Anthony Milner

(1925—2002) composer

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(b Bristol, 1925; d Alfaz del Pi, Alicante, 2002).

Eng. composer. Taught at Morley Coll. 1946–62. Dir. and harpsichordist, London Cantata Ens., 1954–65. Lect. at RCM 1961–89 and at King's Coll., London, 1966–71. Lect. in mus., Goldsmith's Coll., London Univ. 1974–80. Visited USA as lecturer 1965–7. Also writer on mus. Works mainly choral, with strong religious (RC) basis, incl.:


sym. No.1 (1972), No.2, ten., ch., orch. (1978), No.3 (1986);




for str. (1961); Chamber Sym. (1968); conc. for symphonic wind band (1979); conc. for str. (1982); ob. conc. (1994).

chorus & orch.:

Salutatio angelica


The City of Desolation


St Francis


The Water and the Fire


Break to be Built, O Stone


Festival Te Deum


Roman Spring


Motet for Peace



, counterten., ch., org., str. (1975);

Festival Chant

, ch., org. (1980);

The Gates of Spring


The Gates of Summer

, sop., ten., ch., str. (1990).

unacc. chorus:



Benedic anima mea Dominum


The Harrowing of Hell


Cast Wide the Folding Doorways of the East




The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo


voice & instr.:

The Song of Akhenaten

, sop., chamber orch. (1957);

Our Lady's Hours

, sop., pf. (1957);


, mez., chamber orch. (1974).

chamber music:

ob. qt. (1953); wind quintet (1964); str. qt. (1975); pf. sonata (1989).

Subjects: Music.

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