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Iain  Hamilton

Born: June 6th, 1922
Died: July 21st, 2000
Country of origin: United Kingdom
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Conductor: Clemens Schuldt
Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
2020-07-11 | Grafenegg (Austria), Wolkenturm — 19.00
Iain Hamilton was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 6 June 1922 but moved to London in 1929.   He was educated at Mill Hill School and spent seven years in engineering before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  He studied with William Alwyn and Harold Craxton and won many prizes including the Koussevitsky Foundation Award (for his Second Symphony), the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Prize (for his Clarinet Concerto) and the Edwin Evans Memorial Prize before graduating in 1951 with the Academy’s highest honour, the Dove Prize.
During the 1950’s Hamilton was active both as a composer and in London musical life, lecturing at Morley College and London University, organising concerts as chairman of the music section of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and forming his own group ‘Music Now’.   He was chairman of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain in 1958.
From 1961 to 1981 Hamilton lived in New York, commuting to Duke University where he was Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music, and spent a certain period each year in London.  He returned to live in London in June 1981.
An overtly dramatic tension arising from bold contrasts of gesture and timbre is central to Hamilton’s music, whether in operatic or orchestral works.  He was one of the first British composers to exploit the serial method, applied with great fluency to large-scale forms often exploring subjects drawn from classical antiquity.  He subsequently relaxed this rigorous if brilliant stance into a more approachable style and an immediacy of language that has proved itself particularly effective in a number of highly successful operas.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from London University and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Glasgow University.  The Composers’ Guild of Great Britain gave him the Vaughan Williams Award as Composer of the Year in 1974.
Conductor: Clemens Schuldt
Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
2020-07-11 | Grafenegg (Austria), Wolkenturm — 19.00

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  1. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 5
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ED 10217 Q25341
    €33.99  *
  2. Concerto

    Concerto

    for piano and orchestra
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : piano and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction for 2 pianos
    Order No. : ED 10774 Q25342
    €18.99  *
  3. Three Nocturnes

    Three Nocturnes

    for clarinet in A and piano
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 6
    Instrumentation : clarinet in A and piano
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 10194 Q3220
    €14.99  *
  4. Variations on an original theme

    Variations on an original theme

    for string orchestra
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 1
    Instrumentation : string orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ED 10218 Q3228
    €21.99  *
  5. Sonata

    Sonata

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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 9
    Instrumentation : viola and piano
    Order No. : ED 10263 Q3238
    €34.99  *
  6. Sonata

    Sonata

    for clarinet and piano
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 22
    Instrumentation : clarinet and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 10426 Q3269
    €21.99  *
  7. Nocturnes with Cadenzas

    Nocturnes with Cadenzas

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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 10882 Q3374
    €11.99  *
  8. Sonata Notturna

    Sonata Notturna

    for horn and piano
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : horn and piano
    Order No. : ED 10971 Q3414
    €13.99  *
  9. Trio

    Trio

    for violin, cello and piano
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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 25
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 10590 Q5872
    €42.99  *
  10. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal

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    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : 11 solo parts
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : ED 10784 Q5885
    €13.99  *

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Profile
Iain Hamilton was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 6 June 1922 but moved to London in 1929.   He was educated at Mill Hill School and spent seven years in engineering before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  He studied with William Alwyn and Harold Craxton and won many prizes including the Koussevitsky Foundation Award (for his Second Symphony), the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Prize (for his Clarinet Concerto) and the Edwin Evans Memorial Prize before graduating in 1951 with the Academy’s highest honour, the Dove Prize.
During the 1950’s Hamilton was active both as a composer and in London musical life, lecturing at Morley College and London University, organising concerts as chairman of the music section of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and forming his own group ‘Music Now’.   He was chairman of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain in 1958.
From 1961 to 1981 Hamilton lived in New York, commuting to Duke University where he was Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music, and spent a certain period each year in London.  He returned to live in London in June 1981.
An overtly dramatic tension arising from bold contrasts of gesture and timbre is central to Hamilton’s music, whether in operatic or orchestral works.  He was one of the first British composers to exploit the serial method, applied with great fluency to large-scale forms often exploring subjects drawn from classical antiquity.  He subsequently relaxed this rigorous if brilliant stance into a more approachable style and an immediacy of language that has proved itself particularly effective in a number of highly successful operas.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from London University and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Glasgow University.  The Composers’ Guild of Great Britain gave him the Vaughan Williams Award as Composer of the Year in 1974.
Performances
Conductor: Clemens Schuldt
Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
2020-07-11 | Grafenegg (Austria), Wolkenturm — 19.00
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Products

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  1. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 5
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ED 10217 Q25341
    €33.99  *
  2. Concerto

    Concerto

    for piano and orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : piano and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction for 2 pianos
    Order No. : ED 10774 Q25342
    €18.99  *
  3. Three Nocturnes

    Three Nocturnes

    for clarinet in A and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 6
    Instrumentation : clarinet in A and piano
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 10194 Q3220
    €14.99  *
  4. Variations on an original theme

    Variations on an original theme

    for string orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 1
    Instrumentation : string orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : ED 10218 Q3228
    €21.99  *
  5. Sonata

    Sonata

    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 9
    Instrumentation : viola and piano
    Order No. : ED 10263 Q3238
    €34.99  *
  6. Sonata

    Sonata

    for clarinet and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 22
    Instrumentation : clarinet and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 10426 Q3269
    €21.99  *
  7. Nocturnes with Cadenzas

    Nocturnes with Cadenzas

    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 10882 Q3374
    €11.99  *
  8. Sonata Notturna

    Sonata Notturna

    for horn and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : horn and piano
    Order No. : ED 10971 Q3414
    €13.99  *
  9. Trio

    Trio

    for violin, cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    op. 25
    Instrumentation : violin, cello and piano
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 10590 Q5872
    €42.99  *
  10. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal

    Download Edition
    Composer : Hamilton, Iain
    Instrumentation : 11 solo parts
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : ED 10784 Q5885
    €13.99  *

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