Milford, Robin (Humphrey)

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Milford, Robin (Humphrey)

Milford, Robin (Humphrey), English composer and teacher; b. Oxford, Jan. 22, 1903; d. Lyme Regis, Dec. 29, 1959. He was a student of Hoist, Vaughan Williams, and R.O. Morris at the Royal Coll. of Music in London. Thereafter he was active as a composer and teacher. He was best known for his chamber music, choral pieces, and songs.


dramatic : opera:The Scarlet Letter (1959). ba11et :The Snow Queen (1946). orch.: Suite for Chamber Orch. (1924); Miniature Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orch. (1927); Miniature Concerto for Strings (1933); Violin Concerto (1937); Ariel for Small Orch. (1940); Elegiac Meditation for Viola and Strings (1947); A Festival for Strings (1951); Fishing by Moonlight for Piano and Strings (1952). chamber: Flute Sonata (1944); Fantasia for String Quartet (1945); Violin Sonata (1945); Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1948); Trio for 2 Violins and Piano (1949); piano pieces. VOCAL: The Pilgrim’s Progress, oratorio (1932); The Forsaken Merman for Tenor, Women’s Chorus, Strings, and Piano (1938–50); A Liturgy to the Holy Spirit (1947); songs.


I. Copley, R. M. (London, 1985).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire