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A word first for John Reynolds who teaches at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and whose compositions include Airs and Dances for flute and piano.
Now for five so-called “library composers” who were active generally speaking, in the 1950s, whom I will mention with one example each of their work: David Hart (Sabre Jet, for Bosworth’s Recorded Music Library); Wayne Hill (Left Bank 2 for De Wolfe’s RML); Ken Mackintosh (Strings on Wings, he also published a saxophone tutor); David Watts (Metropolis); and Peter Crantock, whose one piece of note, Cockney Capers was arranged for orchestra by Clive Richardson, previously dealt with, of course.
Our film/TV/radio composer this time is Tim Dalling who has obliged most recently (June 2002) for the Radio 3 drama The Black Path.
Finally, Gordon Dale is a composer of a considerable amount of very accessible music often suitable for students, such as the piano solos Fugue For Philip and My First Sonata, arrangements of Songs of Ireland and Songs of Scotland for flutes, A Tewkesbury Suite (of four canons for four violins), Simple Sonata for violin and piano and Latin Lilt for descant recorders. Other titles include a Recital Hors d’Oeuvre (another name for overture!), for two trumpets, horn and trombone, Hymn Symphony, subtitled Serenade for strings and, for small orchestra, The Sun Will Shine.


Philip L Scowcroft

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