Saturday, 2 June 2012

A Land of Music

As a further take on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, here are 60 works by 60 British composers covering the 60 years of Elizabeth II's reign. 

Anyone working their way through them will hopefully hear the sheer range of British music over those six decades. 

1952 William Alwyn, The Magic Island
1953 Michael Tippett, Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
1954 Lennox Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement
1955 Gerald Finzi, In terra pax
1956 Peter Racine Fricker, Sonata for cello and piano
1957 Ralph Vaughan Williams, Symphony No.9
1958 Herbert Howells, Prelude: De profundis
1959 Humphrey Searle, Symphony No.3
1960 Cornelius Cardew, Autumn 60
1961 Kenneth Leighton, Drop, drop slow tears
1962 Elisabeth Lutyens, Five Bagatelles
1963 Benjamin Frankel, Symphony No.3
1964 Alan Rawsthorne, Symphony No.3
1965 Harrison Birtwistle, Tragoedia
1966 Havergal Brian, Symphony No. 27
1967 Peter Maxwell Davies, Antechrist
1968 Bill Hopkins, Etudes en Série
1969 Alun Hoddinott, Welsh Dances, Suite II
1970 Gordon Crosse, Some Marches on a Ground
1971 Gavin Bryers, Jesus Blood never failed me yet
1972 William Walton, Jubilate Deo
1973 Benjamin Britten, Death in Venice
1974 David Bedford, Star's End
1975 Oliver Knussen, Ophelia Dances
1976 William Mathias, Helios
1977 Michael Finnissy, English Country Tunes
1978 Hugh Wood, String Quartet No.3
1979 Edmund Rubbra, Symphony No. 11
1980 George Benjamin, A Mind of Winter
1981 Geoffrey Burgon, Brideshead Revisited
1982 Elizabeth Maconchy, My Dark Heart
1983 Richard Rodney Bennett, Guitar Sonata
1984 Gordon Jacob, Concerto for Timpani and Wind Band
1985 Michael Nyman, Memorial
1986 Malcolm Arnold, Symphony No.9
1987 Robert Simpson, Symphony No.9
1988 John Pickard, Piano Sonata
1989 John Casken, Maharal Dreaming
1990 Thea Musgrave, Song of the Enchanter
1991 Mark-Anthony Turnage, Momentum
1992 George Lloyd, Symphonic Mass
1993 James MacMillan, in hiding...
1994 Julian Anderson, Khorovod
1995 Steve Martland, Beat the Retreat
1996 John Tavener, As One Who Has Slept
1997 Thomas Adès, Asyla
1998 Graham Fitkin, Relent
1999 Judith Weir, Unlocked
2000 Jonathan Dove, Bless the Lord, O my soul
2001 Joby Talbot, The League of Gentlemen
2002 Howard Skempton, Rise up, my love
2003 Jonathan Harvey, String Quartet No.4
2004 Tansy Davies, Neon
2005 Roxanna Panufnik, Abraham
2006 Brian Ferneyhough, Plötzlichkeit
2007 Diana Burrell, One Man Band
2008 Alexander Goehr, Since brass nor stone...
2009 Paul Mealor, Locus Iste
2010 James Dillon, String Quartet No.6
2011 John Rutter, This is the Day

As for 2012, well....that's 61 and counting!

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