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date: 20 August 2019

Burrell, Diana locked

  • Sophie Fuller


(b Norwich, Oct 25, 1948). English composer. After studying music at Cambridge University (BA 1971) she worked as a teacher and freelance violist before concentrating on composition, in which she has largely been self-taught. Her first work to attract critical attention was Missa Sancte Endeliente (1980) for five soloists, chorus and orchestra, in which she set the liturgy in both Latin and Cornish and used a characteristically wide range of sonorities and harmonies within a clearly defined structure. She has fulfilled a steady stream of commissions in a variety of genres for many different performers, festivals, ensembles and orchestras, including the City of London Sinfonia, with which she was composer-in-association (1994–6).

Burrell has said that her works begin with the idea of a visual form and that she composes her music as ‘architectural shapes on paper’. She has developed a bold, distinctive and deeply spiritual musical language that is always concerned to communicate directly with the audience, while refusing to compromise its rhythmic and harmonic complexity. Central to much of her work is a vivid depiction of place. ...

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