Stephen Oliver (composer)
Born in Chester, Oliver was educated at St Paul's Cathedral, Ardingly College and at Worcester College, Oxford, where he read music under Kenneth Leighton and Robert Sherlaw Johnson. His first opera, The Duchess of Malfi (1971), was staged while he was still at Oxford. Later works include incidental music for the Royal Shakespeare Company (including The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby). a musical, Blondel (1983; with Tim Rice), and over forty operas, including Tom Jones (1975), Beauty and the Beast (1984), Lady Jane (1986) and Timon of Athens (1991). Oliver also wrote music for television, including several of the BBC's Shakespeare productions (Timon among those), and some chamber and instrumental music. He was a good friend of Simon Callow who commissioned the piece Ricercare No4 for Cantabile.
He also composed the score for the thirteen-hour radio dramatization of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981. The work combined a main theme with many sub-themes, all composed within the English pastoral tradition.
In 2006, Oliver's archive of original scores and papers was presented to the British Library by his family.
- Holden, Amanda; Blyth, Alan (1993), The Viking opera guide, Viking, ISBN 0-670-81292-7
- "Friendships in Constant Repair": perspectives on the life and work of Stephen Oliver. ISBN 978-1-84876-534-4
- Official Stephen Oliver website
- Stephen Oliver at the Internet Movie Database
- Composer page at ChesterNovello.com
- BBC Shakespeare
- The Stephen Oliver Archive at the British Library
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