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JOSEPHS, Wilfred
b Newcastle, 24 July 1927
d London 17 November 1997

He studied medicine and then trained as a dentist. He found time for composing and won a Gaudeamus Prize with a piano trio. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music he was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship which took him to Paris for a year as a pupil of Max Deutsch. He has won first prize at the International Composition Competition in Milan and the Harriet Cohen Commonwealth Medal.

1950 (23)

Machine Made, for theatre orchestra

1955 (28)

The Ants, comedy overture

Symphony No 1

Siesta, for violin and piano

1957 (30)

Elegy, for strings

Wry Rumba, for wind quintet

Twelve Letters, for speaker, clarinet, piano and string trio

1959 (32)

Little Venice Serenade, for small orchestra

Pieces pour ma belle-mere, for piano

Concerto a Dodici, for wind ensemble

1960 (33)

Concerto da camera, for violin, harpsichord and strings

1961 (34)

The Magical Being, ballet

Meditatio de Beornmundo, for viola, two oboes, two horns and strings

Aeolian Dances, for orchestra

Monkchester Dances, for orchestra

An Old English Suite, for clarinet sextet

String Quintet, incorporated in Requiem

1962 (35)

The Nottingham Captain, music-theatre

Cello Concerto

Five Fictitious Folk Songs, for woodwind quartet

1962-8 (35-41)

King of the Coast, musical for children

1963 (36)

Pathelin, opera-entertainment

Chacony, for violin and piano

Piano Sonata

Requiem, for baritone, double chorus, string quintet and orchestra

Four Chinese Lyrics, for two voices and piano/guitar

1964 (37)

Symphony No 2

Octet, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet and double-bass

Protégez-moi, for children's chorus and instruments

1964-5 (37-8)

La Répetition de Phedre, ballet

1965 (38)

Piano Concerto No 1

Canzonas on a Theme of Rameau, for strings

Sonata for violin and piano

So She Went into the Garden, for chorus and piano

Four Japanese Lyrics, for voice, clarinet and piano

1966 (39)

Concerto for light orchestra

Trio for flute, violin and piano

Fourteen Studies for piano

String Trio

This is the Key to the Kingdom, for children's chorus

Two Cat Songs, for chorus

1967 (40)

Adam and Eve, for speaker and ensemble

Polemic, for strings

Rail, symphonic picture

Concerto for oboe, percussion and small orchestra

Symphony No 3, Philadelphia, for chamber orchestra

1967-9 (40-2)

Mortales, for solo voices, chorus, children's chorus and orchestra

1968 (41)

The Appointment, television opera

Serenade for small orchestra

Toccata for guitar

Three Medieval Lyrics, for chorus and wind quintet

1969 (42)

Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for orchestra

Concerto for two violins and chamber orchestra

Twenty-nine Preludes for piano

1969-70 (42-3)

Symphony No 4 for alto, baritone and orchestra

1970 (43)

Sonata for cello and piano

Nightmusic, for alto and orchestra

Death of a Young Man, for baritone and orchestra

1971 (44)

Symphony No 5, Pastoral

Piano Concerto No 2 with chamber orchestra

The Last Post, for orchestra

Horn Trio for horn, violin and piano

String Quartet

Happytaphs, for children's chorus and piano

A Child of the Universe, music-theatre

1972 (45l Saratoga Concerto, for guitar, harp, harpsichord and chamber orchestra

Encore on a Theme of Scott Joplin, for guitar, harp and harpsichord

Songs of Innocence, for chorus and orchestra

1972-4 (45-7)

Symphony No 6 for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra

1973 (46)

Five Pieces for unaccompanied voices

Solo Oboe Pieces

1974 (47)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, overture

Concerto for brass band

Concerto for school orchestra

A Trio of Trios, for piano and violins

Sonata for two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba

1975 (46)

Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra

Sonata No 2 for violin and piano

Waltz and Song for harp and strings

1976 (49)

Symphony No 7 for small orchestra

1977 (50)

Symphony No 8 for wind

Piano Quintet

Sonata Duo for piano (four hands)

Sonata for flute and piano

1980 (53)

Consort Music for brass

Double-bass Concerto

Double-bass Sonata

Tombeaux, for organ

Equus, ballet

1981 (54)

The Brontes, overture

Eight Aphorisms, for trombone octet

Quartet Prelude in honour of Joseph Haydn

String Quartet No 4

Testimony, toccata for organ

Blessings, for chorus and organ

Spring Songs, for chorus

1982 (55)

High Spirits, overture

Percussion Concerto with brass

Two Flute Studies

The Montgolfiers' Famous Flying Globe, operetta for schools

Viola Concerto

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