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Early Chamber Works by Peter Dickinson

Translations CD

[1-3] SONATINA FOR RECORDER AND PIANO (1956)
[4] LULLABYFOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1967/82)
[5] TRANSLATIONS FOR RECORDER, GAMBA AND HARPSICHORD (1971)
[6] THRENODY FOR CELLO AND PIANO (1956)
[7-10] FOUR DUOS FOR FLUTE AND CELLO (1962)
[11] FANTASY FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1956)
[12-14] SONATINA FOR SOLO BASSOON (1966)
[15] WALTZ FOR ELLIOTT SCHWARTZ FOR PIANO (2016)
[16] FREDA’S BLUES FOR PIANO (2016)
[17] LULLABY FROM ‘THE UNICORNS’ FOR PIANO (1967/2016)

"A welcome addition to several important recordings devoted to Dickinson’s music." Music Web International

The music on the CD represents works which range from my first pieces for wind orchestra to the most recent. In that sense they sum up over twenty-five years work in the medium. I have revisited them on a number of occasion – sometimes as they were being prepared for publication or when I was adapting them – and used the benefit of later experience to refine and rennovate, dust and polish them. Still, I hope it shows some sort of development in the medium over a period of time – a form which was entirely new to me when I started, but which I have now grown familiar with.

For this knowledge and their encouragement in writing for winds I have certain key people to be grateful to. First is the legendary Tim Reynish without whose willingness to support composers coming into the medium Ghosts (for one) would never have existed. I think it is a testament to Tim’s good judgment that this is now the third commercial recording of the work! Both Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music have conducted premiers and tirelessly programmed and recorded these works, while John Holland, the music director of Lambeth Wind Orchestra, showed such dogged determination to commission the Flute Concerto (and in doing so very sensibly provide new solo repertoire for his own players), that such commissions are now a regular part of this exemplary community orchestra’s programming. To these and the many people who have supported, played, paid for and published I am deeply grateful.

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment
Conducted by Chris I'Anson and Mark Heron
O Duo percussion
Rachel Carpenter flute

Peter Dickinson

Petr Dickinson
Dickinson is a British composer of the senior generation. There is nothing quite like his idiosyncratic music. ‘Conflicts, juxtapositions, attempted syntheses – Peter Dickinson’s work is full of them, all shook- up, all mixed-up, all jazzed up...yet always keenly imagined and meticulously reasoned and realised.' BBC Proms prospectus. 'This concertos CD displays Dickinson’s ability to write music that is at the same time approachable and challenging. His ability to fuse diverse musical styles is masterly.’ Music Web International. Dickinson had a twenty-five-year recital partnership with his sister, the mezzo-soprano Meriel Dickinson. They gave recitals and broadcasts throughout Europe and they made first recordings of works by American and British composers, including Dickinson’s own song cycles. Dickinson is an Emeritus Professor of two universities - Keele and London. He has always written widely; has given many BBC broadcasts; reviewed extensively for Gramophone; and has published several books – on Lennox Berkeley (two); Billy Mayerl; Aaron Copland; John Cage; Lord Berners; and Samuel Barber. A collection of Dickinson’s writings over a fifty-year period was published as Words and Music in 2016. He is chair of the Bernarr Rainbow Trust. The most important part of Dickinson’s output is his own music which includes everything except opera. There are many recordings by leading performers: this is the first of two CDs of his chamber music released in 2018. Dickinson’s music is published by Novello/Music Sales and Good Music: see www.foxborough.co.uk