George Dyson (1883-1964)
Sir George Dyson was a master of the English choral tradition, and his Morning Service, Evening Service and Te Deum display the same pageantry and vigour for which his larger works, notably the cantata The Canterbury Pilgrims, are renowned. A Yorkshireman of humble origins, he rose to become a distinguished public-school teacher, administrator, and in 1937, Director of the Royal College of Music, where he himself had studied composition with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. To the craft and wisdom learnt from his teacher he added a gift for fresh, vocally conceived tunes, of a youthfulness that defies fashion, whether in the popular Melody and Intermezzo for cello and piano or the neglected Symphony, recently revived to great acclaim.
His study of contemporary compositional techniques, The New Music (Oxford, 1924), was influential for a generation – the work of a conservative spirit who nonetheless could regard his subject with impartiality. That kind of honesty reflects his achievement as a whole, which is why Dyson's art, in the integrity of its invention and utterance, continues to grow in reputation.
Dyson titles published by Stainer & Bell
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