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Alan Bush was born in London in the year 1900, and studied music at the RAM. In 1921 he met Ireland and in the following year began to study composition with him privately. He also studied philosophy and musicology at the University of Berlin.

He left us four symphonies:
no. 1 in C, opus 21, 1940;
no. 2 ‘Nottingham’, opus 33, 1949;
no. 3 ‘Byron’, opus 53, including parts for baritone and chorus, 1960;
and no. 4 ‘Lascaux’, opus 98, 1983.

There is a remarkable piano Concerto, 1937,
and a Violin Concerto, opus 32, 1948;

Also noteworthy are a String Quartet in A minor, opus 4, 1923;
a piano quartet, opus 5, 1924;
Dialectic opus 15, for string quartet, 1929;
his four operas, and a great deal more.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2022, 09:21:49 pm »

Probably his political views did not endear him to the musical establishment. I like his work myself, though I have never gor my head round his 4th symphony.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2022, 09:40:21 pm »

Probably his political views did not endear him to the musical establishment. I like his work myself, though I have never gor my head round his 4th symphony.

I like Alan Bush's music! The "Nottingham" Symphony and the Piano Concerto are excellent, as are his operas - especially "Joe Hill" (several are in the archive)...

Men of Blackmoor (1954-55)
Joseph Ward, ten (Geordie); Nielson Taylor, bar (Daniel); Jane Manning, sop (Sarah); Carole Rosen, mezzo (Jenny); Norman Lumsden, bass (Thomas); Gordon Farrall, bar (Fletcher); John Stentson, bass (Lead Miner); Peter Bingham, ten (Young Lead Miner); Jolyon Dodgson, bass (Soldier); Derek Perry, ten (1st Miner);  Derek Williamson, ten (2nd Miner); Brian Fish, bass (3rd Miner); Terence Rogan, bass (4th Miner)/ BBC Northern Singers/ BBC CO/ Stanford Robinson (br. 2/10/1969, 11/1/1995)

The Sugar Reapers (1962-65) - excerpts [sung in German]
Joseph Hrubrant, bar (Johnny Lucas); Helga Leuchtmann, sop (Sumintra); Edgar Waehlte, ten (Joseph Lucas); Katric Woelzel, mezzo (Mrs Lucas); Guntfried Speck, bass (Pansar); Stannoff Petroff, bass (Ganesh Maraj); Anna Tomova-Sintov, sop (Ella); Helmut Koltz, bar (Souza); Helmut Evle, bar (African Villager); Anna Barová, mezzo (African Village Worker); Bernd Siegfried Weber, bass (Georgetown Officer); Werner Atzrodt, ten (Indian Worker)/ Leipzig Opera Chorus/ Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Rolf Reuter (br. 24/9/1976)

Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died (1965-67)
Malcolm Donnelly, bass (Joe Hill); Tom McDonnell, bar (Ed Rowan); Richard Angas, bass (Alexander Marshall); Henry Howell, ten (Ben Winton); Phyllis Cannan, sop (Hilda); Milla Andrew, sop (Martha, Viola Healey); Raimund Herincx, bari (Blake, Judge Beard); Frank Olegario, bass (Henry Weber, Stone); Willard White, bass (John Moody, District Attorney);
Bryan Drake, bar (Isidore Rabinowitz, William Weed); Tom Swift, ten (Tom Sharpe); Maxwell Harrison, bar (Adam Steele); Kenneth Woollam, ten (Harry Macrae); Graeme Matheson-Bruce, ten (Scott McBridge, Judge Weitch, Cowboy); Alan Woodrow, ten (Judge Mitchell, O’Leary, Italian); Glyn Davenport, bass (Mike Daly, Rev White, Policeman); Alan Watt, bass (Gordon, Engineer, Greek Worker); Gillian Ramsden, mezzo (Martin Henderson)/ Ed Bishop, narrator/
BBC Singers/ BBC CO/ James Judd (br. 11/4/1981)

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2022, 10:14:17 pm »

Probably his political views did not endear him to the musical establishment. I like his work myself, though I have never gor my head round his 4th symphony.

I like Alan Bush's music! The "Nottingham" Symphony and the Piano Concerto are excellent, as are his operas - especially "Joe Hill" (several are in the archive)...

Men of Blackmoor (1954-55)
Joseph Ward, ten (Geordie); Nielson Taylor, bar (Daniel); Jane Manning, sop (Sarah); Carole Rosen, mezzo (Jenny); Norman Lumsden, bass (Thomas); Gordon Farrall, bar (Fletcher); John Stentson, bass (Lead Miner); Peter Bingham, ten (Young Lead Miner); Jolyon Dodgson, bass (Soldier); Derek Perry, ten (1st Miner);  Derek Williamson, ten (2nd Miner); Brian Fish, bass (3rd Miner); Terence Rogan, bass (4th Miner)/ BBC Northern Singers/ BBC CO/ Stanford Robinson (br. 2/10/1969, 11/1/1995)

The Sugar Reapers (1962-65) - excerpts [sung in German]
Joseph Hrubrant, bar (Johnny Lucas); Helga Leuchtmann, sop (Sumintra); Edgar Waehlte, ten (Joseph Lucas); Katric Woelzel, mezzo (Mrs Lucas); Guntfried Speck, bass (Pansar); Stannoff Petroff, bass (Ganesh Maraj); Anna Tomova-Sintov, sop (Ella); Helmut Koltz, bar (Souza); Helmut Evle, bar (African Villager); Anna Barová, mezzo (African Village Worker); Bernd Siegfried Weber, bass (Georgetown Officer); Werner Atzrodt, ten (Indian Worker)/ Leipzig Opera Chorus/ Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Rolf Reuter (br. 24/9/1976)

Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died (1965-67)
Malcolm Donnelly, bass (Joe Hill); Tom McDonnell, bar (Ed Rowan); Richard Angas, bass (Alexander Marshall); Henry Howell, ten (Ben Winton); Phyllis Cannan, sop (Hilda); Milla Andrew, sop (Martha, Viola Healey); Raimund Herincx, bari (Blake, Judge Beard); Frank Olegario, bass (Henry Weber, Stone); Willard White, bass (John Moody, District Attorney);
Bryan Drake, bar (Isidore Rabinowitz, William Weed); Tom Swift, ten (Tom Sharpe); Maxwell Harrison, bar (Adam Steele); Kenneth Woollam, ten (Harry Macrae); Graeme Matheson-Bruce, ten (Scott McBridge, Judge Weitch, Cowboy); Alan Woodrow, ten (Judge Mitchell, O’Leary, Italian); Glyn Davenport, bass (Mike Daly, Rev White, Policeman); Alan Watt, bass (Gordon, Engineer, Greek Worker); Gillian Ramsden, mezzo (Martin Henderson)/ Ed Bishop, narrator/
BBC Singers/ BBC CO/ James Judd (br. 11/4/1981)

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What is this archive? I want it!
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2022, 05:42:22 pm »

Probably his political views did not endear him to the musical establishment. I like his work myself, though I have never gor my head round his 4th symphony.

I like Alan Bush's music! The "Nottingham" Symphony and the Piano Concerto are excellent, as are his operas - especially "Joe Hill" (several are in the archive)...

Men of Blackmoor (1954-55)
Joseph Ward, ten (Geordie); Nielson Taylor, bar (Daniel); Jane Manning, sop (Sarah); Carole Rosen, mezzo (Jenny); Norman Lumsden, bass (Thomas); Gordon Farrall, bar (Fletcher); John Stentson, bass (Lead Miner); Peter Bingham, ten (Young Lead Miner); Jolyon Dodgson, bass (Soldier); Derek Perry, ten (1st Miner);  Derek Williamson, ten (2nd Miner); Brian Fish, bass (3rd Miner); Terence Rogan, bass (4th Miner)/ BBC Northern Singers/ BBC CO/ Stanford Robinson (br. 2/10/1969, 11/1/1995)

The Sugar Reapers (1962-65) - excerpts [sung in German]
Joseph Hrubrant, bar (Johnny Lucas); Helga Leuchtmann, sop (Sumintra); Edgar Waehlte, ten (Joseph Lucas); Katric Woelzel, mezzo (Mrs Lucas); Guntfried Speck, bass (Pansar); Stannoff Petroff, bass (Ganesh Maraj); Anna Tomova-Sintov, sop (Ella); Helmut Koltz, bar (Souza); Helmut Evle, bar (African Villager); Anna Barová, mezzo (African Village Worker); Bernd Siegfried Weber, bass (Georgetown Officer); Werner Atzrodt, ten (Indian Worker)/ Leipzig Opera Chorus/ Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/ Rolf Reuter (br. 24/9/1976)

Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died (1965-67)
Malcolm Donnelly, bass (Joe Hill); Tom McDonnell, bar (Ed Rowan); Richard Angas, bass (Alexander Marshall); Henry Howell, ten (Ben Winton); Phyllis Cannan, sop (Hilda); Milla Andrew, sop (Martha, Viola Healey); Raimund Herincx, bari (Blake, Judge Beard); Frank Olegario, bass (Henry Weber, Stone); Willard White, bass (John Moody, District Attorney);
Bryan Drake, bar (Isidore Rabinowitz, William Weed); Tom Swift, ten (Tom Sharpe); Maxwell Harrison, bar (Adam Steele); Kenneth Woollam, ten (Harry Macrae); Graeme Matheson-Bruce, ten (Scott McBridge, Judge Weitch, Cowboy); Alan Woodrow, ten (Judge Mitchell, O’Leary, Italian); Glyn Davenport, bass (Mike Daly, Rev White, Policeman); Alan Watt, bass (Gordon, Engineer, Greek Worker); Gillian Ramsden, mezzo (Martin Henderson)/ Ed Bishop, narrator/
BBC Singers/ BBC CO/ James Judd (br. 11/4/1981)

 :)
Ed Bishop! Wow! :o The same Ed Bishop of the Gerry Anderson sci-fi show,Ufo! I can't help seeing him as Commander Ed Straker!  I'll have to get out my purple wig!! :o ;D

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