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Giles Swayne

Born: 1946

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Photo © Alice Williamson


“Out of alignment with the avant-garde, with minimalism and with diehard traditionalism, [Swayne] belongs anywhere but the middle of the road.” - Anthony Burton

Well known for choral works that include the groundbreaking CRY and Magnificat I, Swayne’s catalogue also encompasses orchestral works such as Pentecost Music and the organ concerto Chinese Whispers, as well as chamber music and a series of solo instrumental Cantos. Combining the technical rigour and emotional directness born out of his studies with Birtwistle and Messiaen and years spent in Africa, concern for human suffering and the plight of the natural world frequently inform Swayne’s work, which can be witty, dramatic and shocking, but always surprising.
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