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Lutyens, (Agnes) Elisabeth

Lutyens, (Agnes) Elisabeth (b London, 1906; d London, 1983). Eng. composer. One of first Eng. composers to use 12-note system. Comp. nearly 200 scores for films and radio, also incidental mus. for plays. Helped to found Macnaghten- Lemare concerts, London, 1931, and founded Composers' Concourse 1954. Author of books (autobiography A Goldfish Bowl, 1972), and articles. CBE 1969. Prin. works:OPERAS: Infidelio (1954); The Numbered (1965–7); Isis and Osiris (1969–70); Time off? Not a Ghost of a Chance! (charade in 4 scenes with 3 interruptions) (1967–8); The Goldfish Bowl (1975); Like a Window (1976).ORCH.: 3 Pieces (1939); 5 chamber concs. (1939–46); 3 Symphonic Preludes (1942); va. conc. (1947); Quincunx (with sop. and bar.) (1959–60); Music for Orchestra I (1955), II (1962), III (1963), IV (1981); Chorale (1956); Symphonies, pf., wind, hps., perc. (1961); Music for Piano and Orchestra (1964); Novenaria (1967); The Winter of the World (1974); Eos (1975); Rondel (1976); Concert Aria, female v., orch. (1976); 6 Bagatelles (1976); Nox, pf., 2 chamber orchs. (1977); Tides (1978); Echoi, with mez. (1979); Rapprochement (1980); Six (1980); Wild Decembers (1980).VOICE(S) & INSTRS.: O Saisons, O châteaux (Rimbaud), sop., str. (1946); Nativity, sop., str. (1951); De Amore (Chaucer), sop., ten., ch., orch. (1957); Catena, sop., ten., 21 instr. (1961); The Valley of Hatsu-se, sop., fl., cl., vc., pf. (1965); Akapotik Rose, sop., ens. (1966); And Suddenly It's Evening, ten., 11 instr. (1967); Essence of Our Happinesses, ten., ch., orch. (1968); A Phoenix, sop., vn., cl., pf. (1968); Anerca, speaker, 10 guitars, perc. (1970); Vision of Youth, sop., 3 cl., pf., perc. (1970); Islands, sop., ten., speaker, ens. (1971); Requiescat (in mem. Stravinsky), sop., str. trio or mez., 2 cl., bcl. (1971); Dirge for the Proud World, sop., counterten., hpd., vc. (1971); The Tears of Night, counterten., 6 sop., 3 instr. ens. (1971); Chimes and Cantos, bar., ens. (1972); Laudi, sop., 3 cl., pf., perc. (1973); Chorale Prelude and Paraphrase, ten., str. quintet, pf., perc. (1977); Elegy of the Flowers, ten., 3 instr. groups (1978); Cantata, sop., instr. ens. (1979); Cantata (Beaudelaire), sop., cont., bar., ens. (1979); Echoes, cont., fl., cor ang., str. qt. (1979); Concert Aria (‘Dialogo’), sop., ens. (1980); Fleur du Silence, ten., ens. (1980); Mine Eyes, My Bread, My Spade, ten., str. qt. (1980).CHORAL: Encomion, brass, perc. (1963); Voice of Quiet Waters, orch. (1972); Counting Your Steps, 4 fl., 4 perc. (1972); The Roots of the World, vc. obbl. (1979).UNACC. CHORAL: Excerpta Tractata—Logico Philosophici (Wittgenstein), motet (1952); The Country of the Stars (1963); The Hymn of Man, male vv. (1965), rev. for mixed vv. (1970); Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (1965); The Tyme doth Flete (1968); Verses of Love (1970); Roads, 2 sop., counterten., ten., bar., bass (1973); Sloth—One of the Seven Deadly Sins, 2 counterten., ten., 2 bar., bass (1974); It is the Hour (1976).STRING QUARTETS: No.2 (1938), No.3 (1949), No.6 (1952), No.12 (1981); Op.139 (1979); Op.158 (1982); Plenum III (1973); Mare et Minutiae (1976); Doubles (1978); ‘Diurnal’, Op.146 (1980).CHAMBER ENS.: str. trio (1939); Concertante, fl., cl., vn., vc., pf. (1950); Nocturnes, vn., vc., gui. (1955); Capricii, 2 hp., perc. (1955); 6 Tempi, 10 instr. (1957); wind quintet (1960); str. quintet (1963); wind trio (1963); Fantasie-Trio, fl., cl., pf. (1963); str. trio (1964); Scena, vn., vc., perc. (1964); Music for Wind (1964); The Fall of the Leafe, ob., str. qt. (1966); Music for Three, fl., ob., pf. (1966); Horai, vn., hn., pf. (1968); Driving Out the Death, ob., str. trio (1971); Rape of the Moone, wind octet (1973); Plenum II, ob., 13 instr. (1973); Kareniana, va., 10 instr. (1974); Go, Said the Bird, elec. gui., str. qt. (1975); Fantasia, alto sax., 3 instr. groups (1977); O Absalom …, vn., ob., va., vc. (1977); Trio, cl., vc., pf. (1979); Branches of the Night and of the Day, hn., str. qt. (1981).CHAMBER MUSIC (1 or 2 instr., classified instrumentally): Duo No.3, vn., pf. (1957); Scroll for Li-Ho, vn., pf. (1967); Prelude, solo vn. (1979); Madrigal, ob., vn. (1977); Morning Sea, ob., pf. (1979); Déroulement, ob., gui. (1980); Sonata, solo va. (1938); Aptote, solo va. (1948); Echo of the Wind, solo va. (1981); 9 Bagatelles, vc., pf. (1942); Duo No.2, vc., pf. (1956–7); Constants, vc., pf. (1976); The Tides of Time, db., pf. (1969); Variations, fl. (1957); Footfalls, fl., pf. (1978); Presages, ob. (1963); 5 Little Pieces, cl., pf. (1945); Valediction, cl., pf. (1954); Tre, cl. (1973); Soli, cl., db. (1980); This Green Tide, basset hn., pf. (1975); Duo No.1, hn., pf. (1956–7); The Dying of the Sun, gui. (1969); Romanza, gui. (1977); The Living Night, perc. solo (1981).SONGS (with pf. unless otherwise stated): 2 Songs by W. H. Auden (1942); 9 Songs (Stevie Smith) (1948); 3 Songs ( Dylan Thomas), sop., instr. (1953); In the Temple of a Bird's Wing, bar. (1956 and 1965); The Egocentric, ten. or bar. (1968); Lament of Isis on the Death of Osiris, solo sop. (1969); The Supplicant, bass (1970); In the Direction of the Beginning, bass (1970); Oda a la Tormenta, mez. (1970); Dialogo, ten., lute (1972); 2 Songs ( D. H. Lawrence), unacc. v. (1974); The Hidden Power, 2 unacc. vv. (1974); Of the Snow, 3 unacc. vv. (1974); Nocturnes and Interludes, sop. (1976); Variations: Winter Series—Spring Sowing, sop. (1977); By All These …, sop., gui. (1977); She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep ( R. Graves), solo sop. (1979); That Sun, cont. (1979); The Singing Birds, speaker, va. (1980).PIANO: 5 Intermezzi (1941); 3 Improvisations (1948); Piano e Forte (1958); 5 Bagatelles (1962); Helix (1967); Plenum I (1972); The Ring of Bone, with opt. speaking v. or vv. (1975); 5 Impromptus (1977); 7 Preludes (1978); The Great Seas (1979); 3 Books of Bagatelles (1979); La Natura dell'Acqua (1981).HPD.: Pietà (1975).ORGAN: Sinfonia (1955); Epithalamium, with opt. sop. (1968); 3 Short Pieces (1969); Plenum IV (1974).

Also many film, radio, and theatre scores.

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Lutyens, (Agnes) Elisabeth

Lutyens, (Agnes) Elisabeth (1906–83) English composer, daughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens. She worked mainly within the twelve-tone music system. Her works include various symphonies as well as Quincunx for Orchestra (1959–60) and the operas The Numbered and Isis and Osiris (both 1973).

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