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Giles Swayne

(b. 1946)


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(b Stevenage, 1946).

Eng. composer and conductor. Opera répétiteur at Wexford Fest. 1972 and 1973, and Glyndebourne 1973–4. Teacher at Bryanston Sch. 1974–6 and St Paul's Girls’ Sch. 1976. Won Lancaster Univ. composer's prize, 1974. Studied with Messiaen 1976–7. Visited The Gambia 1981–2 to study and record mus. of Jola people. Works incl. Le nozze di Cherubino, opera (1983–4); ballet; Sym. (1983); Naaotwa Lala, orch. (1984); many vocal works, incl. Cry, 28 amp. solo vv. (1978); The Song of the Tortoise, narr., vv., orch. (1992); Goodnight Sweet Ladies, sop., pf. (1994–5); Tombeau, pf. (1997); Chinese Whispers, org., chamber orch. (1997); The Silent Land, ch., vc. (1998); HAVOC, counterten., 2 sop., mez., ch., ens. (1999); also 3 str. qts. (1971–93) and kbd. pieces.

Subjects: Music.


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