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date: 23 August 2019

Senator, Ronaldlocked

  • Malcolm Miller

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(b London, April 17, 1926). English composer. He studied at Oxford University with Wellesz (1944–7) and with Arnold Cooke (1957–60) at London University, where he became a senior lecturer (1960–81). From 1981 to 1984, Senator was Professor of Composition at the GSM, with several visiting professorships at universities in Australia, North America and Canada. Senator’s style shows the influence of both his teachers, the twin strands of Schoenberg and Hindemith, in its atonal harmony, angular lyricism, and often astringent, stark sonorities, with an eloquent simplicity to underpin the Impressionistic textures and formal designs. His outstanding achievement is the Holocaust Requiem, a powerful oratorio based on children’s poems from Terezín (Theriesenstadt) for cantor, children’s choir, choir and orchestra, first performed at Canterbury Cathedral in 1986 under the joint auspices of the Bnai Brith Charity, the United Nations and the West German Government. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize following its New York première in ...

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