William Mathias

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Taking piano lessons at three years of age and composing by five, William Mathias became one of Britain's leading 20th-century composers. (He was invited to compose the wedding anthem for the marriage of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.) This work provides, for the first time in one volume, up-to-date and comprehensive details of the composer's life's work. It includes a biography, a complete list of works and performances, a discography of sound recordings, and an annotated bibliography, along with useful appendixes and an index. This book will be of interest to musicologists, students, and 20th century music buffs alike.

Mathias was a prolific and versatile composer whose works included opera and music for orchestra, chamber groups, solo instruments, organ, brass ensembles, choral, church, and children's groups. His wedding anthem for Prince Charles and Lady Diana was heard by over 750 million people around the world on television—probably the largest audience for any first performance of a new work.

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A short biography supplements a list of the composer's works and performances classified by genre, a discography of commercial recordings, a bibliography of articles and features about the composer and his music, with some annotations, and alphabetical and chronological listings of his work. Entries on works and performances include details such as first performances, duration, and publication and commission information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313278655
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1995
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STEWART R. CRAGGS is Deputy Site Manager, Chester Road Library at the University of Sunderland in England.

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Table of Contents




Works and Performances


Orchestral Music

Chamber and Solo Instrumental Music

Organ Music


Choral Music

Church Music

Music for Children

Incidental Music

Music for Brass Ensembles



Appendix I: Alphabetical List of Compositions

Appendix II: Chronological List of Main Compositions


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