Cannon, (Jack) Philip

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Cannon, (Jack) Philip

Cannon, (Jack) Philip, English composer and teacher; b. Paris (of English-French parents), Dec. 21, 1929. He was educated in England; studied composition with Imogen Hoist; then at the Royal Coll. of Music in London with Gordon Jacob and Vaughan Williams. He subsequently took lessons with Hindemith. From 1957 to 1959 he lectured at the Univ. of Sydney; in 1960 he joined the staff of the Royal Coll. of Music in London.


2 Rhapsodies for Piano (1943); 2 string quartets (1944, 1964); String Trio (1945); In the Time of the Breaking of Nations for Voice and Piano Quintet (1945); Fantasia for String Quartet (1946); Sextet for Flute, Oboe, and String Quartet (1946); Sinfonietta for Chamber Orch. (1947); Symphonic Study: Spring for Orch. (1949); Songs to Delight for Women’s Chorus and Strings (1950); Sinfonietta for Strings (1952); 5 Chansons de Femme for Soprano and Harp (1952); L’Enfant s’amuse, suite for Piano (1954); Sonatine champêtre for Piano (1959); Sonata for 2 Pianos (1960); Son of Science, cantata for Boy’s Voices, Chorus, Tenor, Piano, Percussion, and Strings (Aylesbury, Dec. 2, 1961); Fanfare to Youth for 8 Trumpets (1963); Morvoren, opera (London, July 15, 1964); Kai-kaus (A Persian Suite) for Chamber Group (1965); Lacrimae mundi for Piano Trio (1974); Son of Man for Chorus and Orch. (Liverpool, June 26, 1975); Lord of Light, oratorio (1980).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire