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Peter Dickinson

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Unicorns (1982)
commissioned by Solna Brass with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain
Text Writer
John Heath Stubbs
Novello & Co Ltd
Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Year Composed
18 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
See 'Wind & Brass' Section - brass band, arr. 1984/songs with piano - Three Songs from the Unicorns'
Programme Note
Peter Dickinson The Unicorns (1982)
Perhaps the most haunting of his vocal works is the 1982 cycle The Unicorns written on commission to the Swedish mezzo Elisabeth Söderström and Solna Brass, and to a text by John Heath Stubbs. The unusual sonority of the instrumental part brought out the best of Dickinson the melodist: Lullaby is a minor modern classic, and the cycle is well represented in good quality recordings. A major non-orchestral work…is the impressive Mass of the Apocalypse, an outwardly un-English score which makes interesting use of piano and percussion in place of the more usual organ. Like Outcry, it is a work of considerable contemporary resonance and reinforces the utter absence of dilettantism in Dickinson’s work. He is an impressive figure who merits greater international recognition.

Brian Morton in Contemporary Composers, St James Press (1992)

  • Soloist(s)
    Elisabeth Soderstrom, soprano/ Solna Brass/
    Lars Gunner Björkland
  • Ensemble
    The King's Singers, Solna Brass
    Peter Dickinson (piano), Eric Parkin (piano), Rodney Slatford (double bass), Elisabeth Söderström (soprano)
    Albany Records:
  • Ensemble
    The London Concert Choir/ City of London Sinfonia
    Meriel Dickinson, mezzo-soprano
    Nicholas Cleobury
    Albany Troy:
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