

(1975) and (1985), chamber orch.;

Fern Hill

, chamber orch. (1976); sym. (1978–9);

Fantasia IV

, vn., pf., small orch. (1980); cl. conc. (1981–2);

Intrada after Monteverdi

(1983, orch. of 1982 chamber ens.);

Double Variations

, ob., bn., wind ens. (1989);

Etude for Orchestra

(1999).

chamber ens.:

quintet for fl., cl., vn., vc., pf. (1973–4);

Ricercari in memoriam Luigi Dallapiccola

(1975);

Fantasia II

, 11 solo str. (1976);

Fantasia III

, brass quintet (1977);

Intrada after Monteverdi

(1982); str. qt. (1986);

In Memoriam

, vc., pf. (1989–90); trio, cl., vc., pf. (1997);

Souvenir

, 2 pf., vib., mar. (1998);

The Ash Grove

, str. qt. (2003).

choral:

Chester Mass

, ch., orch. (1979);

Mass: Qui creavit coelum

, unacc. ch. (1986–7);

The Lamb

, sop., ch., orch. (1990);

The Voice of a City

, ch., chamber orch., org. (2000).

vocal:

7 poems by e. e. cummings

, sop., orch. (1977);

Caterwaul

, sop., db. (1986);

Homage to Thomas Hardy

, bar., chamber orch. (1990).

Subjects: Music.


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