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Maconchy, Dame Elizabeth (Dame Elizabeth LeFanu)locked

DBE 1987 (CBE 1977); FRCM; Hon. RAM

Born 19 March 1907; of Irish parentage; d of Gerald E. C. Maconchy, lawyer, and Violet M. Poë; m 1930, William Richard LeFanu (author of Betsy Sheridan’s Journal, 1960, repr. 1986, Bibliography of Nehemiah Grew, 1990, etc); two d; died 11 Nov. 1994

composer of serious music


privately; Royal College of Music, London


Held Blumenthal Scholarship and won Sullivan Prize, Foli and other exhibitions, at RCM; pupil of Vaughan-Williams; travelled with Octavia Scholarship, 1929–30. First public performance: Piano Concerto with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, 1930; Sir Henry Wood introduced The Land (suite for orchestra), Promenade Concerts, 1930; works performed at 3 Festivals of International Society for Contemporary Music (Prague, 1935; Paris, 1937; Copenhagen, 1947); largest output in Chamber Music; String Quartets played as a series in BBC Third Programme, 1955, 1975. Chairman: Composers Guild of Great Britain, 1960; Soc. for Promotion of New Music, 1972–75 (Pres., 1977–). Hon. Fellow, St Hilda’s Coll., Oxford, 1978. Compositions: The Land; Nocturne; Overture, Proud Thames (LCC Coronation Prize, 1953); Dialogue for piano and orchestra; Serenata Concertante for violin and orchestra, 1963; Symphony for double string orchestra; Concertino for: bassoon and string orchestra; Piano and chamber orchestra; Concerto for oboe, bassoon and string orchestra; Variazioni Concertanti for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and strings, 1965; Variations for String Orchestra; twelve String Quartets (No 5, Edwin Evans Prize; No 9, Radcliffe Award, 1969); Oboe Quintet (Daily Telegraph Prize); Violin Sonata; Cello Divertimento; Duo for 2 Violins; Duo for Violin and Cello; Variations for solo cello; Reflections, for oboe, clarinet, viola and harp (Gedok International Prize, 1961); Clarinet Quintet; Carol Cantata, A Christmas Morning; Samson and the Gates of Gaza for chorus and orchestra, 1964; 3 settings of Gerard Manley Hopkins for soprano and chamber orchestra; Sonatina for harpsichord and Notebook for harpsichord, 1965; Three Donne settings, 1965; Nocturnal for unaccompanied chorus, 1965; Music for brass and woodwind, 1966; An Essex Overture, 1966; 6 Miniatures for solo violin, 1966; Duo for piano duet, 1967; Extravaganza, The Birds, after Aristophanes, 1968; And Death shall have no Dominion for chorus and brass, 3 Choirs Festival, 1969; The Jesse Tree, masque for Dorchester Abbey, 1970; Music for double-bass and piano, 1971; Ariadne (C. Day Lewis), for soprano and orch., King’s Lynn Festival, 1971; Faustus, scena for tenor and piano, 1971; Prayer Before Birth, for women’s voices, 1971; 3 Bagatelles for oboe and harpsichord, 1972; oboe quartet, 1972; songs for voice and harp, 1974; The King of the Golden River, opera for children, 1975; Epyllion, for solo cello and strings, Cheltenham Festival, 1975; Sinfonietta, for Essex Youth Orch., 1976; Pied Beauty, and Heaven Haven (G. M. Hopkins), for choir and brass, Southern Cathedrals Fest., 1976; Morning, Noon and Night, for harp, Aldeburgh Fest., 1977; Sun, Moon and Stars (Traherne), song cycle for soprano and piano, 1977; Heloise and Abelard, for 3 soloists, chorus and orch., 1977–78; The Leaden Echo &the Golden Echo (Hopkins), for choir and 3 instruments, 1978; Contemplation, for cello and piano, 1978; Colloquy, for flute and piano, 1979; Romanza, for solo viola and 11 instruments, 1979; Creatures, for mixed voices, 1979; Fantasia, for clarinet and piano, 1980; Little Symphony, for Norfolk Youth Orch., 1980; 4 Miniatures for chorus, 1981; Trittico for 2 oboes, bassoon and harpsichord, 1981; Piccola Musica for string trio, 1981; My Dark Heart, for soprano and 6 instruments, for RCM cent., 1982; Wind Quintet, 1982; L’Horloge (Baudelaire), for soprano, clarinet and piano, 1982; Music for Strings, Proms, 1983; 5 Sketches for Solo Viola, 1983; O Time Turn Back, chorus with cello, 1983; Narration for solo cello, 1984; Still Falls the Rain for double choir, 1984; Excursion for solo bassoon, 1985; Life Story for string orchestra, 1985; Two songs by Auden in memory of W. B. Yeats, and It’s No Go (MacNeice), 1985; Three One-Act Operas (The Sofa, The Three Strangers, The Departure); songs, piano pieces, etc


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