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Elaine Hugh-Jones
1927 - 2021
Great Britain, Wales
E. Hugh-Jones
Elaine Hugh-Jones (14/06/1927 - 29/03/2021) is a female Welsh pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in London and studied piano with Harold Craxton, Julian Isserlis and with Lennox Berkeley. After completing her studies, she took a position as an accompanist with the BBC where she worked for 37 years. She also taught music at Malvern Girls' College. Elaine Hugh-Jones has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a professional pianist, accompanist, composer and teacher. Her keyboard training was with Dr. F. W. Wadsley, Harold Craxton and Julius Isserlis, and composition lessons with Sir Lennox Berkeley. She was an official accompanist for the BBC for 37 years. The pianist Michael Jones has written, "Hugh-Jones's songs are particularly notable for their richly imaginative piano parts allied to frequently memorable vocal lines. In recent years her piano writing has moved towards a more orchestral conception..." She most frequently composes for solo voice and chorus and many of her songs have been broadcast and performed in Switzerland, the United States, Norway, France, Italy and London.
Elaine was a Welsh pianist, composer and an educationalist. She studied piano with Harold Craxton, and also with Julian Isserlis and Lennox Berkeley. She later taught at Malvern Girls College, and worked for 37 years at the BBC. She died in Malvern at the age of 93. She is remembered chiefly for her many attractive song settings, often to words by Frances Cornford and Walter de la Mare.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"Song" for voice and piano, from The Silent Land.
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
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