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William Havergal Brian
1876 - 1972
Great Britain, England
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W.H. Brian
Havergal Brian (29/01/1876 - 28/11/1972), an English composer from Dresden (Staffordshire). In a long career, he made little concession to the practical economies of performance in a series of orchestral compositions on a grand scale, including 32 symphonies, many of which were for long denied professional performance. The massive Gothic Symphony, the first of these, was written between 1919 and 1927 and includes a setting of the Te Deum. The last symphony was written in 1968. Havergal Brian's works are now at last winning a hearing, after earlier neglect. His musical language is complex but tonal and however eccentric he is never less than impressive.
Requiem
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1900c
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:texts of the Scripture, modern and ancient hymns
This requiem is lost, probably discarded by Brian before 1907. It was for baritone solo, mixed chorus SATB, orchestra. The text was compiled by Brian from the New Testament and Hymns ancient and modern. As far as we can tell this was Brian's first work involving orchestra, and the selection of texts shows that it was no conventional setting of the requiem mass: Brian's inspiration in this respect may have been the German Requiem of Brahms, a work he greatly admired.
Author:Malcolm MacDonald
Requiem for the rose
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1911
Musical form:song
Label(s):Campion Records RR2CD 1331/2
Requiem for soprano and alt chorus, 3 flutes (1 also picc), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horn, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, harp, strings. It is part of the so-called Herrick Songs, part 2:
1 Go, happy rose - lost
2 Requiem for the rose
3 The hag