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COWIE, Edward
b Birmingham, 17 August 1943

Studied first at the Trinity College of Music and later with Fricker, Goehr and Lutoslawski. In 1973 he was appointed lecturer and composer-in-residence at Lancaster University; visited the USA for the first time in 1977; in 1979 was guest professor at the University of Kassel, West Germany; was made professor of creative arts at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, in 1983, and for 1983-6 the composer-in-residence for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Since returning to England in 1995, Cowie has quickly re-established himself as a major and unique 'voice' in British music. He is now published by UMP ). He has recently been appointed the first Composer in Association with the BBC Singers, a position he will hold until 2005. He has also been appointed the first Artist in residence with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a position he will also hold until the end of 2005. He is now Professor and Director of Research at Dartington College of Arts, Devon England. He is now working on musical commissions, continues to paint and exhibit and is a published ornithologist. His web-site is available on www.edward-cowie.com


1969 (26)

Concerto for bass clarinet and tape

1970 (27)

Dungeness Choruses

1972 (29)

Shinkokinshu, for high voice and ensemble

1973 (30)

String Quartet No 1

Endymion Nocturnes, tenor and string quartet

Somnus ei inductus, for four trombones

1974-5 (31-2)

Leighton Moss, cantata, chorus and chamber orchestra

1975 (32)

Leviathan, symphonic poem for orchestra

Clarinet Concerto No 2

1976 (33)

Gesangbuch, for twenty-four voices and twelve instruments

Piano Variations

Piano Concerto (1976-7)

Commedia, opera (1976-8)

1977 (34)

L'or de la trompette d'été, for eighteen strings

Cathedral Music, Sonata for symphonic brass

String Quartet No 2

1979 (36)

Columbine, for soprano and chamber orchestra

Brighella's World, for baritone and piano

1980 (37)

Harlequin, for solo harp

The Falls of Clyde, for two pianos

Commedia Lazzis, for guitar

Concerto for orchestra

1980-1 (37-8)

Madrigals, for twelve voices

Leonardo, for chamber orchestra

Symphony No 1 ('The American')

Kelly-Nolan-Kelly, for clarinet in A

Kelly Variations, for piano

Kelly, opera

1981 (38)

Kelly Choruses, for voices and harp

1981-2 (38-9)

Choral Symphony (Symphonies of Rain, Sea and Speed)

1982 (39)

Kelly Ballet

Harp Concerto

Kate Kelly's Roadshow, music-theatre

Symphony No 2 ('The Australian')

1983 (40)

Missa Brevis (Mass for Peace)

Ancient Voices, for four voices

String Quartet No 3 ('Creative Arts Quartet')

String Quartet No 4 ('Australian II')

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