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Hedges, Anthony

Alastair Borthwick

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.12659

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(b Bicester, March 5, 1931). English composer and teacher. He read music at Keble College, Oxford (1949–55), where he was awarded the BMus degree. He taught at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music from 1957 to 1963, during which time he regularly reviewed concerts for various Scottish newspapers. In 1963 he was appointed lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, retiring as reader in composition in 1995. In 1972–3 he was chairman of the Composer's Guild of Great Britain.

His music manifests considerable stylistic and technical diversity. Commissioned by the BBC for the official opening of the Humber Bridge, Scenes from the Humber is an example of what he has described as his ‘light music’, combining the ceremonial with the plaintive and the humoresque. In contrast, his First Symphony (1975) is a sustained argument in 20th-century tonality, maintaining a functional distinction between dissonance and consonance over its entire duration, most notably in the skilful manipulation of a thematic augmented 4th that is denied resolution until the closing bars of the work. His chamber music reveals the breadth of his compositional thought, and contains experimental works such as the serial-derived ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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