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By Stewart R, Professor Craggs

Born in 1900, Alan Bush, the English composer, conductor and pianist, studied with Corder and Matthay, and privately with John eire. He was once appointed professor of concord and composition on the Royal Academy of song in 1925, a put up he held until eventually 1978. In 1929-31, he persevered to check at Berlin college and had piano classes with Moiseiwitsch and Schnabel. the current resource ebook files his works (many of which mirror his Communist sympathies) and the various preparations of tune by way of different composers. A wealth of element is supplied, together with revealed rankings, CD recordings, bibliographical fabric and manuscript rankings and their destinations, nearly all of which were deposited lately within the British Library through the Bush kinfolk. A chronology of the composer's lifestyles attracts on many resources together with letters and scrapbooks.

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3 (+ 4 cornets). 1/timpani/percussion and double bass First performance: London, Wembley Stadium, 2 July 1938 Members of the London/South Suburban/Watford Co-operative Societies (with speaking parts and ensemble), directed by Alan Bush Unpublished Manuscript: British Library, London. MS. Mus. 398-399: Full score in pencil (MS. Mus. 398, 5 and 6, together with 399, 1-10 in ink); MS. Mus. 400-403: parts in ink MS Mus. 398 includes: ff. 3-4 ‘Bonny Green Garters’, arranged by Bush ff. 5-8 ‘The Beaux of the City of London’, arranged by Bush ff.

On that occasion, Roussel provided the subjects for the Prelude to the four-movement work and the Fugue, Sibelius contributed the theme for an Adagio, Jongen contributed the theme for the Scherzo and Vaughan Williams the theme for a Toccata 1936-1937 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (Opus 18) in four movements 1. Con moto moderato ma deciso 2. Con vivicato, ma non troppo allegro 3. Grave 4. 1/timpani/percussion/harp/strings Dedication: “To Nancy Bush” Duration: 57ƍ First performance: London, BBC Broadcasting House, 4 March 1938 Alan Bush (piano), Dennis Noble (baritone), the BBC Male Voice Chorus, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult First concert performance (Lento and Finale only): London, Queen’s Hall, 5 April 1939 (during the Festival of Music for the People) Alan Bush (piano), Dennis Noble (baritone), the Co-operative and Labour Choirs, and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constant Lambert First complete concert performance: London, Northern Polytechnic (Holloway), 15 May 1954 Margaret Kitchin (piano), John Hargreaves (baritone), the Male Voice Choir and the Modern Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Dennington 46 · ALAN BUSH Publication: Alan Bush.

Hyde (horn) (A British Music Society Concert) Unpublished Manuscript: British Library, London. MS. Mus. 351 (ff. 202): Score and parts in ink. Dated March 1925-January 1926. The clarinet and horn parts are signed by the performers at the first performance OTHER VERSIONS Arrangement for wind and strings by the composer Unpublished 1926 TWO SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Opus 7) 1. 2. 0/harp and strings Duration: 8ƍ First performance: Unable to trace Unpublished Manuscript: British Library, London.

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