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Oliver Knussen

(b. 1952)


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(b Glasgow, 1952).

Eng. composer and conductor. Began to compose at age of 6. In 1968, aged 16, cond. LSO in f.p. of his 1st sym. Awarded fellowship at Tanglewood 1970. Taught comp. RCM junior orch. 1977–82. Co‐ordinator of contemp. mus., Tanglewood, 1986–98. Co‐art. dir., Aldeburgh Fest. 1983–98. Prin. cond. London Sinfonietta 1998–2002. CBE 1994. Prin. works:

operas:

Where the Wild Things Are

, Op.20 (1979–83);

Higglety Pigglety Pop!

(1984–90).

orch.:

syms.: No.1, Op.1 (1966–7), No.2, Op.7, sop. and small orch. (1970–1), No.3, Op.18 (1973–9);

Symphony in One Movement

, Op.5 (1969/2000);

Choral

, Op.8, wind, perc., dbs. (1970–2);

Music for a Puppet Court

, Op.11 (1972/1983);

Ophelia Dances

, Book I, Op.13, for 9 instr. (1975);

Coursing

, Op.17, chamber orch. (1979, rev. 1981);

The Wild RumpusWhere the Wild Things Are

, Op.20b (from ) (1983);

Fanfares for Tanglewood

, 13 brass, perc. (1986);

Flourish with Fireworks

, Op.22 (1988);

The Way to Castle YonderHigglety Pigglety Pop!

, Op.21a (from ) (1988–90); hn. conc., Op.28 (1994); vn. conc., Op.30 (2002).

voice & ens.:

Hums and Songs of Winnie‐the‐Pooh

, Op.6, sop., ens. (1970–83); sym. No.2, Op.7, sop., small orch. (texts by Trakl and Plath) (1970–1);

Rosary Songs

, Op.9, sop., cl., va., pf. (1972);

Océan de Terre

, Op.10, sop., ens. (1972–3, rev. 1976);

Trumpets

, Op.12, sop., 3 cl. (1975);

Songs and a Sea InterludeWhere the Wild Things Are

, Op.20a, sop., orch. (from ) (1979–81);

4 Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Marie Rilke

, Op.23, unacc. sop. (1988);

Whitman Settings

, Op.25a, sop., orch. (or pf.) (1991–2).

chamber music:

Processionals

, Op.2, wind quintet and str. qt. (1968–78);

Masks

, Op.3, fl. (1969);

Fire

, Op.4, fl., str. trio (1969);

3 Little Fantasies

, Op.6a, wind quintet (1970, rev. 1976);

AutumnalTriptych, Pt. I

(), Op.14, vn., pf. (1976–7);

CantataTriptych, Pt. III

(), Op.15 (1977);

Elegiac Arabesques

, Op.26a (1991);

Songs Without Voices

, Op.26, 8 instr. (1991–2).

piano:

Sonya's LullabyTriptych, Pt. II

(), Op.16 (1977–8);

Variations

, Op.24 (1989);

Prayer Bell Sketch

(1997).

Subjects: Music.


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