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James Butt
1929 - 2003
Great Britain, England
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J.H.B. Butt
James Henry Baseden [James] Butt (1929 - 2003), an English composer, combining careers as composer, pianist, publisher. He was born in Middlesex in 1929 and educated at Kidstones School in Yorkshire before studying composition from 1944 onwards with Dr.Erwin Stein, Benjamin Britten and Matyas Seiber, as well as studying pianoforte with Franz Osborne. Between 1947-1948 he served with the R.A.F. before attending the Dartington School of Music (which has since been incorporated into the University of Exeter)where he completed his studies under the direction of Imogen Holst. On leaving Dartington Hall in 1952 James Butt's first published work was the part-song Orpheus, distributed by Novello and company. From 1952 James Butt toured England with the Continental Ballet Company playing as first pianist before leaving to take up the post of deputy headmaster of Cary Park School in 1954 James Butt began publishing his own music under the "Sphemusations" imprint in 1963 when he became increasingly frustrated by the difficulty of promoting new works to existing publishing companies. A dedicated Christian Scientist, his sacred solos for high voice and organ are now performed in many churches. During his career James Butt also performed as pianist with the English Pianoforte Trio and accompanist to the violoncellist Gillian Benjamin, and conductor of the Woodbridge orchestra, increasing the scope of the orchestra's repertoire and number of concerts.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Composed in:1974
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Song "When I am dead", published 1974, for soprano and piano, from Women Speaking
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
Chr. Rossetti