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Information about Addison J : Harlequin for Soprano Saxophone
John Addison was born in England on March 16th 1920. He was educated at Wellington College and was originally intended to follow a military career. He studied at the Royal College of Music from 1938-39 and then again, after serving for six years in the war, from 1947-48. Gordon Jacob was his professor of composition, and he also learned the oboe with Léon Goossens and the clarinet with Frederick Thurston. He was awarded the Sullivan prize at the RCM in 1948 and was appointed as professor of composition there in 1951.One of his first successes was a Sextet for Woodwinds, performed at the Frankfurt Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music. A number of commissions from prominent instrumentalists and from the BBC led to a steady stream of chamber and orchestral compositions, many of which have been recorded. In addition to his concert works John Addison has written some 70 film scores, winning Oscar and Grammy Awards for Tom Jones, Oscar nomination for Sleuth and the British Academy Award for A Bridge Too Far. Addisons many television scores include the theme for ' Murder, she wrote', which won him an Emmy Award. He has written music for more than 20 stage productions in London, in addition to John Crankos review Cranks, and (with David Heneker) the musical Popkiss, both of which had long runs in the West End of London. The ballet Carte Blanche was commissioned by the Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet and was first presented at the Edinburgh International Festival before transferring to London. After moving to Vermont in the USA John Addison spent much of his time working on commissions for the concert hall. His last major work was the Concertino for bassoon and orchestra, first performed by Graham Salvage and the Hallé Orchestra and published by Emerson Edition. He died in 1998.
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