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Gregory Donovan
1959 - 2010
G. Donovan
Gregory Donovan (1959 - 2010), an Australian composer; born in Sydney. He began his piano studies at the age of six. He furthered his musical and piano studies under Richard Gill from 1978-1979 and took up the cello, studying with Cedric Ashton. Donovan started to composer seriously by the age of twelve, with a mini-opera, The Hobbit, being publicly performed by the Hunters Hill junior music club. Majoring in composition at the NSW Conservatorium, he studied under Ross Edwards and Don Banks from 1979. In the decade from 1980-1990, Donovan wrote, recorded, performed and toured with a variety of rock and fringe acts including Wet Taxis, Beasts of Bourbon, the Johnnys and Louis Tillett, whilst continuing to compose and perform in a contemporary classical genre. In 1991 Donovan moved to Central Macdonald, northwest of Sydney, where he built a house and studio on the Macdonald River where he now works and resides. In 1994 he formed a piano trio with violinist Kathryn Brownhill and cellist Catherine Tabrett, which performed as the Ghost Trio for the next ten years, performing in a variety of venues from formal concert spaces to the Basement in Sydney, country pubs and outdoor festivals. Donovan performs regularly as a solo pianist. A long passion for the ancient Egyptian civilization led the composer to travel extensively throughout Egypt and embark on an attempt to further unravel the decipherment of ancient Egyptian music, a project which will see him return to personally investigate source material in the Beni Hassan tombs in Middle Egypt. This has involved study in the ancient language at Sydney University. While much of Donovan's music is atonal, it maintains a romantic sensibility which, in avoiding strict serialism or other such artifices, aims at the heart as well as the head.
Secular requiem : do not go gentle into that good night
Period:21st century
Composed in:2002
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
Secular requiem: do not go gentle into that good night (2002) for SATB choir, 3 flutes (doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (doubling cor anglias), 3 clarinets in B flat and A (doubling bass clarinet), 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings. Poem by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).
D. Thomas