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Ronald Stevenson

(b. 1928)


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(b Blackburn, 1928).

Scottish pianist and composer. Taught comp. at Cape Town Univ. 1963–5. London Prom début 1972 (his 2nd pf. conc.). Mus. influenced by Busoni and Scottish folk mus. Self‐confessed aim is for an ‘epic music … absorbing elements from East and from Africa, as well as from Western culture’. Works incl. Prelude, Fugue, and Fantasy on Busoni's Faust, pf. (1949–59); Passacaglia on DSCH, pf. (1961–2); Jamboree for Grainger, orch. (1961); Weyvers o' Blegburn (Weavers of Blackburn), boy's broken v., weak amateur ten., amateur ch., pf. (to Lancashire dialect) (1961); hpd. sonata (1968); pf. conc. No.1 (Faust Triptych) (1960), No.2 (The Continents) (1972); Peter Grimes Fantasy, pf. (1970); Border Boyhood, song‐cycle, ten., pf. (1970); 9 Haiku, sop., ten., pf./hp. (1971); Ben Dorain, choral sym. (1973); vn. conc. (The Gipsy) (1973); Corroboree for Grainger, pf., wind band (1987); St Mary's May Songs, sop., str. (1988); Voces Vagabundae, str. qt. (1990); Choral Recitative and Psalm 23, ch., org. (1990–2); vc. conc. (1992); A Carlyle Suite, pf. (1995); Pan‐Celtic Wind Quintet, fl., cl., ob., bn., hn. (2000).

Subjects: Music.


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