James Clifford Brown

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James Clifford Brown (1923–2004) was an English composer.

Life[edit]

James Clifford Brown, usually referred to as James Brown, was born in Ipswich on 18 August 1923. He was trained in singing and organ-playing by Jonathan Job, the Ipswich Borough Organist, then himself became organist and choirmaster at All Hallows' Church.[1][2]

In 1941 he won a choral studentship to St John's College, Cambridge, but his studies were interrupted by war service. He resumed study after his return in 1945, and was then appointed as organ student.[1]

From 1948 until retirement in 1983 he was a lecturer, then senior lecturer, in the music department of the University of Leeds. He was active as a composer throughout this time. In 1951 he was asked by his friend Allan Wicks to write the music for the first major revival of the York Mystery Plays,[3] which were a triumphant success. In 1961–1962 he took a year's leave to study with Boris Porena in Rome.[1]

He made his home in Kirkstall until 2003. Subsequently he moved to Bridlington, where he died on 21 December 2004.[2]

Published works in print[edit]

See [1][4]

  • The Lark now leaves his wat'ry Nest, for 2-part female voices and piano, 1949
  • Portsmouth, solo song with piano, 1949
  • A Nocturne, solo song with piano, 1950
  • Andante Sospirando, organ, 1951
  • Sonatina, clarinet and viola, 1952
  • The Lass for a Sailor, solo song with piano, 1955
  • Careless Content, solo song with piano, 1957
  • A Morning Pastoral, three songs for SSA, 1965
  • Promenade, piano duet, 1974
  • Silent Spring, solo song with piano, 1976
  • If ye turn to him, motet for unison boys' voices and organ, 1980
  • Serenade, clarinet in A and piano, 1950, revised 1985
  • Prelude and Postlude for Easter, organ, 1987
  • The Shepherds' Nativity Hymn, for SATB choir and wind orchestra, 1991
  • From East to West, for SATB choir and keyboard, 1991
  • Summer Idyll, organ, 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d University of Leeds; James Brown: Handlist of Musical Works and Sources, compiled by Richard Rastall
  2. ^ a b University of Leeds; obituary
  3. ^ York Mystery Plays
  4. ^ Banks Music Publications (search with "Brown James")