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BENNETT, Richard Rodney
b Broadstairs, Kent, 29 March 1936


His mother was a pupil of Holst. In 1953 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Lennox Berkeley. In 1958 he was awarded a French government scholarship and went to Paris for two years, studying with Boulez. He was awarded the Arnold Bax Society Prize in 1964 and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Award for Composer of the Year in 1965. In 1970/1 he was composer-in-residence at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore.
1954 (18)
Piano Sonata
Sonatina for flute
1957 (21)
Five Pieces for orchestra
String Quartet No 3
Violin Sonata
Sonata for solo violin
Sonata for solo cello
Four Improvisations, for violin
1959 (23)
The Approaches of Sleep, for soli, chorus and orchestra
1960 (24)
Journal, for orchestra
Calendar, for chamber ensemble
Winter Music, for flute and piano (also for orchestra)
1961 (25)
The Ledges, one-act opera
Suite Française, for small orchestra
Oboe Sonata
1962 (26)
London Pastoral Fantasy, for tenor and chamber orchestra
Three Elegies, for chorus
Fantasy, for piano
Sonata No 2 for solo violin
1964 (28)
The Mines of Sulphur, opera
Jazz Calendar, ballet in seven scenes
Aubade, for orchestra
String Quartet No 4
Nocturnes, for piano
1965 (29)
Symphony No 1
Trio for oboe, flute and clarinet
Diversions, for piano
1966 (30)
Epithalamion, for voices and orchestra
Childe Rolande, for voice and piano
1967 (31)
A Penny for a Song, opera
Symphony No 2
Wind Quintet
The Music That Her Echo Is, song cycle
1968 (32)
Piano Concerto
All the King's Men, children's opera
Crazy Jane, for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano
1969 (33)
A Garland for Marjory Fleming, for soprano and piano 1
970 (34)
Guitar Concerto
1972 (36)
Commedia II, for flute, cello and piano 1
973 (37)
Concerto for Orchestra
Viola Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra
Commedia III, for flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, two percussion, piano/celesta, violin and cello
Commedia IV, for two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba
Alba, for organ
Scena I, for piano
Scena II, for cello
1974 (38)
Spell, for soprano, chorus and orchestra
Love Spells, for soprano and orchestra
Sonnet Sequence, for tenor and strings
Four-piece Suite, divertimento for two pianos
Time's Whiter Series, for counter-tenor and lute
1975 (39)
Violin Concerto in two movements
Oboe Quartet
Travel Notes, Book 1, for string quartet
1976 (40)
Zodiac, for orchestra
Serenade, for orchestra
The Little Ghost who Died for Love, for soprano and piano
Travel Notes, Book II, for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon
1977 (41)
Actaeon (Metamorphosis 1), for horn and orchestra
Music for Strings
Kandinsky Variations, for two pianos
Scena III, for solo clarinet
Eustace and Hilda, for piano
Eustace and Hilda, TV incidental music
The Christians, TV incidental music
1978 (42)
Double-bass Concerto
Horn Sonata, with piano
Violin Sonata, with piano
1979 (43)
Sonnets to Orpheus, for cello and orchestra
Just Friends in Print, for voice and piano
Nonsense, for youth choir and orchestra
1980 (44)
Harpsichord Concerto
Metamorphoses, octet
Puer Nobis, for chorus
1981 (45)
Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing-birds, for flute solo
Music for string quartet
Impromptu on the name of Haydn, for piano
Sonatina for clarinet solo
Noctuary, ballet, for piano
Vocalise, for soprano and piano
Isadore, ballet
1982 (46)
Anniversaries, for ensemble
Freda's Fandango, for ensemble
After Syrinx, for oboe and piano
Summer Music, for flute and piano 1
983 (47)
Memento, for flute and string orchestra
Concerto for wind quintet
Guitar Sonata
Letters to Lindbergh, for female voices and piano duet
Seachange, for unaccompanied chorus
1984 (48)
After Syrinx II, for marimba
Nonsense, for chorus and piano duet
Five Sonnets of Louise Labé, for soprano and eleven players
Lullay Mine Liking, for unaccompanied chorus


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