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 CBE (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.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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Jonathan Dove
A Brief History of Creation (9th mvt, Birds)
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A Brief History of Creation (9th mvt, Birds)

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Our Revels Now are Ended
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Our Revels Now are Ended
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Airport Scenes (Departures)
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Airport Scenes (Departures)
Jonathan Dove
The Star-Song
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The Star-Song
Jonathan Dove
Figures in the garden: Susanna in the rain; Countess interrupts a quarrel
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Figures in the garden: Susanna in the rain; Countess interrupts a quarrel
Jonathan Dove
An Airmail Letter From Mozart
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An Airmail Letter From Mozart
Jonathan Dove
We Are One Fire
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We Are One Fire
Jonathan Dove
The Magic Flute Dances (conclusion)
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The Magic Flute Dances (conclusion)
Jonathan Dove
A Brief History of Creation (9th mvt, Birds)
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A Brief History of Creation (9th mvt, Birds)
Jonathan Dove
Gaia Theory (1st mvt)
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Gaia Theory (1st mvt)
Jonathan Dove
The Magic Flute Dances: I. Light - Tentative, Getting Faster And Bolder
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The Magic Flute Dances: I. Light - Tentative, Getting Faster And Bolder
Jonathan Dove
Missa Brevis (Gloria)
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Missa Brevis (Gloria)
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Vadam et circuibo civitatem
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Vadam et circuibo civitatem
Jonathan Dove
In Beauty May I Walk
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In Beauty May I Walk
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The Passing of the Year: No. 2. The narrow bud opens her beauties to the sun
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The Passing of the Year: No. 2. The narrow bud opens her beauties to the sun
Jonathan Dove
Piano Quintet - 3rd movement, Lively
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Piano Quintet - 3rd movement, Lively
Jonathan Dove
Ring Out, Wild Bells (The Passing of the Years)
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Ring Out, Wild Bells (The Passing of the Years)
Jonathan Dove
Airport Scenes : Orchestral suite from the opera "Flight"
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Airport Scenes : Orchestral suite from the opera "Flight"
Jonathan Dove
Sunshine
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Sunshine
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Run to the Edge
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Run to the Edge
Jonathan Dove
From all the jails (There was a Child)
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From all the jails (There was a Child)
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The Ringing Isle
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The Ringing Isle
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Song of the dry orange tree (Cut my shadow)
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Song of the dry orange tree (Cut my shadow)
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Hojoki: An account of my hut
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Hojoki: An account of my hut
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Gaia Theory - iii. Dancing
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Gaia Theory - iii. Dancing
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Catching Fire (excerpt)
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Catching Fire (excerpt)
Jonathan Dove
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars
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Seek Him that maketh the seven stars
Jonathan Dove
Airport scenes - suite from the opera 'Flight' for orchestra: no.4 Departure
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Airport scenes - suite from the opera 'Flight' for orchestra: no.4 Departure
Jonathan Dove
An Airmail Letter from Mozart, Variation 4
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An Airmail Letter from Mozart, Variation 4
Jonathan Dove
Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
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Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
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Into thy hands
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Into thy hands
Jonathan Dove
Airport scenes
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Airport scenes
Jonathan Dove
A Brief History of Creation: II. Earth
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A Brief History of Creation: II. Earth
Jonathan Dove
I am the Day
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I am the Day
Jonathan Dove
In beauty may I walk
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In beauty may I walk
Jonathan Dove
Into thy hands
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Into thy hands
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Sweet are the uses of adversity
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Sweet are the uses of adversity
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Vadam et circuibo civitatem
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Vadam et circuibo civitatem
Jonathan Dove
Wellcome, all wonders in one sight
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Wellcome, all wonders in one sight
Jonathan Dove
Who Killed Cock Robin?
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Who Killed Cock Robin?
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Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars
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Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars
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