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Lennox Berekeley


Lennox Berekeley : complete music for violin and piano, and solo violin / Lennox Berkeley, Arabella Teniswood-Harvey, Edward Paling

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Lennox Berkeley music for Violin and Piano and solo Violin

Sir Lennox Berkeley was one of the most accomplished, creative and respected British composers of the twentieth century. His prolific output of works covers all genres of musical composition including opera, music for the theatre and cinema, symphonic music, chamber music, piano music and a vast amount of choral music.

He admired the music of Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and the neo-classical Stravinsky; formed close friendships with Benjamin Britten, Ravel and Poulenc; mixed with W.H. Auden, Diaghilev, Cocteau, Segovia and Les six; and taught a generation of British composers including David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Brian Ferneyhough, Professor Peter Dickinson and Sir John Tavener.
Born into an aristocratic family, Berkeley studied French, Old French and Philology at Merton College, Oxford, graduating with a BA in 1926. That same year he met Ravel, who - upon seeing some of Berkeley's scores - advised him to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Berkeley moved to Paris, and was based there until 1932. Largely self-taught prior to then, Berkeley flourished under Boulanger's rigorous tutelage.

During World War II Berkeley worked on orchestral programs at the BBC in London, and then from 1946 to 1968 he was professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Berkeley was given honorary status at a number of universities and professional bodies during the 1970s and 80s, and was the recipient of many honours, including a knighthood in 1974.

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