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RAINIER, Priaulx
b Howick, Natal, South Africa, 3 February 1903
d Besse-en-Chandesse, Auvergne, France, 10 October 1986, aged eighty-three

She was born in a remote area near Zululand. At the age of ten she went as a violin student to the South African College of Music. In 1920 a scholarship brought her to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she settled permanently. A grant in 1935 enabled her to concentrate on composition. Before the outbreak of World War II she studied briefly with Boulanger in Paris. In 1942 she was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy and she was elected a fellow in 1953. Also in 1953 she was made a Collard fellow of the Worshipful Company of the City of London. She has received many commissions.

1937 (34)

Three Greek Epigrams, for soprano and piano

1939 (36)

String Quartet

1943 (40)

Suite for clarinet and piano

1945 (42)

Sonata for viola and piano

1947 (44)

Sinfonia da Camera

1948 (45)

Dance of the Rain, for tenor and guitar

Ubunzima, for high voice and guitar

1949 (46)

Barbaric Dance Suite, for piano

1950 (47)

Ballet Suite, for orchestra

1951 (48)

Five Pieces for keyboard

1953 (50)

Cycle for Declamation, for solo soprano, tenor or baritone

1954 (51)

Six Pieces for five woodwind instruments

1955-6 (52-3)

Requiem, for solo tenor and chorus

1959 (56)

Trio-suite for violin, cello and piano

1960 (57)

Pastoral Triptych, for solo oboe

1960-1 (57-8)

Phala-Phala, dance concerto for orchestra

1961-2 (58-9)

Quanta, for oboe and string trio

1963-5 (60-2)

Cello Suite

1964 (61)

Concerto for cello and orchestra

1965-6 (62-3)

String Trio

1966-7 (63-4)

Aequora Lunae, for orchestra

1969-73 (66-70)

Trios and Triads for ten trios and percussion

1970 (67)

The Bee Oracles, for tenor or baritone and ensemble

1971 (68)

Quinque, for harpsichord

1972 (69)

Organ Gloriana, for organ

1973 (70)

Duo-Vision and Prayer, for tenor and piano

Ploermel, for winds and percussion

1974 (71)

Primordial Canticles, for organ

1974-5 (712)

Prayers from the Ark, for harp

1974-7 (71-4)

Violin Concerto

1977 (74)

Concertante Duo for oboe, clarinet and small orchestra

1981 (78)

Concertante for Two Winds, for oboe, clarinet and orchestra

1983 (80)

Grand Duo, for cello and piano

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