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Ian Venables

Born: 1955

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Described as ‘Britain’s greatest living composer of art song; (Musical Opinion) and ‘a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney’ (BBC Music Magazine), he has written over 60 works in this genre, which includes eight song-cycles, Venetian Songs - Love’s Voice Op.22 (1995); Invite to Eternity Op.31 (1997) for tenor and string quartet; Songs of Eternity and Sorrow Op.36 (2004) for tenor, string quartet and piano; On the Wings of Love Op.38 (2006) for tenor, clarinet and piano; The Pine Boughs Past Music Op.39 (2009) for baritone and piano; Remember This Op.40 (2011) a Cantata for soprano, tenor, string quartet, and piano; The Song of The Severn Op.43 (2013) for baritone, string quartet and piano; and Through These Pale Cold Days Op. 46 (2016) for tenor, viola and piano. Other songs for solo voice and piano include, Two Songs Op.28 (1997) and Six Songs Op.33 (2003) as well as a dramatic scena At The Court Of The Poisoned Rose Op. 20 (1994).

His songs have been performed by national and international artists that include: Andrew Kennedy, Patricia Rozario, Roderick Williams, Nick Pritchard, Nicky Spence, Benjamin Appl, Ian Partridge, Howard Wong, Nathan Vale, Daniel Norman, Mary Plazas, Michael Lampard, Brian Thorsett, Allan Clayton, Peter Savidge, Peter Wilman, Elizabeth Atherton, Nicholas Mulroy, Kevin McLean Mair, Helen Massey, Keira Lyness, Susan Anne-Jenkins, Der-shin Hwang, Helen Meyerhoff, Sally Porter Munro, Caroline MacPhie, Benjamin Hulett, Geraldine McGreevy, Lucy Hall, Alessandro Fisher, Matteo Placidi and Kristian Sorensen
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