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Kenneth Leighton

(1929—1988) composer


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(b Wakefield, 1929; d Edinburgh, 1988).

Eng. composer and pianist. Comp. fellowship Leeds Univ. 1953–5; lect. then reader in mus., Edinburgh Univ. 1956–68; lect. in mus., Oxford Univ. 1968–70. Prof. of mus., Edinburgh Univ. 1970–88. Works incl.:

opera:

Columba

, Op.77 (1980).

orch.:

Sinfonia MisticaLaudes musicae

concs.: vn., Op.12 (1952); va., hp., Op.15 (1952); vc., Op.31 (1956); pf.: No.1, Op.11 (1951, rev. 1959), No.2, Op.37 (1960), No.3, Op.57 (1969); org., Op.58 (1970); hpd., rec., str. (1982); syms.: No.1, Op.42 (1964), No.2 (), Op.69, sop., ch., orch. (1974), No.3 (), Op.90, ten., orch. (1983);

Dance Suite

No.1, Op.53 (1968), No.2, Op.59 (1970), No.3 (Scottish Dances) (1983).

voice(s) & instr(s).:

A Christmas Carol

, Op.21, bar., ch., str., pf. (1953);

The Light Invisiblesinfonia sacra

, , Op.16, ten., ch., orch. (1958);

Laudes Montium

, Op.71, bar., ch., orch. (1975);

Animal Heaven

, Op.83, sop., recorder, vc., hpd. (1980);

Earth, Sweet Earth

, Op.94, ten., pf. (1986).

voice(s) & organ:

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

, ch., org. (1959);

Alleluia Amen

, bar., ch., org. (1961);

Te Deum

, sop., bar., ch., org. (1964);

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

, ch., org. (1965);

Adventate Deo

, ch., org. (1970);

Awake My Glory

, Op.79, sop., ch., org. (1979);

These are Thy Wonders

, Op.84, ten. or sop., org. (1981);

The World's Desire

, Op.91, ch., org. (1984);

The Beauty of Holiness

, mez., ch., org. (1988).

unacc. voices:

3 Carols

, Op.25, sop., ch. (1948–56);

Hymn of the NativityMass

, sop., ch. (1960);, Op.64, SATB soli, double ch., org. (1964);

Lift Up Your Heads

, ch. (1966);

Missa brevis

, Op.50, ch. (1967);

6 Elizabethan Lyrics

, Op.65, women's vv. (1972);

Evening Hymn

, sop., ch. (1979);

What Love is this of Thine?

, sop., bar., ch. (1985).

chamber music:

Fantasia on the Name BACH

, Op.29, va., pf. (1955); pf. quintet, Op.34 (1959);

7 Variations

, Op.43, str. qt. (1964); pf. trio, Op.46 (1965); vc. sonata, Op.52 (1967);

Contrasts and Variants

, Op.63, pf. qt. (1972);

Fantasy on a Chorale

, Op.80, vn., org. (1980);

Fantasy‐Octet ‘Homage to Percy Grainger’

, Op.87, str. (1982).

piano:

Fantasia Contrappuntistica, ‘Homage to Bach’

, Op.24 (1956);

Pieces for Angela

, Op.47 (1966); sonata, Op.64 (1972);

Household Pets

, Op.86 (1981);

Sonata for Four Hands

, Op.92, pf. duet (1985);

Prelude, Hymn, and Toccata

, Op.96, 2 pf. (1987).

organ:

Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia

, Op.41 (1963);

Et Resurrexit

, Op.49 (1966);

Martyrs

, Op.73, org. duet (1976);

Veni Redemptor

, Op.93 (1985);

Veni Creator Spiritus

(1987).

Subjects: Music.


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