Murrill, Herbert


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(b London, 11 May 1909; d London, 25 July 1952). English composer and administrator. He studied with Bowen, Stanley Marchant, and Alan Bush at the RAM (1925–8) and with W. H. Harris, Ernest Walker, and Hugh Allen at Oxford (1928–31), where he was organ scholar at Worcester College. In 1936 he joined the BBC, rising to become Head of Music in 1952. His music, strongly influenced by Stravinsky and the French neo-classicists (especially Poulenc), includes an opera Man in Cage (1930), several theatre scores, a ballet Picnic (1927), some exquisite partsongs, an often-sung Evening Service in E (1945), two cello concertos of 1935 and 1950 (the second dedicated to Casals), and a string quartet (1939). He also taught at the RAM from 1933 until his premature death.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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