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Hugh Wood

(b. 1932)


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(b Parbold, Lancs., 1932).

Eng. composer. Prof. of harmony RAM 1962–5, teacher at Morley Coll., London, 1958–67. Research fellow in comp., Glasgow Univ., 1966–70; lect. in mus., Liverpool Univ., 1971–3, Cambridge Univ. 1977–99. His mus., while reflecting a variety of influences from Tippett and Messiaen to avant‐garde techniques, is consistent in its shapeliness, lyricism, and expressive concentration. Prin. works:

orch.:

vc. conc., Op.12 (1965–9); chamber conc., Op.15 (1971, rev. 1978); vn. conc., Op.17 (1970–2); sym., Op.21 (1979–82);

Comus Quadrilles

, small orch. (1988); pf. conc., Op.32 (1990–1);

Variations

, Op.39 (1998);

Serenade and Elegy

, Op.42, str. (1999).

voice(s) & orch.:

Scenes from Comus

, Op.6, sop., ten., orch. (1962–5);

Laurie Lee Songs

, Op.28, high v., orch. (1986–7);

Cantata

, Op.30, ch., orch. (1989).

unacc. chorus:

3 Choruses

, Op.7 (1965–6);

To a friend whose work has come to nothing

(1973–89);

A Christmas Poem

, Op.27 (1984);

The Kingdom of God

, Op.38 (1994).

chamber music:

str. qts.: str. qt. in B♭ (1959); No.1, Op.4 (1960–2), No.2, Op.13 (1969–70), No.3, Op.20 (1976–8), No.4, Op.34 (1992–3), No.5, Op. 45 (2001); pf. trio (1984);

Variations

, Op.1, va., pf. (1958); trio, Op.3, fl., va., pf. (1961); quintet, Op.9, cl., hn., vn., vc., pf. (1967); pf. trio, Op.24 (1984);

Paraphrase on Bird of Paradise

, Op.26, cl., pf. (1985); hn. trio, Op.29 (1987–9);

Funeral Music

, Op.33, brass quintet (1992);

Poem

, Op.35, vn., pf. (1993); cl. trio, Op.40, cl., pf., vc. (1997);

Serenade and Elegy

, Op.42, str. qt., orch. (1999);

Cantilena and Fugue

, tpt., org. (2004);

Overture

, pf., vn., vc. (2005).

piano:

3 Pieces

, Op.5 (1961);

50 Chords for David Matthews

, 2 pf. (1993).

organ:

Capriccio

, Op.8 (1968).

songs:

Laurie Lee Songs

, high v., pf. (1959, with orch., Op.28, 1986–7);

Logue Songs

, Op.2 (1961, rev. 1963);

D. H. Lawrence Songs

, Op.14, high v., pf. (1966–74);

Graves Songs Set ISet IISet III

, Op.18, high v., pf. (1966–77), , Op.22, high v., pf. (1977–82), , Op.25, high v., pf. (1966–83);

The Horses

(Ted Hughes), Op.10 (1967, rev. 1968);

The Rider Victory

(Edwin Muir), Op.11 (1968);

Song‐Cycle to Poems of Neruda

, Op.19, high v., chamber ens. (1973–4);

Songs

, Op.23, high v., pf. (1983);

Lines to Mr Hodgson

, sop., pf. (1988);

Marina

, Op.31, high v., alt. fl., hn., hp. va. (1988–9);

D. H. Lawrence Songs

, Op.14, high v., pf. (1998);

Robert Graves Songs

, Op.49, ten., pf. (2006).

Subjects: Music.


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