Tranchell, Peter (Andrew)

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Tranchell, Peter (Andrew)

Tranchell, Peter (Andrew), English composer and teacher; b. Cuddalore, India, July 14, 1922. He studied at King’s Coll., Univ. of Cambridge (B.A., 1946; Mus.B., 1949; M.A., 1950). He taught at the Univ. from 1950 to 1989; was made a Fellow and director of music at Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge, in 1960.

Works

dramatic: Opera: The Mayor of Casterbridge (Cambridge, July 30, 1951); Zuleika (1954); Bacchae (1956); Troades (1957); Antigone (1959). Ballet: Falstaff (1950); Fate’s Revenge (1951); Euridice (1952); Spring Legend (1957); Images of Love (1964). Concert Entertainments: Daisy Simpkins for Solo Voices, Chorus, and 2 Pianos (1954); Murder at the Towers for Solo Voices, Chorus, and 2 Pianos (1955; rev. 1986); Aye, aye, Luciani for Men’s Voices, Men’s Chorus, and Piano (1960); The Mating Season for Solo Voices, Men’s Chorus, and Piano (1962; rev. 1969); His 1st Mayweek for Solo Voices, Men’s Chorus, and 2 Pianos (1963); The Robot Emperor for Men’s Voices, Men’s Chorus, and Orch. (1965). ORCH.: Decalogue for Brass, Percussion, and Organ (1956); Scherzetto (1960); Eclogue (1962); Festive Overture (1966); Concerto Grosso (1972). CHAMBER: Organ Sonata (1958); Organ Sonatina (1968); Movements for Flute, Viola, Bassoon, Harpsichord, and Piano (1987); piano pieces. VOCAL: The Joyous Year for Chorus and Orch. (1961); 3 Poems of Po Chü-i for Baritone, Men’s Chorus, and Orch. (1964); Saul’s Successor, cantata for Soloists, Men’s Voices, Organ, Percussion, and Timpani (1969); Te Deum for Chorus, 2 Violins, Piano, and Organ (1975); choral songs; anthems and carols; Psalms.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Tranchell, Peter (Andrew)

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Tranchell, Peter (Andrew) (b Cuddalore, India, 1922; d Southampton, 1993). Eng. composer. Music lect. Cambridge Univ. from 1950; dir. of mus. Gonville and Caius Coll. from 1960. Comp. opera The Mayor of Casterbridge (1951); mus. comedy Zuleika (1954); ballets Fate's Revenge (Ballet Rambert 1951) and Images of Love (CG 1964); several ‘concert entertainments’, incl. The Mating Season (based on P. G. Wodehouse, 1962, rev. 1969); anthems, etc.