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Martin Dalby
1942 - 2018
Great Britain, Scotland
J.M. Dalby
John Martin [Martin] Dalby (25/04/1942 - 25/10/2018), a Scottish composer. He was born in Aberdeen. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and in 1960 won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and viola with Frederick Riddle. In 1963 the Octavia Prize and a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship enabled him to spend two years in Italy where besides composing he played the viola with a small Italian Chamber Orchestra. In 1965 he was appointed as a music producer to the BBC's newly formed Music Programme (later to be Radio 3.) In 1971 he became the Cramb Research Fellow in Composition at the University of Glasgow and in 1972 returned to the BBC as Head of Music, Scotland. In 1991 he relinquished this post in order to pursue a more creative role. In 1993 he retired from the BBC and now composes full time.
Requiem for Philip Sparrow
Composed in:1967
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:John Skelton
In memory of:Philip Sparrow (protagonist of Skelton's poem Phyllyp Sparowe)
Requiem for Philip Sparrow for mezzo-soprano, SATB chorus, 3 oboes(CA) and strings. Duration 22 minutes. Words from the poem Philip Sparrow by John Skelton (c.1460-1529). Commissioned by the Tilford Bach Choir who gave the first performance with Sybil Michelow at a Victoria and Albert Museum concert, conducted by Denys Darlow in London, on 10 March 1968.
J. Skelton