‘Long Memories’ – the original idea for a book of interviews with senior composers came as the result of meeting and working with two very different composers who I hope will be part of the final publication. I have known Betsy Jolas (born in 1926) for many years but, perhaps foolishly, it occurred to me only earlier this year that I should sit down and talk to her a little about her extraordinary life and her music
Alan Bush would have been 100 years old on December 22nd 2000. When I got to know him, around the time of his 85th birthday, it seemed as if he would make it to his century.
The great French composer Henri Dutilleux was 85 on January 22nd. He occupies a unique place in the music of our time, which is especially extraordinary considering that his reputation rests on no more than 10 major works. By Dutilleux’s own admission, and regret, he works very slowly
Many composers would agree that the biggest difficulty when writing a choral or vocal work is finding a text that might be suitable for a musical setting and sets off their imagination
The earthy Walt Whitman poem I Hear America Singing, written ten years before the birth of Samuel Barber and William Schuman, could have been a signature tune for both US composers
Welcome to ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’; a Festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of John Ireland.
It is perhaps unlikely that many composers profiled by Choir & Organ can list such a varied and diverse collection of collaborators as Gavin Bryars.
Andrzej Panufnik was born in Warsaw on September 24th 1914. His father was a respected violin maker and his mother a talented violinist who studied with Carl Flesch. The young Panufnik began to compose, completed a Piano Sonatina at the age of 9
It seemed inevitable that at some stage in his life Pawel Łukaszewski would write a Requiem. Born in 1968 into a musical family (Łukaszewski’s father Wojciech, 1936-78, was also a composer), Pawel was brought up in the city of Czestochowa in southern Poland
“If music be the food of love, play on….” Shakespeare’s lyricism, imagery and wit has fired the imaginations of the playwright’s contemporaries through to present-day composers