In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Richard Rodney Bennett.
Richard Rodney Bennett
English composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was known for his compositions for both concert and film music. He began composing at a young age and studied at the Leighton Park School and the Royal Academy of Music. Bennett wrote over 50 works for film and television, including the BAFTA award-winning score for the 1975 film Murder on the Orient Express; a highly versatile musician and composer whose skillfully-crafted compositions reflect a variety of styles. Bennett experimented with avant-garde techniques and developed a unique style of serialism that he incorporated into many of his compositions. His work as a jazz pianist and singer also influenced much of his work as a composer. His choral pieces, praised for their expressiveness and natural sing-ability, are performed by acclaimed ensembles throughout England and around the world. In 1999, he was knighted in the New Year Honors.
Suggested choral pieces:
- Puer Nobis (Novello & Company Limited 14042287)
- Susanni (from Five Carols) (Universal Edition UE14014)
- A Farewell to Arms (Novello & Co NOV952457)