Derek Bourgeois was born in Dulwich, studied music at Cambridge, and His Serenade has become very popular in an arrangement for brass band, but it was . Bourgeois was at his best in shorter works, often for wind and brass bands, such as the . Derek Bourgeois’ Serenade, here for brass band. Sheet Music – £ – Derek Bourgeois’ Serenade for Organ is published here as [part of the excellent G & M Brand British Music Publishers catalogue.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. His first wife, Jean Berrywhom he had married inwas dying of motor neurone disease, and he was suffering from cancer.

A hugely prolific composer, he had the same knack for turning a memorable tune, a Waltonian sense of grandeur and a delight in infusing humour into his music whenever he could.

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Show 25 25 50 All. As a composer his energy is directed into major forms such as the symphony, oratorio and sonata, but he also has time for a joke in the true Haydn tradition and a sense of joie de vivre. Though his music received little critical acclaim, players and audiences loved its tunefulness and harmonic richness, and continue to do so. Born in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, Derek was the son of David Bourgeois, a company director, and his wife, Dinah nee Fordand attended Cranleigh school in Surrey, where he would later work as a music teacher.


Serenade Op. 22 For Organ Solo

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The Barchester Chronicles and Mansfield Park Introduction English Derek Bourgeois was born in Dulwich, studied music at Cambridge, and lectured in music at Bristol University for some years before becoming Director of the National Youth Orchestra.

His Serenade has become very popular in an arrangement for brass band, but it was composed as an organ piece, a bridal march for his own wedding. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. If there was a natural successor as a composer to Malcolm Arnoldit was Derek Bourgeois, who has died aged Some of the humour was more subtle: The site is also available in several languages.

His final four works — all composed this year — are wholly representative: After gaining a first-class degree in music and a doctorate at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he studied for two years at the Royal College of Music, London, with Howells for composition and Adrian Boult for conducting.

Bourgeois, Derek – Serenade Op. 22 For Organ Solo

Bourgeois taught as a lecturer in music at Bristol University fromleaving in to become director of music for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, a post he held until Serenade, Op 22 composer.

Don’t show me this message bokrgeois. The outright record goes to the Finnish composer Leif Segerstamwith so far more than As the number of beats in a bar becomes increasingly odd, the listener is left wondering whether the music was designed to amuse the composer’s musical bride as she walked up the aisle, or confuse his eminent Director of Studies who was in the congregation.


His introduction to the brass band world came inas the conductor of the Sun Life now Stanshawe Band in Bristol, and 10 years later he became artistic director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra.

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. When interviewed by Alan Rusbridger for the Guardian inBourgeois said: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

It is the sound of ferek drums that comes to mind, though, as the music unfolds, for this march swings in Caribbean style.

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September Total duration: Spain University of Bristol obituaries. Bourgeois was at his best in shorter works, often for wind and brass bands, such as the Green Dragon Overture serenxde, which — like many of his works serendae exists in versions for full orchestra and wind ensemblethe delightful Serenadewritten originally for organ in order to be played at his wedding or Blitzone of a number of test pieces written for brass band competitions.

His less ‘serious’ works incude a ‘Wine’ Symphony and a Cantata Gastronomica.