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date: 05 June 2020

Addison, John (Mervin)(ii)locked

  • Christopher Palmer

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(Mervin)

(b Chobham, March 16, 1920; d Bennington, VT, Dec 7, 1998). English composer. He studied at the RCM with Jacob (composition), Goossens (oboe) and Thurston (clarinet) and was Professor of Composition and Theory there from 1950 to 1956. His first major concert work, which shows a particular aptitude for wind writing, was the Woodwind Sextet (1949) performed at the 1951 ISCM Festival. Addison became well known for his theatre music, such as that for John Osborne’s The Entertainer (1957) and Luther (1961). As a prolific composer for films he favoured small ensembles, associating solo instruments with specific characters as demonstrated by his use of the oboe in The Girl with Green Eyes (1964) and of the harpsichord in Tom Jones (1963), for which he won an Academy Award, and Sleuth (1973). Other notable films are Pool of London...

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