Harper, Edward (James)

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Harper, Edward (James) (b Taunton, 1941). Eng. composer, pianist, and conductor. Lect., Faculty of Mus., Edinburgh Univ. from 1964 (Reader from 1989), dir., New Music Group of Scotland 1975. Comps. incl.:OPERAS: Fanny Robin (1974); Hedda Gabler (1984–5); The Mellstock Quire (1986–7).ORCH.: pf. conc. (1969); Bartók Games (1972); sonata for chamber orch. (1972); Fantasias I (1975) and V (1985), chamber orch.; Fern Hill, chamber orch. (1976); sym. (1978–9); Fantasia IV, vn., pf., small orch. (1980); cl. conc. (1981–2); Intrada after Monteverdi (1983, orch. of 1982 chamber ens.); Double Variations, ob., bn., wind ens. (1989).CHAMBER ENS.: quintet for fl., cl., vn., vc., pf. (1973–4); Ricercari in memoriam Luigi Dallapiccola (1975); Fantasia II, 11 solo str. (1976); Fantasia III, brass quintet (1977); Intrada after Monteverdi (1982); str. qt. (1986); In Memoriam, vc., pf. (1989–90).CHORAL: Chester Mass, ch., orch. (1979); Mass: Qui creavit coelum, unacc. ch. (1986–7); The Lamb, sop., ch., orch. (1990).VOCAL: 7 poems by e. e. cummings, sop., orch. (1977); Caterwaul, sop., db. (1986); Homage to Thomas Hardy, bar., chamber orch. (1990).