Blake, David (Leonard)
- Stephen Pettitt
(b London, Sept 2, 1936). English composer. He read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where his teachers included Patrick Hadley. The award of the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1960 enabled him to study in East Berlin, at the Akademie der Künste, with Hanns Eisler. During this time he wrote his first acknowledged works, the Variations for Piano and the First String Quartet. Upon his return to the United Kingdom he began a career as a schoolteacher, and composed the children’s musical It’s a Small War. An appointment as the first Granada Arts Fellow at the then new University of York was followed in 1964 with his appointment as one of the founding teaching staff of the new Department of Music, along with Wilfred Mellers and Peter Aston. He became professor in 1976 and was head of department from 1980 to 1983. Among his most important commissions have been two from English National Opera, for ...