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John McCabe
1939 - 2015
Great Britain, England
J. McCabe
John McCabe (21/04/1939 - 13/02/2015), an English composer, born in Huyton, Liverpool. A prolific composer from an early age, John McCabe had written thirteen symphonies by the time he was eleven. After studies in Manchester and Munich he embarked upon a career as a composer and virtuoso pianist (he still tours internationally as a recitalist). He has worked in almost every genre, though large-scale forms lie at the heart of his catalogue with five symphonies, fifteen concertante works and eight ballet scores to his name. Like many composers of his generation, McCabe experimented with serialism in his early career but his mature style is characterised by a dramatic post-tonalism, and vivid orchestrations. He first became known as a pianist, playing Bax, Corigliano, Haydn, Hindemith, Rawsthorne, and Webern. As a composer, he first gained attention with the orchestral song cycle Notturni ed Alba (1970). He has written five acknowledged symphonies (1965-2000), a number of ballets, string quartets, and solo instrumental music (particularly for the piano). However, it is for his concerti that he is perhaps best known. He has written four for his own instrument, the piano (1966-76), and three for one or two violins (1959, 1980, 2003) as well as one each for viola (1962), harpsichord (1968), oboe d'amore (1972), clarinet (1977), orchestra (1982), trumpet (1987) and flute (1990), and double concertos for viola and cello (1965) and clarinet and oboe (1988). John McCabe was made CBE in 1983 for his services to music.
Requiem Sequence
Composed in:1971
Musical form:fragment
Requiem Sequence (1971) for soprano and piano. Duration: 13'. First performance: 7 February 1979 by Jane Manning, soprano and Richard Rodney Bennett, piano at Wigmore Hall, London.