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date: 22 April 2021

Fox, Christopherlocked

  • Ian Pace
  • , revised by James Saunders

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(b York, March 10, 1955). English composer and writer on music. He attended Liverpool University (BA 1976) where he studied with Hugh Wood, following which he continued composition studies with Jonathan Harvey at Southampton University (BMus 1977), and won the Performing Right Society Prize at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festiaval in 1981. He was awarded the DPhil at York University in 1984. He has been guest composer for the Darmstadt Ferienkurse (1984–94) and the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm in Berlin (1987), and was chair of the British section of the ISCM (1988–2003). He taught composition at the University of Huddersfield (1994–2006) and has been Professor in Music at Brunel University since 2006. Fox’s music is particularly notable for its variety. Common factors underlying the diverse works are an emphasis upon musical processes rather than individuated gestures and a general distrust of grandiose rhetoric, striving instead for a Stravinskian dryness and clarity of line. It is typified by the paradoxical relationship between clarity and complexity, and the co-existence of consonant and dissonant harmony. Microtonality has also been an intermittent feature of his work, whether inflective (...

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