Kenneth Leighton

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Born: 2 October 1929

Died: 24 August 1988


Kenneth Leighton (b. Wakefield, October 2, 1929, d. Edinburgh, August 24, 1988) was an English composer. Leighton was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire and was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral from 1937 to 1942. He earned the LRAM Piano Performer's Diploma in 1946. In 1947 he went to The Queen's College, Oxford on a Hastings Scholarship in Classics. In 1950, he graduated with both BA in Classics and in 1951 with a BMus (having studied with Bernard Rose). In the same year he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship and went to Rome to study with the Italian avant garde composer Goffredo Petrassi.

Kenneth Leighton was Professor of Theory at the Royal Marine School of Music in Deal, Kent (1952-53) and Gregory Fellow in Music at the University of Leeds (1953-56). In 1956 he was appointed Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, where he was made Senior Lecturer and then Reader; in 1968, he returned to Oxford as University Lecturer in Music and Fellow of Worcester College. In October 1970, he was appointed Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, a post which he held until his death in 1988. He was succeeded in this post by his student Nigel Osborne.

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  • Solus ad victimam
  • Veris Gratia Cantata, Opus 6
  • Hippolytus, Opus 8
  • Just now the lilac is in bloom, Opus 10
  • The Light Invisible: Sinfonia Sacra, Opus 16
  • A Christmas Caroll, Opus 21
  • The Star Song, Opus 25a
  • Lully, lulla thou little tiny child, Opus 25b
  • An ode to the birth of our saviour, Opus 25c
  • Mass, Opus 44
  • Columba (Opera), Opus 77
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - 2nd Service

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