Lennox Berkeley

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Born: 12 May 1903

Died: 26 December 1989


Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley was an English composer. He was born in Oxford, England, and educated at the Dragon School, Gresham's School and Merton College, Oxford. In 1927, he went to Paris to study music with Nadia Boulanger, and there he became acquainted with Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger and Albert Roussel. The French influence would continue to be felt in his music. He worked for the BBC during the Second World War, and later became president of the Performing Rights Society. He was knighted in 1974. He held the chair of Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music from 1946 to 1968, and his pupils there included Richard Rodney Bennett, David Bedford and John Tavener. He enjoyed a long association with Benjamin Britten, another old boy of Gresham's School, with whom he collaborated on a number of works. In later years, his adoption of serialism marked a darker and more brooding style.

His son, Michael Berkeley, is also a composer.

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List of choral works

  • Thou hast made me
  • Missa Brevis Op. 57
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd Op. 91 No. 1
  • Three Latin Motets Op. 83 No. 1
  • Look Up Sweet Babe Op. 43 No. 2
  • Mass For Five Voices Op. 64
  • Salve Regina Op. 48 No. 1

List of solo vocal works

  • Five Poems Op. 53

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