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RUBBRA, Edmund
b Northampton, 23 May 1901
d Gerrards Cross, 14 February 1986, aged eighty-five

He studied privately under Cyril Scott, and won composition scholarships to Reading University (1920) and the Royal College of Music (1921). From 1947 to 1968 he was lecturer in music at Oxford University and from 1961 professor of composition at the Guildhall School. Among his awards are a Collard Fellowship in 1948; the Cobbett Medal (1955); an honorary LLD at Leicester University (1959); the CBE (1960); and Fellowship of Worcester College, Oxford (1963). He was also a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and a member of the Royal Academy of Music. Held degrees of MA (Oxford) and honorary Dmus (Durham).

1921 (20)

The Secret Hymnody, for mixed choir and orchestra

1924 (23)

Double Fugue for orchestra

1925 (24)

La belle dame sans merci, for mixed chorus and small orchestra

Violin Sonata No 1

1929 (28)

Triple Fugue for orchestra

1g31 (30)

Piano Concerto

Violin Sonata No 2

1933 (32)

Bee-Bee-Bei, one-act opera

1934 (33)

Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra

Rhapsody, for violin and orchestra

1936 (35)

Symphony No 1

1937 (36)

Symphony No 2

String Quartet in F minor

1g38 (37)

Prism, ballet music

1939 (38)

Symphony No 3

1941 (40)

Symphony No 4

The Morning Watch, for choir and orchestra

1944 (43)

Soliloquy, for cello and orchestra

1946 (45)

Missa Cantuariensis, for double choir unaccompanied except for organ in the Credo

1947 (46)

Festival Overture, for orchestra

Cello Sonata in G minor

Symphony No 5 in Bb major (1947-8)

1948 (47)

The Buddha, suite for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello

1951 (50)

Festival Te Deum, for soprano, chorus and orchestra

String Quartet No 2 in Eb major

1952 (51)

Viola Concerto in A major

1954 (53)

Symphony No 6

1955 (54)

Piano Concerto in G major

1956 (55)

Symphony No 7 in C major

1957 (56)

In Honorem Mariae matris Dei, cantata

1958 (57)

Oboe Sonata in C major

Pezzo Ostinato, for harp

1959 (58)

Violin Concerto

1961 (60)

Cantata da Camera (Crucifixus pro nobis)

1964 (63)

String Quartet No 3

Improvisation for solo cello

1965 (64)

Inscape, suite for-chorus, strings and harp

1966 (65)

Eight Preludes for piano

1968 (67)

Symphony No 8

Advent Cantata (Natum Maria Virgine), for baritone, chorus and small orchestra

Violin Sonata No 3

1969 (68)

Missa brevis, for treble voices and organ

1970 (69)

Piano Trio No 2

Four Studies for piano



Sinfonia Sacra; for soli, chorus and orchestra, Op 140

Transformations for solo harp, Op 141

Fanfare for Europe, for six trumpets, Op 142

Agnus Dei, for unaccompanied chorus, Op 143

Examination Piece for violin, Op 144

Chamber Symphony No 10, Op 145

This Spiritual House, for unaccompanied chorus, Op 146

Blessed is He, for unaccompanied chorus, Op 147

Fly, Envious Time, for tenor and piano, Op 148

Resurgam, overture, Op 149

String Quartet No 4, Op 150

Three Greek Folk Songs for unaccompanied chorus, Op 151

Prayer for the Queen, for unaccompanied chorus, Op 152

Symphony No 11, Op 153

Fantasia on a Chord, for recorder and harpsichord, Op 154

1980 (79)

How Shall My Tongue Express?, for unaccompanied chorus

Duo for cor anglais and piano

Mass in Honour of St Teresa of Avila, for unaccompanied chorus

Canzona for brass in honour of Ste Cecilia


St Teresa's Bookmark, for chorus and organ

Invention on the name Haydn, for piano

Fantasy Fugue for piano

Introit, for unaccompanied chorus

Rubbra has also composed music for unaccompanied choir; anthems; part-songs; and liturgical works.

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