Anthony Payne

Anthony Edward Payne (2 August 1936 – 30 April 2021) was an English composer, music critic and musicologist. He is best known for his acclaimed completion of Edward Elgar's third symphony, which subsequently gained wide acceptance into Elgar's ''oeuvre''. Apart from opera, his own works include representatives of most traditional genres, and although he made substantial contributions to orchestral and choral repertoire, he is particularly noted for his chamber music. Many of these chamber works were written for his wife, the soprano Jane Manning, and the new music ensemble Jane's Minstrels, which he founded with Manning in 1988. Initially an unrelenting proponent of modernist music, by the 1980s his compositions had embraced aspects of the late romanticism of England, described by his colleague Susan Bradshaw as "modernized nostalgia". His mature style is thus characterised by a highly individualised combination of modernism and English romanticism, as well as numerology, wide spaced harmonies, specific intervallic characterisations, and the frequent alternation between strict and fluid rhythmic frameworks.

Born in London, Payne first seriously studied music at Durham University. Though a composer since childhood, his professional career began around 1969 with his first major work, the ''Phoenix Mass'' for choir and brass band, which was firmly rooted in the modernist tradition. He continued to write choral and vocal works, almost exclusively to British poets, particularly Thomas Hardy, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Edward Thomas. From his 1981 chamber work ''A Day in the Life of a Mayfly'' on, he synthesised aspects of English romanticism from his primary influences, Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. Two orchestral commissions for The Proms, ''The Spirit's Harvest'' (1985) and ''Time's Arrow'' (1990) were well received. After several years, Payne created a completed version of Elgar's unfinished third symphony, which brought him international attention and future commissions for completions and orchestrations of works by Delius, Elgar and Finzi. Unsure of his musical identity, Payne found difficulty in subsequent composition until the 2002 orchestral Proms commission, ''Visions and Journeys'' (2002). Further major works include ''The Period of Cosmographie'' (2010) and ''Of Land, Sea and Sky'' (2016) for The Proms. He died in April 2021, a month after the death of his wife.

Payne held academic posts at various institutions throughout his career, including Mills College, the London College of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Western Australia and the University of East Anglia. Despite regular commissions from a variety of English ensembles, Payne was not a particularly mainstream composer and was forced to supplement his income with writings. A renowned critic, he wrote for ''The Daily Telegraph'', ''The Independent'' and ''Country Life''. Other writings include publications on a variety of musical topics, notably —a study on the composer Arnold Schoenberg—and numerous works on the music of Frank Bridge, to whom he was particularly devoted. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1992
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Published 1978
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by Payne, Anthony
Published 2001
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1984
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Published 1974
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1995
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1988
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by Payne, Anthony
Published 1990
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1976
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by Payne, Anthony
Published 1974
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Published 1978
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1989
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1988
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1983
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1987
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1983
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by Payne, Anthony.
Published 1987
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by Payne, Anthony
Published 1986
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