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Lloyd Vick (1915-2014) : Represented Artist

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Born in South Australia in October 1915, Lloyd Vick's musical education was undertaken at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, under the guidance of Dr E. Harold Davies, but was twice interrupted - first by the Depression, then by the composer's five years' service with the Australian Army during World War II - and he was not able to complete his degree until after 1945. He later continued his studies independently, visiting various colleges and universities while on sabbatical in England (where these included the Guildhall School of Music) and in the US (at Long Beach State University and Berkeley University).

His first teaching position was as Lecturer in Musical Composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University following the completion of his degree, and he was later appointed Senior Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he taught for over twenty years.

Vick's compositions include many choral works written at the request of Professor Frank Pooler, Master of Choral Studies at Long Beach State University, California, USA. These include works for a cappella chorus, chorus with organ or piano, and for chorus with symphonic band. Some of the works for a cappella chorus use vowels only (generally "a") such as the Two Choral Fanfares, written for the Choir of Long Beach State University. Many of the choral works were also written to feature soloists.

Lloyd Vick also wrote a Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra at the request of the American harpist, Phyllis Schlomovitz. Other harp works by Vicks include Concertante for harp, string quartet, flute and clarinet, and a number of solo harp works commissioned as recital pieces.

Vick wrote organ works for Robert Boughen, and piano works for Piers Lane. He composed songs to the words of Longfellow, Tennyson and the Canadian poet Helen Ball. Other works include music written for performances of Shakespeare's The Tempest; music for the play A Child is Born; and music for string quartet for the Queen Mother's visit to the Adelaide Art Gallery.

Vick's works are published in the United States by Jenson Music Publications, Walton Music Corporation, Aberdeen Music, Plymouth Music Co., Harpress of California & Harp Publications. His music, both published and unpublished, has been performed in many countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Concerto for harp and strings (harp with string orchestra) "Written at the request of Phyllis Schlomovitz, the wonderful harpist at Palo Alto in America"
Fragment : harp solo Commissioned by Rees Morgan, the Principal Harpist in the Qld Symphony Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample Contrasts : music for an occasion, for chorus (SATB) and symphonic band Commissioned by Frank Pooler for performance by Long Beach university Choir and Symphonic Band.
Digital sheet music sample The garden of love : for SATB chorus, solo tenor, solo soprano, piano Commissioned by Frank Pooler for performance by Long Beach University Choir.
Digital sheet music sample The unalloy'd harpist : harp solo Commissioned by Una Morgan.
Digital sheet music sample Choral capers : two short fun pieces for unaccompanied chorus Commissioned by Prof. Frank Pooler, for the choir of Long Beach University, California, and first performed by them