Rainier, Priaulx

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Rainier, Priaulx (b Howick, Natal, 1903; d Besse-en-Chandesse, 1986). S. African composer and violinist. Entered S. African College of Mus. as vn. student 1913. She won vn. scholarship to RAM 1920 and settled in London. Worked as violinist and only concentrated on comp. after grant in 1935. Studied in Paris with Boulanger to 1939. Prof. of comp., RAM, 1943–61. Prin. works:ORCH.: Sinfonia da Camera, str. (1947); Ballet Suite (1950); Phala-Phala, dance conc. (1960–1); vc. conc. (1964); Aequora Lunae (1966–7); Trios and Triads, 10 trios, perc. (1969–73); Ploërmel, winds, perc. (1973); vn. conc. (Due canti e finale) (1977); Concertante, ob., cl., orch (1981).VOCAL: 3 Greek Epigrams, sop., pf. (1942); Cycle for Declamation (Donne), solo sop., ten., or bar. (1954); Requiem, ten., unacc. ch. (1955); Dance of the Rain, ten., gui. (1961); The Bee Oracles (E. Sitwell), ten. or bar., fl., ob., vn., vc., hpd. (1969); Ubunzima, ten. or sop., gui. (1973); Vision and Prayer, ten., pf. (1973); Prayers from the Ark, ten., hp. (1974–5).CHAMBER MUSIC: str. qt. (1939); Suite, cl., pf. (1943); va. sonata (1945); 6 Pieces, fl., ob., cl., hn., bn. (1954); Pastoral Triptych, ob. solo (1960); Quanta, ob., str. trio (1961–2); str. trio (1965–6); Grand Duo, vc., pf. (1980–2).KEYBOARD: Barbaric Dance Suite, pf. (1949); Quinque, hpd. (1971).ORGAN: Gloriana (1972); Primordial Canticles (1974).

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