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Robert Simpson

voc, 1921-1997 GB, Royal Leamington Spa
Composer / Producer of Classical
A.k.a. Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson

Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson (2 March 1921 – 21 November 1997) was an English composer and long-serving BBC producer and broadcaster.He is best known for his orchestral and chamber music (particularly those in the key classical forms: 11 symphonies and 15 string quartets), and for his writings on the music of Beethoven, Bruckner, Nielsen and Sibelius. He studied composition under Herbert Howells. Remarkably for a living contemporary composer, a Robert Simpson Society was formed in 1980 by individuals concerned that Simpson's music had been unfairly neglected. The Society aims to bring Simpson's music to a wider public by sponsoring recordings and live performances of his work, by issuing a journal and other publications, and by maintaining an archive of material relating to the composer.

     
Genres
  • Classical
  • Brass
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
Energy on Brass From The Masters, Vol. 1 by Williams Fairey Band, James Gourlay & Bryan Hurdley
Volcano on Volcano by Black Dyke Band & Major Peter Parkes
Symphony No. 3: I. Allegro ma non troppo on Simpson: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 by Robert Simpson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 9: II. on Simpson: Symphony No. 9 & Illustrated Talk by the Composer by Robert Simpson, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 9: III. on Simpson: Symphony No. 9 & Illustrated Talk by the Composer by Robert Simpson, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Vernon Handley
String Quartet No. 7: I. Tranquillo – on Simpson: String Quartets Nos. 7 & 8 by Robert Simpson & Delmé Quartet
Symphony No. 9: IV. on Simpson: Symphony No. 9 & Illustrated Talk by the Composer by Robert Simpson, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 3: IId. Allegro on Simpson: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 by Robert Simpson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro grazioso on Simpson: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 by Robert Simpson, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Vernon Handley
Symphony No. 5: Ib. Allegro on Simpson: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 by Robert Simpson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Vernon Handley

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Complete SymphoniesRobert Simpson2006Album
Symphony No 11 / Variations On A Theme By Carl NielsenRobert Simpson, City Of London Sinfonia, Matthew Taylor2004Album
The Art Of FugueJohann Sebastian Bach · Robert Simpson, The Delmé String Quartet2000Album
String Quartet No 13 / String Quintet No 2 / Clarinet QuintetRobert Simpson, The Delmé String Quartet, Christopher Van Kampen, Thea King1997Album
Brass From The Masters, Vol. 1Ralph Vaughan Williams • William Alwyn • Cyril Jenkins • Robert Simpson • Edmund Rubbra • Sir Edward Elgar / The Williams Fairey Brass Band, James Gourlay • Bryan Hurdley1997Album
Symphony No 1 / Symphony No 8Robert Simpson, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley1996Album
The Complete Solo Piano MusicRobert Simpson - Raymond Clarke1996Album
Violin Sonata • Piano TrioRobert Simpson - Pauline Lowbury, Christopher Green-Armytage, The Lowbury Piano Trio1995Album
Symphony No 3 / Symphony No 5Robert Simpson1995Album
String Quartet No 14 / String Quartet No 15 / Quintet For Clarinet, Bass Clarinet And String TrioRobert Simpson, The Vanbrugh Quartet, Joy Farrall, Fiona Cross1993Album
String Quartet No 12 / String QuintetRobert Simpson - Coull Quartet, Roger Bigley1992Album
Symphony No 2 / Symphony No 4Robert Simpson1992Album
Symphony No 10Robert Simpson, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley1991Album
String Quartet No 3 / String Quartet No 6 / String TrioRobert Simpson, The Delmé String Quartet1990Album
String Quartet No 1 / String Quartet No 4Robert Simpson, The Delmé String Quartet1990Album
String Quartet No. 10 (For Peace) / String Quartet No 11Robert Simpson, Coull Quartet1988Album
Symphony No6 / Symphony No7Robert Simpson, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley1988Album
Symphony No 9Robert Simpson – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley1988Album
String Quartet No. 7 / String Quartet No. 8Robert Simpson, The Delmé String Quartet1984Album
Symphony No. 3 & Clarinet QuintetRobert Simpson1979Album
Symphony No 3Robert Simpson - Jascha Horenstein, The London Symphony Orchestra1970Album
Clarinet Quintet (1968), String Quartet (1951/52)Robert Simpson - Bernard Walton, Aeolian String Quartet1970Album
Symphonie No. 2 / Symphonie No. 1Peter Racine Fricker / Robert SimpsonAlbum
String Quartet No 9Robert Simpson, The Delmé String QuartetAlbum
String Quartet No 2 / String Quartet No 5Robert Simpson, The Delmé String QuartetAlbum
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