• Robert Saxton
  • Birthday Music for Sir William Glock (1988)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the BBC

  • fl.cl(bcl)/hn/perc/pf/vn.va.vc
  • 3 min

Programme Note

BIRTHDAY MUSIC FOR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT was written in 1986 for the Guildhall String Ensemble to play in a concert which they gave at the Wigmore Hall, London, to celebrate Richard Rodney Bennett's birthday.

The piece begins with a melody derived from the musical letters of Richard Rodney Bennett's name. The music is a gradual accelerando which after reaching a climax subsides into a sestained coda which re-states the initial material.

BIRTHDAY MUSIC FOR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT lasts for about three minutes.

© Robert Saxton