John CASKEN

Biography

Gender Male
Titles N/A
Birthdate 1949-07-15
Education Barnsley and Dist Holgate GS, Univ of Birmingham (BMus, MA), Univ of Durham (DMus), Acad of Music Warsaw
Books & Publications Publications Transition and Transformation in the Music of Witold Lutoslawski (1975), The Visionary and the Dramatic in the Music of Witold Lutoslawski (2000), review article Polish Music Since Szymanowksi (by Adrian Thomas, 2005), Contemporary Classical Music: The Grit in the Oyster (in Manchester Memoirs 2014)
Recreations visual arts, church architecture, gardening, rural landscapes, painting
Clubs N/A
Style John Casken
Career lectr in music Univ of Birmingham 1973-79, fell in composition Huddersfield Poly 1980-81, lectr in music Univ of Durham 1981-92, prof of music Univ of Manchester 1992-2008 (emeritus prof 2008-); compositions incl: Tableaux des Trois Ages 1976, Orion Over Farne 1984, Maharal Dreaming 1989, Darting the Skiff 1992, Sortilège 1996, Symphony (Broken Consort) 2004, Rest-ringing for string quartet and orchestra 2005, Concerto for orchestra 2007; concertos: Masque 1982, Erin 1982, Cello Concerto 1990, Violin Concerto 1994, Distant Variations 1997, That Subtle Knot for violin, viola and orchestra 2012, Apollinaire's Bird for oboe and orchestra 2013; opera: Golem (chamber opera) 1986, God's Liar 1996; vocal: Ia Orana, Gauguin 1978, Firewhirl 1979, Still Mine 1991, Sharp Thorne 1992, To the Lovers' Well 2001, Farness (three poems of Carol Ann Duffy) 2006, Chansons de Verlaine 2006, The Dream of the Rood 2008, Deadly Pleasures 2009; choral: To Fields We Do Not Know 1984, Three Choral Pieces 1990, 1991 and 1993, In the Bleak Mid-winter 2008, The Knight's Stone 2011, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis 2012, Returning from the Tomb 2013, Memorial 2014; instrumental and ensemble: Kagura 1972, Music for the Crabbing Sun 1974, Thymehaze 1976, Amarantos 1977, String Quartet No 1 1981, Vaganza 1985, Salamandra 1986, Piano Quartet 1989, String Quartet No 2 1993, Infanta Marina 1993, Après un silence 1997, Piano Trio 2000, Blue Medusa 2002, Choses en Moi for string quartet 2003, Shadowed Pieces for violin and piano 2006, Amethyst Deceiver for solo oboe 2009, Inevitable Rifts for string quintet 2009, Sacrificium for organ 2009, Winter Reels 2010; recordings on: NMC Ancora, Metier Sound and Vision, Champs Hill Records, Resonus, Nimbus, Deux-Elles, Wergo, EMI Classics, Toccata Classics, Herald, ECM, Priory Records, USK, Meridian; first Britten Award for Golem 1990, Northern Electric Performing Arts Award 1990, Gramophone Award for Golem (recording) 1991, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Still Mine 1993, Br Composer Award for Vocal Music (for The Dream of the Rood) 2009; Hon DMus Univ of Birmingham 2011, Hon DCL Univ of King's Coll Halifax Nova Scotia; FRNCM
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