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Colin Matthews

(b. 1946)


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(b London, 1946).

English composer. Awards for comp. incl. BBC chamber mus. prize 1970, and Ian Whyte award 1975. Taught at Sussex Univ. 1972–3 and 1976–7. Author of study of Mahler and authority on Berg. Collab. with D. Cooke on perf. version of Mahler's 10th Sym. (1964–74). Worked for Britten in composer's last years, 1971–6 and subsequently ed. several of Britten's early and unpubd. scores. OBE 2011. Prin. works:

orch.:

Fourth Sonata

(1974–5);

Night Music

(1976–7);

Little Suite

No.1 (1979), No.2 (1979);

Sonata No.5Landscape

() (1977–81); vc. conc. No.1 (1983–4), No.2 (1996);

Night's Mask

, chamber orch. (1984);

Cortège

(1988);

Chiaroscuro

(1990);

Machines and Dreams (Toy Symphony)

(1991);

Broken Symmetry

(1991–2);

Hidden Variables

(orch. vers.) (1992);

Memorial

(1992–3);

Threnody

(1995–6);

Elegeia

, small orch. (1998);

Unfolded Order

(1999);

Pluto the RenewerPlanets

(for Holst's ) (2000); hn. conc. (2001);

Bright Cecilia

(2002);

Vivo

(2002);

Reflected Images

(2002–3).

instrs.:

CeresSpecula

, 3 fl., gui., perc., 2 vc., db. (1972) , fl., keyed perc., hp., va. (1976–7);

Rainbow Studies

, fl., ob., cl., bn., pf. (1977–8);

Suns Dance

, picc., ob., bcl., dbn., hn., str. quintet (1984–5);

Hidden Variables

, 15 players (1988–9);

Quatrain

, wind, brass, perc. (1989);

Contraflow

, 14 players (1992);

Three Interludes

, cl., va., pf. (1994);

Capriccioletto

, vn., pf. (1998);

Bassoonova

, bn. (2003).

voice & instr(s).:

Un colloque sentimental

, v., pf. (1971–8);

5 Sonnets: to Orpheus

, ten., hp. (1975–6);

Shadows in the Water

, ten., pf. (1978–9);

Cantata on the Death of Antony

, sop., chamber ens. (1988–9);

Strugnells Haiku

, v., pf. or chamber ens. (1989);

Aubade

, v., pf. (1990);

Continuum

, mez., small orch. (1999–2000);

A voice to wake

, sop., chamber ens. (2004–5).

choral:

Second‐hand Flames

, 5 vv. (1982);

A Rose at Christmas, double mixed ch.

(1990);

Metamorphosis

, ch., orch. (1995–6);

Aftertones

, sop., ch., orch. (1999–2000);

Estrangement

, unacc. ch. (2002).

chamber music:

str. qt. No.1 (1979), No.2 (1985), No.3 (1993–4);

Partita

, vn. (1975);

Little Suite

, hp. (1979); ob. qt. No.1 (1981), No.2 (1988–9);

Divertimento

, double str. qt. (1982);

Triptych

, pf. quintet (1984);

5 Duos

, vc., pf. (1987);

5 Untitled Flute Pieces

, fl. (1987–9);

3‐Part Chaconne

, str. trio, pf. (left hand) (1989);

Duologue

, ob., pf. (1991);

To Compose without the least Knowledge of Music …

, wind sextet (1991);

Palinode

, vc. (1992);

A Quick Start

, hn., 2 tpts., tb., tuba (2001);

Little Berceuse

, cl., str. qt. (2004).

piano:

5 Studies

(1974–6);

Suite

(1977–9);

11 Studies in Velocity

(1987);

3 Preludes

(2003).

Subjects: Music.


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