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Nigel Osborne

(b. 1948)


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(b Manchester, 1948).

Eng. composer. In Poland worked with live elec. mus. group. Won Swiss Radio prize 1971 with cantata 7 Words. Lect. in mus., Nottingham Univ. 1978–90, prof. of mus., Edinburgh Univ. from 1990. Among his works are:

operas:

Hell's Angels

(1985);

The Electrification of the Soviet Union

(1986–7);

Terrible Mouth

(1992);

Sarajevo

(1993–4);

The Piano Tuner

(2004).

orch.:

vc. conc. (1977); fl. conc. (1980); vn. conc. (1990);

Hommage à Panufnik

, str. (1993);

The Art of Fugue

(1994); ob. conc., chamber orch. (1998).

chamber mus.:

Remembering Esenin

, vc., pf. (1974);

After Night

, gui. (1977); sonata, pf. (1981);

Mbira

, vn., pf. (1985);

Zone

, ob., cl., str. trio (1989);

Sarajevo

, cl., vc., pf. (1994); str. qt. No.1 (1999);

The Piano Tuner

, pf., vn., vc. (2004).

voice & ens.:

I am Goya

, bass‐bar., fl., ob., vn., vc. (1977);

The Cage

, ten., ens., elec. (1981);

Pornography

, mez., ens. (1986).

choral:

7 Words

, 2 ten., bass, ch. (1971);

Heaventree

, unacc. (1973);

Gnostic Passion

, unacc. (1980);

Choralis I, II, and III

, 6 vv. unacc. (1981–2);

Tracks

, 2 ch., orch., wind band (1990).

elec.:

Musica da Camera

, vn., tape‐delay, audience (1975);

Poem Without a Hero

, sop., mez., ten., bass, elec. (1980);

The Four‐Loom Weaver

, mez., tape (1985).

Subjects: Music.


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