William Wordsworth (composer)

William Wordsworth (composer)

William Brocklesby Wordsworth (b. London, December 17 1908 – d. Kingussie, Scotland, March 10 1988) was a Scottish composer.

Wordsworth studied harmony and counterpoint under George Oldroyd from 1921-1931, continuing his study with Donald Francis Tovey at Edinburgh University from 1934 to 1936. He lived in England until 1961 when he moved to Inverness-shire; in 1966, he helped found the Scottish Composer's Guild. His works, which number over 100, are largely tonal and Romantic in style.

He helped form the Society of Scottish Composers. [cite web|last=Clarke|first=Colin|title=Review of Lyrita Recording of Second and Third Symphonies|url=http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2004/Mar04/wordsworth.htm|date=March 2004|publisher=MusicWeb International|accessdate=2008-01-12]


*8 Symphonies
*Piano Concerto, 1946
*Violin Concerto, 1955
*Cello Concerto, 1962

*String Quartet No. 1, 1941
*String Quartet No. 2, 1944
*String Quartet No. 3, 1947
*String Quartet No. 4, 1950
*String Quartet No. 5, 1957
*String Quartet No. 6, 1964


*cite book|last=Randel|first=Don Michael|authorlink=Don Michael Randel
date=1996|publisher=Belknap Press of Harvard University Press|location=Cambridge, Mass.|title=The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music|isbn=0-674-37299-9|oclc=34553491|pages=995|accessdate=2008-01-12

External links

* [http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com/william_wordsworth/ Biography]

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