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BUSH, Alan
b London, 22 December 1900
d 31 October 1995, Radlett

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1918 to 1922. In 1921 he met Ireland, and was his pupil from 1922 to 1927. In 1925 he was appointed professor at the Royal Academy. He went to Berlin in 1929, studying philosophy and musicology at the university. In 1935 he became a member of the Communist Party, and the following year he formed the Workers' Music Association. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1950, and afterwards toured as conductor, mainly in East European countries.

1923 (23)

String Quartet

1924 (24)

Piano Quartet

1924-5 (24-5)

Five Pieces for clarinet, horn and string quartet

1925 (25)

Two Songs for soprano, chorus and orchestra

1927 (27)

Symphonic Impressions

Prelude and Fugue for piano 1

928 (28)

Relinquishment, for piano 1

929 (29)

Dialectic, for string quartet

Songs of the Doomed, for tenor, female chorus and piano 1

930-5 (30-5)

Dance Overture

1936 (36)

.Concert Piece for cello and piano 1

937 (37)

Piano Concerto for baritone, piano, chorus and orchestra

1940 (40)

Symphony No 1

1941 (41)

Meditation on a German Song, for violin, piano and strings

1942 (42)

A Birthday Overture

1943 (43)

Esquisse: Le 14 juillet, for piano

Britain's Part, for speaker, chorus, percussion and piano

1944 (44)

Lyric Interlude, for violin and piano

1945 (45)

Resolution, overture

English Folk Songs for chorus

1946 (46)

The Press-Gang, children's opera

Homage to William Sterndale Bennett, for strings

English Suite, for strings

Winter Journey, for soprano, baritone, chorus, strings and harp

1947 (47)

Piers Plowman's Day, suite

Three Concert Studies for piano trio

1948 (48)

Violin Concerto

1949-51 (48-51)

Wat Tyler, opera

1949 (49)

Symphony No 2, 'Nottingham'

Song of Fellowship, for baritone, chorus and orchestra

1950 (50)

The Dream of Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, for male chorus and piano

Times of Day, three children's pieces for piano

1951 (51)

Trent's Broad Reaches, for horn and piano

Outdoors and Indoors, for cello and piano

1952 (52)

Concert Suite for cello and orchestra

Defender of Peace, for orchestra

Three English Song Preludes for organ

Ten English Folk Songs for chorus

Voices of the Prophets, for voices and piano

1953 (53)

The Spell Unbound, children's opera

Pavane for the Castleton Queen, for brass band

Northumbrian Impressions, for oboe and piano

The Ballad of Freedom's Soldier, for tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra

1954 (54)

Autumn Poem, for horn and piano

1954-5 (54 5)

Men of Blackmoor, opera

1957 (57)

Nocturne for piano

Melodies for viola and piano 1957-8 (57-8)

Two Ballads of the Sea, for piano

1958 (58)

Ballad of Aldermaston, for speaker, chorus and orchestra

The World is His Song, for baritone, chorus and orchestra

1959 (59)

Dorian passacaglia and Fugue

1959-60 (59-60)

Byron Symphony, for baritone, chorus and orchestra

1960 (60)

Suite for harpsichord/piano

1961 (61)

The Ferryman's Daughter, children's opera

Three Raga Melodies, for violin

The Tide That Will Never Turn, for two speakers, baritone, chorus and orchestra

1962 (62)

The Sugar Reapers, opera

Variations, Nocturne and Finale on an English Sea Song, for piano and orchestra

1963-4 (63-4)

Prelude, Air and Dance for violin, string quartet and percussion

1965 (65)

Partita Concertante

Two Dances for cimbalon

1966-8 (66-8)

Joe Hill: The Man Who Never Died, opera

1967 (67)

Suite for two pianos

1968 (68)

The Alps and Andes of the Living World, for speaker, tenor, chorus and orchestra

1968-9 (68-9)

Five Songs of the Asian Struggle, for chorus and piano

Time Remembered, for chamber orchestra

1969 (69)

Scherzo for wind and percussion

Serenade for string quartet

The Freight of Harvest, for tenor and piano

1969-70 (69-70)

Sonata for piano

1971-2 (71-2)

Africa, symphonic movement for piano and orchestra

1972 (72)

The Liverpool Overture

Corentyne Kwe-Kwe, for piano

Song for Angela Davis, for chorus and piano

1973 (73)

Festival March of British Youth, for brass band

Four Songs for mezzo and piano

1974 (74)

Two Songs for baritone and piano

Letter Galliard, for piano

1975 (75)

Suite of Six, for string quartet

Sonatina for recorders and piano

1976 (76)

Compass Points, for pipes

1977 (77)

Twenty-four Preludes for piano

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