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date: 20 August 2019

Anderson, Avrillocked

  • Marie Fitzpatrick

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(b Southsea, June 10, 1953). English composer. She studied at Winchester Art College (1970–72) and at the RCM (1972–6), where her composition teachers included Humphrey Searle and John Lambert. In 1977 scholarships enabled her to study in the USA at the New England Conservatory; she also took lessons from David Del Tredici in New York. She returned to England and spent the next year at Sussex University, where her composition teacher was Jonathan Harvey. In 1987, with her husband, the director and composer David Sutton-Anderson, she founded the contemporary music group Sounds Positive. Her music, mostly for small forces, is strongly rhythmic; it features the repetition of short melodic cells and superimposed ostinatos and a bold, clean, innovative manipulation of texture. Solo vocal works include Black Eyes in an Orange Sky, for soprano and piano (1979), Private Energy, for soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet and piano (...

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