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Elias' Playground
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:47:10 AM »

A short biography:

Brian Elias studied at London’s Royal College of Music with Humphrey Searle and Bernard Stevens and privately with Elisabeth Lutyens. After five years working at a finance company in New York he returned to London to re-establish a musical career. The development of his language can be traced through his major orchestral works. The Webernesque Le Chevelure (1967) was followed twelve years later by Somnia; the intensity of L’Eylah (1983) is built upon in the exquisite Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya (1989) and the powerfully expressionist ballet The Judas Tree (1991), leads to the playful but dark The House that Jack Built (2001). The music of Brian Elias is published exclusively by Chester Music Limited.

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Anyone here familiar with this composer? I think he's going to be the next big thing in British Contemporary music. His music is rhythmically complex and there's always a directness to the music that appeals to me. He doesn't waste any time getting to the point. Elias also has great command over the orchestra, which became quite clear when listening to his The House That Jack Built which is a dark, twisted tale about children on a playground. Very cool music.
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