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The English Composer James Stevens

The English Composer

James Stevens

 

JAMES STEVENS studied with the late great at the Guildhall School of Music in London, with at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris and privately at her own special behest, without fee and at her prime time, with , the teacher to whom composers from all over the world flocked.

At the Guildhall he won the Wainwright Prize as "composer of the year" and subsequently the Royal Philharmonic Prize for his first symphony.

Later he won the Boston-based Lili Boulanger Memorial Award "for composers of exceptional talent and integrity", the Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai International Award in Tokyo for his buddhist requiem , and was nominated for a BAFTA award with his music for a BBC TV series.

He was the only British composer to be selected by the international jury for the fiftieth anniversary of the Interntional Society for Contemporary Music, in the same year as he had a number one in the "pop" charts, Exploding Galaxy.

He has always worked "across the board" from out-and-out "pop" through jazz, film and TV scores, to serious concert music, and has written two musicals one of which, MAM'ZELLE NITOUCHE, has been staged several times, and an opera.

His latest work, so far unperformed, a piece of some duration, is a product of his acquaintance with the writings and personality of the controversial Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima, in which he explores in words (his own) and music, the nature of human personality, and the nature of time in this context. It is entitled THE RELUCTANT MASQUERADE.

Although he appreciates that music is probably the most emotive of all the art forms, his sole regret is that, being an esoteric, non-symbolic medium, is is impossible to express his concern with the humanties except by the addition of words, visuals or some other extra-musical element.

He was recently Head of the Churchill Society Music Department, and is also known for his writings and poetry.

Audio excerpts from his works are as follows:-

Waltz

Chelworth

Sands of Time.

Celebration for the Dead.

Exploding Galaxy.

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