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James MacMillan

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(b Kilwinning, Ayrshire, 1959).

Scot. composer. Lect. in mus., Manchester Univ. 1986–8. Collab. with SCO in educational projects. Comp.‐in‐res., St Magnus Fest. 1989. Teacher at RSAMD from 1990. His mus. broke away from avant‐garde and academic preoccupations in 1982 in favour of a more direct style reflecting his interest in Scot. nationalism and his Roman Catholicism. CBE 2004. Prin. works:

operas:

Tourist Variations

, chamber opera (1991);

Inés de Castro

(1992–3).

music theatre:

Búsqueda

, narr., 8 actors, 3 sop., ens. (1988);

Visitatio Sepulchri

, 7 singers, chamber orch. (1993);

Parthenogenesis

(2000).

orch.:

Into the Ferment

, ens., orch. (1988);

Tryst

(1989);

The Exorcism of Rio Sumpúl

, chamber orch. or mixed ens. (1989);

The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie

(1990);

The Berserking

, pf. conc. (1990);

Sinfonietta

(1991);

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

, perc. conc. (1992);

Epiclesis

, tpt. conc. (1993);

VS

(1993);

Britannia

, ov. (1994);

The World's Ransoming

, ca. conc. (1996); vc. conc. (1996);

Ninian

, cl. conc. (1996);

Vigil

, sym. (1997);

The Birds of Rhiannon

(opt. ch.) (2001);

A Deep but Dazzling DarknessSilence

, vn., small orch., tape (2001–2); Sym. No.2, chamber orch. (1999), No.3 () (2002);

A Scottish Bestiary

, org., orch. (2003–4).

band:

Festival Fanfares

, brass (1986);

Sowetan Spring

, wind (1990).

ens. & chamber music:

Study on 2 Planes

, vc., pf. (1981);

3 Dawn Rituals

(1983);

The Road to Ardtalla

, sextet (1983);

2 Visions of Hoy

, ob., ens. (1986);

Litanies of Iron and Stone

, cl., sop. sax., tb., tape (1987);

Untold

, wind quintet (1987, rev. 1991);

Variations on ‘Johnny Faa’

, sop., fl., vc., hp. (1988);

After the Tryst

, vn., pf. (1988);

Visions of a November Spring

, str. qt. (1988, rev. 1991);

… as others see us …

, mixed ens. (1990);

Tuireadh (Requiem)

, cl., str. qt. (1991);

Intercession

, 3 ob. (1991);

Scots Song

, sop., chamber quintet (1991);

Kiss on Wood

, vn., pf. (1993);

Cumnock Fair

, pf. sextet or pf., str. (1999);

Memento

, str. qt. (1994);

Adam's Rib

, brass quintet (1995); vc. sonata No.1 (1999), No.2 (2000);

From Galloway

, cl. (2000);

Invocation

, v., cl., drumkit, pf., db (2003);

HB to MB

, vc. (2004).

choral & vocal:

Beatus Vir

, ch., org. (1983);

Cantos Sagrados

, ch., org. (1989);

Catherine's Lullabies

, ch., brass, perc. (1990);

Divo Aloysio Sacrum

, ch., org. (opt.) (1991);

Scots Song

, v., pf. (1991);

7 Last Words from the Cross

, ch., str. (1993);

The Children

, mez./bar., pf. (1994);

Raising Sparks

, mez., ens. (1997);

The Company of Heaven

, children's ch., org. (1999);

Nunc dimittis

, ch., org. (2000).

piano:

sonata (1985);

A Cecilian Variation for JFKKennedy Variations

(2nd movt. of , others being by Victory, Mathias, and M. Berkeley) (1991);

Angel

(1993);

Lumen Christi

(1997);

For Ian

(2000);

25th May 1967

(2002).

Subjects: Music.


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