Alun Hoddinott

Composer. Born 11 August 1929. Died 12 March 2008
Alun Hoddinott
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1929-08-11
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Alun Hoddinott

Alun Hoddinott Biography (BBC)

Born in Bargoed, Glamorgan on 11 August 1929, Alun Hoddinott began his musical career as a violinist and in 1946 became a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, in which he played the viola. He then won a composition scholarship from Gowerton Grammar School to Cardiff University and his first acknowledged compositions were performed and broadcast by the BBC when he was still an undergraduate.

After private lessons in London with Arthur Benjamin he came to international prominence in 1954 when his Clarinet Concerto of 1949 was given its public premiere at the Cheltenham Festival by Gervase de Peyer and the Halle under Barbirolli and repeated at the 1956 Proms with the BBC Symphony and Malcolm Sargent.

A regular flow of commissions followed from the major British festivals and orchestras in which Hoddinott went on to develop and refine an increasingly personal and vividly coloured musical language.

After teaching at the Welsh College of Music & Drama from 1951 he returned to Cardiff University in 1959 as a lecturer and in 1967 became Professor of Music there, a post held until 1987. In 1967 he also founded the Cardiff Festival of 20th Century Music with his friend, the pianist John Ogdon.

Hoddinott spearheaded the sense of creative renewal in postwar Welsh music and completely transformed its cultural climate. He was pivotal in supporting the growth of the BBC Welsh Orchestra to full symphonic status and wrote the first major full-length commission for Welsh National Opera in 1974. Five further operas included the popular Hans Christian Andersen children's tale What the Old Man Does is Always Right, the Hardy-based The Trumpet-Major and finally in 1999 Tower, a documentary-opera following the heroic battle to save the last working coal-mine in South Wales.

As prolific as he was professional, Hoddinott's vast catalogue includes some 300 individual compositions in every conceivable genre. Among the most significant are 10 symphonies -- the Ninth of which, A Vision of Eternity (1994), was written for the soprano Gwyneth Jones - 13 piano sonatas, five string quartets and six violin sonatas.

His 20 concertos for nearly every instrument imaginable (including organ, euphonium and timpani) feature three for piano, two for clarinet and a Triple Concerto for piano trio. The Heaventree of Stars and Mistral (both for violin) and Noctis Equi (composed for Mstislav Rostropovich in 1989) are typical in capturing Hoddinott's dark nocturnal introspection punctuated by dazzling shafts of percussive light. Before he died, following a short illness, on 11 March 2008, he was told that the new home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Wales Millennium Centre was to be named BBC Hoddinott Hall in recognition of his contribution to the musical life of Wales. His last work, Taliesin, was premiered by BBC NOW at the 2009 Swansea Festival.

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Alun Hoddinott Biography (Wikipedia)

Alun Hoddinott CBE (11 August 1929 – 11 March 2008) was a Welsh composer of classical music, one of the first to receive international recognition.

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Ox-Driving Song (Folk Suite Suite)
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Ox-Driving Song (Folk Suite Suite)
Alun Hoddinott
Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
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Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Alun Hoddinott
Variants Op.47
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Variants Op.47
Alun Hoddinott
Four Welsh Dances, Op 15 (No 2)
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Four Welsh Dances, Op 15 (No 2)
Alun Hoddinott
Four Welsh Dances
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Four Welsh Dances
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Fair Lisa (3 Welsh Folk Songs)
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Fair Lisa (3 Welsh Folk Songs)
Alun Hoddinott
Taliesin
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Taliesin
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Dances, set 2 Op 64 (1st mvt)
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Welsh Dances, set 2 Op 64 (1st mvt)
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15
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Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15
Alun Hoddinott
Variants for Orchestra
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Variants for Orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Dragon Fire
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Dragon Fire
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15
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Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15
Alun Hoddinott
Symphony No 6, Op 116
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Symphony No 6, Op 116
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Dances (2nd Suite)
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Welsh Dances (2nd Suite)

Welsh Dances (2nd Suite)

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Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Ieuenctid Cymru
Alun Hoddinott
Investiture Dances
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Investiture Dances
Alun Hoddinott
2 Songs from Glamorgan
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2 Songs from Glamorgan
Alun Hoddinott
Folk-song suite for small orchestra
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Folk-song suite for small orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Scena for string orchestra, Op.119
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Scena for string orchestra, Op.119
Alun Hoddinott
Dance fantasy for orchestra
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Dance fantasy for orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Lanterne des morts Op.105`2
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Lanterne des morts Op.105`2
Alun Hoddinott
Folk-Song Suite
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Folk-Song Suite
Alun Hoddinott
Four Welsh Dances - Op. 15 No. 3
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Four Welsh Dances - Op. 15 No. 3
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Severn Bridge Variations for orchestra
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Severn Bridge Variations for orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Symphony No 2
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Symphony No 2
Alun Hoddinott
The Sun, the great luminary of the universe (feat. Llŷr Williams) (BBC Hoddinott Hall 2016-17)
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The Sun, the great luminary of the universe (feat. Llŷr Williams) (BBC Hoddinott Hall 2016-17)
Alun Hoddinott
Fendigaid Nos (The Wondrous Night)
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Fendigaid Nos (The Wondrous Night)
Alun Hoddinott
Horn Concerto (feat. Alec Frank-Gemmill) (BBC Hoddinott Hall 2016-17)
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Horn Concerto (feat. Alec Frank-Gemmill) (BBC Hoddinott Hall 2016-17)
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh Dances, Suite No.2, Op.64
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Welsh Dances, Suite No.2, Op.64
Alun Hoddinott
Investiture Dances, op.66: 3rd mvt Presto
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Investiture Dances, op.66: 3rd mvt Presto
Alun Hoddinott
Vexilla Regis (Sinfonia Fidei)
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Vexilla Regis (Sinfonia Fidei)
Malcolm Arnold
Severn Bridge Variations for orchestra
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Severn Bridge Variations for orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Sing a new song for chorus and organ
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Sing a new song for chorus and organ
Alun Hoddinott
Four Welsh Dances, Op.15; 2nd movement – Presto
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Four Welsh Dances, Op.15; 2nd movement – Presto

Four Welsh Dances, Op.15; 2nd movement – Presto

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves (conductor)
Alun Hoddinott
Investiture Dances
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Investiture Dances
Alun Hoddinott
Euphonium Concerto
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Euphonium Concerto
Alun Hoddinott
Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64
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Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64

Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64

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National Youth Orchestra of Wales
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Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64
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Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64

Welsh dances - suite no. 2 Op.64

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National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Alun Hoddinott & Arthur Davison
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Four Welsh Dances op 15
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Four Welsh Dances op 15
Alun Hoddinott
O Gentle Dove; If She Were Mine; Fairest Gwen (from Six Welsh Folksongs)
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O Gentle Dove; If She Were Mine; Fairest Gwen (from Six Welsh Folksongs)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1986: Prom 10
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Royal Albert Hall
1986-07-28T21:08:43
28
Jul
1986

Proms 1986: Prom 10

Royal Albert Hall

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