The Lesser Spotted Composer

About The Lesser Spotted Composer

About The Lesser Spotted Composer

By | March 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm | One comment

It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall...

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Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950)

Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950)

By | August 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm | One comment

Jack, as he was to his friends, was born on the last day of 1894 to an Irish Protestant priest, Joseph Moeran, in the Middlesex town of Heston – shortly afterwards the family moved to Bacton in the Norfolk Fen Country. Moeran’s mother, Esther, was a granddaughter of the...

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Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977)

Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977)

By | July 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm | No comments

The early part of Alexander Tcherepnin’s St Petersburg upbringing was steeped in the upper echelons of Russian culture. His father, Nikolai, was the conductor for the first season of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe. The young Tcherepnin met many of the leading lights of Russian...

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William Alwyn (1905-1985) and Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)

William Alwyn (1905-1985) and Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)

By | July 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm | No comments

William Alwyn, born William Alwyn Smith in Northampton, began his journey in music at the age of 5, when is parents bought him a piccolo. His very first composition was a piece for solo piccolo, which he wrote at the age of 10. Alwyn went on to enter the Royal Academy of Music...

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Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

By | June 16, 2013 at 11:10 am | No comments

Ethel Smyth began her musical education at her London boarding school and at home – she once described her mother as “one of the most musical people I have ever known”. Despite the disapproval of her father, who was a Major General in the Royal Artillery, she became set on...

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Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

By | June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm | No comments

Fritz Kreisler sits high on the pantheon of great violin virtuosos. The first part of his career was closely linked with two important figures in the LSO’s early history. He made his début with the Berlin Philharmonic under Arthur Nikisch’s baton and later joined him on one...

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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-99)

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-99)

By | May 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm | No comments

Dittersdorf was born in Vienna as August Carl Ditters to a family of moderate means. His father, a military tailor in Charles VI’s army, was able to provide for his son a good education and private instruction in music, violin, French and religion. At the age of 11, he was...

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Henry Litolff (1818-91)

Henry Litolff (1818-91)

By | May 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm | 4 comments

Henry Charles Litolff was born in London to an Alsatian father and a mother of Scottish parenthood. He was taught piano by his father, who was a violinist by profession. His brilliant musical talent was allowed to flourish when, as a child, he went to work at F W Collard’s...

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