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Brian Dennis

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Brian Dennis was an English experimental music[1] composer,[2] and writer[3] born in Marple, Cheshire in May 1941 and died in June 1998.


His compositions embody roughly 150 songs a lot of that are settings of Chinese poems[10] with lyrics in English ready by the composer, in addition to various piano items. He accomplished a trilogy of one-act operas based mostly on Japanese Noh performs in addition to an unfinished three-act opera based mostly on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

He additionally featured in BBC documentary Music in Schools and has impressed Dan Mayfield’s School of Noise.

Brian wrote two books within the Nineteen Seventies: Experimental Music in Schools (

ISBN 978-0193231955)[5] and Projects in Sound (ISBN 978-0900938450),[6][7] which suggest a brand new graphical type of Musical notation, displaying devices as photos representing their sound, slightly than conventional notation on a stave. For instance, the notation of a scraping wooden Güiro could be proven as zig-zag traces. Both books have been used extensively in lecture rooms[8][9] and have become a part of the National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Brian studied with Stockhausen, Berio, Earle Brown and Cathy Berberian at The Cologne Course for New Music and was a lecturer in Composition and Contemporary Music at Royal Holloway College, University of London.[4]

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