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BLAKE, David (Leonard)  (1936-    )

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Blake, David (Leonard), English composer; b. London, Sept. 2, 1936. He

studied music at Cambridge; then went to East Berlin, where he took lessons with Hanns Eisler. In 1964 he was appointed lecturer in music at York Univ. His early works were in a tonal idiom influenced by Bartok and Mahler, but later he began writing in the 12-tone system as promulgated by Schoenberg and Eisler. He then experimented in a wide variety of styles, including oriental scales and aleatory improvisation. While serving in the British army in the Far East, he learned Chinese.

Works: String Quartet No. 1(1961-62); String Quartet No. 2 (1973); Itís a Small War, musical for schools (1962); 3 Choi-uses to poems by Robert Frost (1964); Beata líAlma for Soprano and Piano (1966); Sym. for Chamber Orch. (1966); Lemma, cantata after Ezra Pound, for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1968-69); Metamorphoses for Orch. (1971); Scenes for Solo Cello (1972); Nonet (1971; London, June 21, 1971); The Bones of Chuang Tzu for Baritone and Chamber Orch. (1972; Glasgow, March 25, 1975); In Praise of Krishna for Soprano and 9 Players (1973; Leeds, March 7,1973); Toussaint, opera in 3 acts (1974-76; London, Sept. 28, 1977; rev. version, London, Sept. 6, 1983); Violin Concerto No. 1 (1976; London, Aug. 19, 1976); Sonata alla Marcia for Chamber Orch. (1978; London, May 17, 1978); From the Mattress Grave for High Voice and 11 Players (1978; Durham, Feb. 3,1979); 9 Poems of Heine for High Voice and Piano (1978); Cessation for Wind Octet (1979; Sheffield, May 19,1979); Clarinet Quintet (1980); Capriccio for 7 Players (1980); The Spear for Male Speaker, Mezzo-soprano, and 4 Players (1982); Rise, Dove for Baritone and Orch. (1982); String Quartet No. 3(1982); Violin Concerto No. 2 (1983); Scherzi ed Intermezzi (Bedford, Nov. 17, 1984); Seasonal Variants for 7 Players (Norwich, Oct. 18, 1985); The Plumberís Gift, opera (London, May 25, 1989).