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Oliver Knussen
1952 -
Great Britain, Scotland
O. Knussen
Oliver Knussen (12/06/1952), a Scottish composer (born in Glasgow). He is one of the most respected figures in British contemporary music and has probably contributed more to the vitality of the British contemporary music scene (as composer, conductor and eminence grise) than any other figure. He has a wide and varied output, from chamber music works, to three symphonies and two operas, Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! - the result of a collaboration with the children’s author Maurice Sendak. In addition there are two recent concertos (for horn and violin) which have been taken up by soloists and orchestras worldwide.
His conducting career began at the age of 16 with the LSO when he conducted his First Symphony. He is now in international demand as an illuminating interpretation of twentieth century music, and he appears regularly with the major orchestras of the world. He was made a CBE in 1994 and is Conductor Laureate of the London Sinfonietta.
Requiem - Songs for Sue
Period:21st century
Composed in:2006
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:poems by Emily Dickinson, Antonio Machado, WH Auden and Rainer Maria Rilke
In memory of:the composer's wife
Knussen's Requiem - Songs for Sue (2005/2006)- world premiere in Chicago, 3rd April 2006. Oliver Knussen’s new work for soprano and ensemble of 15 players, Requiem - Songs for Sue, commissioned by MusicNOW, the new music chamber series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was premiered by British soprano Claire Booth and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer at Symphony Hall, Chicago on 3rd April 2006. The work is 12 minutes long and is a heartfelt, intimate setting of poems by Emily Dickinson, Antonio Machado, W.H. Auden and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Wystan Hugh Auden (21/02/1907 – 29/09/1973), who signed his works W. H. Auden was an Anglo-American poet. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (10/12/1830 – 15/05/1886) was an American poet. Antonio Machado Ruiz (26/07/1875 - 22/02/1939) was a Spanish poet and writer. Rainer Maria Rilke (04/12/1875 - 29/12/1926) was a Czech-German writer and poet.
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R.M. Rilke
E. Dickinson
A. Machado
W.H. Auden