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John Hughes
1956 -
Great Britain, England
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J. Hughes
John Hughes (06/07/1956), an English composer, from Sutton Coldfield.
"I studied music at Royal Holloway College in the 1970s but have made a living in a variety of other fields, keeping music primarily as a leisure activity. I composed very little until about ten years ago when a chance meeting with an old college friend resulted in a short overture for a local amateur orchestra. Since then I have written a number of orchestral works, a requiem, quite a lot of brass music (some original but mostly arrangements which due to copyright restrictions are not available on this site), and a clarinet concerto. My music has been performed in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and even Croydon! In 2004 I worked on a fascinating project, composing music to accompany rare early silent films, made between 1899 and 1910 by the remarkable British pioneer cinematographer, Cecil Hepworth."
Requiem for Rachel
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1996
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass + English texts by Roger McGough
Duration:ca.50'
In memory of:Rachel Nickell
"Requiem for Rachel is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Nickell (1969 - 1992), murdered on Wimbledon Common in 1992. I came across this beautiful poem by Roger McGough whilst planning "An English Requiem" in 1994. When I read it, suddenly all the bits of the jigsaw fell into place and it became the pivot around which the whole of the piece revolves - a setting of English verse surrounded by the traditional Latin text of the requiem mass. Roger McGough wrote Last Lullaby years before Rachel Nickell was murdered on Wimbledon Common, yet anyone familiar with the circumstances of her death will appreciate why it seems to have an uncanny significance to this tragic event. It was first performed in Wimbledon in June 1996."
It contains:
- Introit
- Rex tremendae
- Lacrymosa
- Offertorium
- Sanctus / Hosanna
- Pie Jesu
- Last lullaby
- Libera me
- In Paradisum
Roger McGough (09/11/1937) is a well-known British performance poet.
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R. McGough
(text)
R. Nickell
(dedicatee)