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Wilfred Josephs

(1927—1997)


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(b Newcastle upon Tyne, 1927; d London, 1997).

Eng. composer. Won 1st Milan int. comp. competition in 1963 with Requiem. Prolific composer of mus. for tv and films. Works incl.:

operas:

Pathelio

(1963);

The Appointment

(tv, 1968);

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

, children's opera (1977–8);

Rebecca

(1982–3);

Alice in Wonderland

, children's opera (1985–8).

ballets:

The Magic Being

(1961);

La Répétition de Phèdre

(1964–5);

Equus

(1978);

Cyrano de Bergerac

(1985).

orch.:

PhiladelphiaPastoralWinterThe Four ElementsSinfonia ConcertanteCircadian RhythmsFireworksSinfonia Quixotica

syms.: No.1 (1955, rev. 1957–8, 1974–5), No.2 (1963–4), No.3 (), chamber orch. (1967), No.4, alto, bar., orch. (1967–70), No.5 () (1970–1), No.6, sop., bar., ch., orch. (1972–4), No.7 (), chamber orch. (1976), No.8 (), sym. band (1975–7), No.9, , chamber orch. (1979–80), No.10 () (1985), No.11 (), sym. band (1992), No.12 () (1995);

Elegy

, str. (1957);

Concerto da camera

, vn., pf., chamber orch. (1959);

A Tyneside Overture

(1960);

Monkchester Dances

(1961);

Cantus Natalis

, vc. conc. (1961–2); pf. conc. No.1 (1965), No.2 (1971), No.3 (1993–4);

Canzonas on a Theme of Rameau

, str. (1965);

Polemic

, str. (1967);

Rail

(1967); ob conc. (1967–8);

Serenade

(1968);

Variations on a Theme of Beethoven

(1969); double vn. conc. (1969);

Saratoga ConcertoThe 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

, gui., hp., hpd., chamber orch. (1972); Ov., (1973–4); Concerto for Brass Band (1974); cl. conc. (1975);

Eve (d'après Rodin)

, sym.‐poem (1977–8);

Concerto d'amoreThe Brontës

, 2 vn., orch. (1979); db. conc. (1980); Ov., (1981); perc. conc. (1982); va. conc. (1983);

Caen Wood

(1985);

Fanfare Prelude

(1986);

Battle of Britain Suite

, wind band (1989–90); vn. conc. (1992);

Celebration

(1994).

choral and vocal:

12 Letters

, after Belloc, narr., cl., str. trio., pf. (1957);

Requiem

(1962–3);

Mortales

, oratorio (1967–9);

Nightmusic

, mez. (or cont., or ten., or bar.), orch. (1970);

Songs of Innocence

, ch., children's ch., orch. (1972);

Aeroplanes and Angels

, solo vv., pf. duo (1977–8);

Spring Songs

, SATB (1981);

Fish Heaven

, mez., fl. (1991).

chamber music:

str. qts.: No.1 (1954), No.2 (1958), No.3 (1971), No.4 (1981); sonata, solo vn. (1957);

Requiescant pro defunctis judaeis

, str. quintet (1961); octet (1964); vn. sonata No.1 (1965), No.2 (1975); trio, fl., vn., vc. (1966); str. trio (1966); sonata, solo vc. (1970); hn. trio (1971); sonata, brass quintet (1974, rev. 1981); pf. quintet (1974–6);

Waltz and Song

, fl., cl., hn., hp., str. (1975); fl. sonata (1976–7); wind quintet (1977); conc. for 4 pf., 6 perc. (1978); ob. qt. (1979); db. sonata (1980);

8 Aphorisms

, 8 tb. (1981); cl. quintet (1985);

Northumbrian Dances

, sop. sax., pf. (1986);

Serenade to the Moon

, 4 cl. or 4 sax., or fl., ob., cl., bn., or str. qt. (1987); ob. sonata (1988);

Papageno Variations

, ww. sextet (1989); pf. trio No.2 (1996).

piano:

29 Preludes

(1969);

Doubles

, 2 pf. (1970–3);

Sonata Duo

, 2 pf. (1976);

Byrdsong

, pf. and org. (1981).

organ:

Fantasia on 3 Notes

(1978);

Tombeau

(1980);

Testimony

, in memoriam DSCH (1981); sonata (1992).

Subjects: Music.


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