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Judith Weir’s music has achieved considerable popularity with audiences and critics alike. She trained with John Tavener while still at school and subsequently with Robin Holloway at King's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1976. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> Not to be confused with John Taverner Robin Greville Holloway (born 19 October, 1943 in Leamington Spa) is an English Composer. King's College Cambridge is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Her music is characterised by a distinctive textural clarity and a lucid but idiosyncratic harmonic idiom. Often drawing on sources from medieval history, as well as the traditional stories and music of her native Scotland, she is best known for her operas and theatre works, although she has also achieved considerable international renown for her extensive catalogue of orchestral and chamber works.
Weir's musical language is fairly conservative in its mechanics, but her ear for sonority and effect, and ability to make simple ideas sound fresh, makes her work free of modern-music clichés, while at the same time being interesting, approachable and communicative. Her operatic musical writing is sometimes compared to Britten's. As well as some "micro-operas", she has composed the full-length operas A Night at the Chinese Opera, The Vanishing Bridegroom, Blond Eckbert, and recently, in co-operation with Margaret Williams, Armida, an opera for television. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto A Night at the Chinese Opera is an Opera by Judith Weir. Aside from an earlier opera for children this was Weir's first full-scale opera written on commission Blond Eckbert is an Opera by Scottish composer Judith Weir. The composer wrote the English Libretto herself after the short story der blonde Margaret Williams is a former municipal politician in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Commissioned works most notably include woman. life. song for Jessye Norman and We are Shadows for Simon Rattle. Jessye Norman (born September 15, 1945) is a four time Grammy award winning African American opera singer WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> Sir Simon Denis Rattle, CBE, FRSA, (born January
From 1995 to 2000, she was the Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival in London. Spitalfields Festival is a Music festival which takes place in the Spitalfields area of Tower Hamlets. She held the post of Composer in Association for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 1998. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO is a British orchestra based in Birmingham, England. In 1997 she received the Lincoln Center's Stoeger Prize.
According to The Independent newspaper, "Judith Weir has brought new hope to those who thought modern music could never be tuneful and original". The Independent is a British compact Newspaper published by Tony O'Reilly 's Independent News & Media.
In January 2008, Weir was the focus of the BBC's annual composer weekend at the Barbican Centre in London. The four days of programmes ended with a first performance of her new commission, CONCRETE, a choral motet. The subject of this piece was inspired by the Barbican building itself - she describes it as ‘an imaginary excavation of the Barbican Centre, burrowing through 2,500 years of historical rubble’.