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Davies, Hugh (Seymour)

Davies, Hugh (Seymour)

Davies, Hugh (Seymour) , English composer and instrument inventor; b. Exmouth, April 23, 1943. He was a pupil of Rubbra at the Univ. of Oxford (1961–64) and subsequently an assistant to Stockhausen as well as a member of his electronic music group (1964–66); then was director of the electronic music studio at Gold-smiths’ Coll., Univ. of London (1967–86), and subsequently was active as a consultant researcher. In addition to works for traditional instruments, he wrote music utilizing instruments of his own invention, tape, and electronics.


Contact for Piano (1963); Vom ertrunkenen Madchen for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano (1964); Quintet for Electronics (1967–68); Interfaces for Tape and Electronics (1967–68); Kangaroo for Organ (1968); Beautiful Seaweeds for Players, Dancers, and Slides (1972–73); Wind Trio (1973–75); The Musical Educator for Speaker, Players, Dancers, and Slides (1974); Natural Images for Tape (1976); Melodic Gestures for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1978); Ex una voce for Tenor and Synthesizer (1979).SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED INSTRUMENTS: Shozyg III, I + II (1968); Spring Song (1970); Gentle Springs (1973); Music for Bowed Diaphragms (1973); My Spring Collection (1975); Salad (1977); The Search for the Music of the Spheres (1978); At Home (1978).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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