Jonathan Dove
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1959-07-18
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Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove Biography (BBC)

Jonathan Dove was born in London, the son of architects, and was playing the organ in his local parish church by the age of 12. After reading music at Cambridge, where he studied composition with Robin Holloway, he worked on the music staff at Glyndebourne and as a freelance keyboard player, animateur, composer and orchestrator.

In 1990 he became Music Advisor to the Almeida Theatre in north London and he has written music for many plays there, as well as for productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival and the National Theatre – where his credits include Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (2003).

Dove is a prolific composer of operas, including three for the Musica nel Chiostro festival in Italy, the television operas When She Died … (2002) and Man on the Moon (2006), and a chamber opera, Kwasi & Kwame (2007), for Opera OT in the Netherlands.

His highly successful comic opera Flight was premiered by Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1998 and taken into the summer festival the following year; it has since been issued on CD and revived not only in this country but also in the USA, Germany and Australia. For young audiences he has written The Enchanted Pig for The Young Vic in 2006 and The Adventures of Pinocchio for Opera North in 2007.

Throughout his career Dove has been closely involved in community-based projects and he has a special gift for inspiring and responding to the creativity of the participants, so giving them a sense of ownership in the finished work. He has written three community operas for Glyndebourne, three works for the London Borough of Hackney and the award-winning cantata On Spital Fields (2005) for the Spitalfields Festival, of which he was Artistic Director from 2001 to 2006. His Work in Progress, written for the opening season of The Sage Gateshead in 2005, consists of ‘14 site visits for piano and orchestra’, with film footage of the construction of the building and optional contributions by children’s choir, folk orchestra, jazz orchestra and steel pans.

Dove’s straightforward, essentially diatonic, musical language is especially well suited to choral music and he has composed several popular anthems as well as the large-scale cantata The Passing of the Year (2000). Another strand of his output, inaugurated by his delightful wind serenade Figures in the Garden for the Mozart anniversary year of 1991, consists of music devised to be played by period instruments. For modern symphony orchestra he has written a trombone concerto, Stargazer (2001), a cantata with solo counter-tenor – Hojoki (An Account of My Hut) – for the opening concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2006/7 season and several shorter pieces showing his habitual flair for communication and for matching his music to the occasion.

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Jonathan Dove Biography (Wikipedia)

Jonathan Dove (born 18 July 1959) is an English composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music. He has arranged a number of operas for English Touring Opera and the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now Birmingham Opera Company), including in 1990 an 18-player two-evening adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for CBTO. He was Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival from 2001 to 2006.

Dove was born in London; both his parents were architects. He studied music at the University of Cambridge, under Robin Holloway, and afterwards worked as a freelance arranger and accompanist until 1987, when he was employed by Glyndebourne Opera.

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An Airmail letter from Mozart – Variation 4
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An Airmail letter from Mozart – Variation 4
Jonathan Dove
To His Love
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To His Love

To His Love

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Nicky Spence, London Mozart Players, Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Oxford Bach Choir
Jonathan Dove
Seek Him That Make the Seven Stars (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
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Seek Him That Make the Seven Stars (BBC Symphony Chorus at Spitalfields Summer Festival)
Jonathan Dove
Tobias And The Angel ('Descending a mountain...')
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Tobias And The Angel ('Descending a mountain...')
Jonathan Dove
Sirensong
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Sirensong
Jonathan Dove
All Hail Great Master (from Ariel)
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All Hail Great Master (from Ariel)
Jonathan Dove
Missa Brevis (Gloria)
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Missa Brevis (Gloria)
Jonathan Dove
The Magic Flute Dances
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The Magic Flute Dances
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Out of Time: 1st movement
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Out of Time: 1st movement
Jonathan Dove
'You're welcome. Here's cheese!' (Tobias and the Angel)
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'You're welcome. Here's cheese!' (Tobias and the Angel)
Jonathan Dove
Antiphon
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Antiphon
Jonathan Dove
Prandial Plaint, Dark Road, Voices & All You Who Sleep Tonight
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Prandial Plaint, Dark Road, Voices & All You Who Sleep Tonight
Jonathan Dove
In beauty may I walk
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In beauty may I walk
Jonathan Dove
It sounded as if the Streets were running
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It sounded as if the Streets were running
Jonathan Dove
The Dancing Pipes
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The Dancing Pipes
Jonathan Dove
Bless the Lord, O my soul
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Bless the Lord, O my soul
Joshua Bloom
Extract from The Monster in the Maze
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Extract from The Monster in the Maze
Jonathan Dove
Flight - Act 1 (ending)
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Flight - Act 1 (ending)
Ulster Orchestra
Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
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Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Jonathan Dove
Five Am'rous Sighs: Between Your Sheets
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Five Am'rous Sighs: Between Your Sheets
Jonathan Dove
Out of time - quartet for strings
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Out of time - quartet for strings
Jonathan Dove
Wellcome all wonders in one sight for a capella choir
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Wellcome all wonders in one sight for a capella choir
Jonathan Dove
'Fetch a Wife' - from Swanhunter
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'Fetch a Wife' - from Swanhunter
Jonathan Dove
Dogs of the North - from Swanhunter
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Dogs of the North - from Swanhunter
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