Roger Smalley

(1943 - 2015)


As a composer, Roger Smalley was undoubtedly one of the most significant personalities his generation.  His works, which have been extensively performed and broadcast, fall into that ever-narrowing category of modern works which are both stylistically up-to-date and readily assimilable by the non-specialist listener.  He was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Prize in 1966 for his orchestral work, Gloria Tibi Trinitas.  Commissions include The Song of the Highest Tower, for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus and orchestra (City of London Festival, 1968); Pulses for 5x4 players (brass and percussion ) written for the London Sinfonietta and awarded prizes at the International Composers Rostrum and the Paris Biennale, 1969, Beat Music for the 1971 London Proms and Accord for two pianists (Park Lane Group, 1975).

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