Richard Rodney Bennett Biography (1936-)

Born March 29, 1936, in Broadstairs, Kent, England; son of H. Rodney (a lyricist and author) and Joan Esther (a musician, composer, and music critic; maiden name, Spink) Bennett. Addresses: Agent: Nigel Britten, Lemon, Unna& Durbridge Ltd., 24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park, London W11 4LZ, England.; Contact: Novello and Co. Ltd., 8-10 Lower James St., London W1R 3PL, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer
Birth Details
March 29, 1936
Broadstairs, Kent, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Music conductor, Billion Dollar Brain, United Artists, 1967
  • (As Richard Bennett) Guitarist, Wag the Dog, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • Stage Work
  • Accompanist, The Cat's Meow, CafĂ© Carlyle, New York City, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Billion Dollar Brain (soundtrack recording), 1967
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (soundtrack recording), 1967
  • Contributor to recordings by Elisabeth Lutyens; supervisor of orchestration for Standing Stone, by Paul McCartney, 1997.
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scores
  • The World Assured (documentary), British Insurance Institute, c. 1955.
  • Pickup Alley (also known as Interpol), Columbia, 1957
  • (As Richard Bennett) Indiscreet, Warner Bros., 1958
  • The Man Inside, Columbia, 1958
  • Menace in the Night (also known as A Face in the Night), United Artists, 1958
  • The Safecracker, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • Chance Meeting (also known as Blind Date), Paramount, 1959
  • (As Richard Bennett) The Angry Hills, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • The Devil's Disciple, United Artists, 1959
  • The Man Who Could Cheat Death, Paramount, 1959
  • The Mark, Continental, 1961
  • Only Two Can Play, British Lion, 1961 (some sources cite 1962).
  • Satan Never Sleeps (also known as The Devil Never Sleeps and Flight from Terror), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • The Wrong Arm of the Law, Continental, 1963 (some sources cite 1962).
  • Heavens Above!, British Lion, 1963
  • Billy Liar, Continental, 1963
  • One Way Pendulum, United Artists, 1964 (some sources cite 1965).
  • The Nanny, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • The Devil's Own (also known as The Witches), 1966 TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1967
  • Far from the Madding Crowd, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Billion Dollar Brain, United Artists, 1967
  • Secret Ceremony, Universal, 1968
  • The Buttercup Chain, Warner Bros., 1970
  • Figures in a Landscape, National General, 1971 (some sources cite1970).
  • Nicholas and Alexandra, Columbia, 1971
  • The Go Between, 1971
  • Lady Caroline Lamb (also known as Peccato d'amore), UnitedArtists, 1973
  • Voices (also known as Nightmare), Hemdale, 1973
  • Of Jewels and Gold, 1973
  • Murder on the Orient Express, Paramount, 1974
  • Permission to Kill, Warner Bros., 1975
  • L'imprecateur (also known as The Accuser), Parafrance, 1977
  • Equus, United Artists, 1977
  • The Brink's Job (also known as Big Stickup at Brink's), Universal, 1978
  • Yanks (also known as Yanks--Gestern waren wir noch Freunde), Universal, 1979
  • Return of the Soldier, European Classics, 1982
  • Enchanted April, Miramax, 1993 (some sources cite 1992).
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gramercy Pictures, 1994
  • Swann, Norstar Releasing, 1996
  • Film Music
  • Other
  • "Amazed and Confused," The Jazz Singer, Associated Film, 1980
  • Television Movie Scores
  • Sherlock Holmes in New York, 1976
  • Agatha Christie's Murder with Mirrors, CBS, 1985
  • Tender Is the Night, Showtime, 1985
  • Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, NBC, 1987
  • The Attic: The Hiding of Ann Frank, 1987 (some sources cite 1988).
  • The Man Who Lived at the Ritz, syndicated, 1988
  • The Tale of Sweeney Todd, Showtime, 1998
  • Also composer of music for The Charmer, The Christians, andL. P. Hartley Trilogy.
  • Television Music
  • Other
  • Incidental music, Doctor Who (series), 1964
  • "The Ebony Tower," Great Performances, PBS, 1987 (some sources cite 1984).
  • "Strange Interlude," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988 (some sources cite 1987).
  • The Story of Hollywood (series), TNT, 1988
  • An Evening with Maria Ewing, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Gormenghast (miniseries), BBC America, 2000
  • Operas
  • The Ledge, libretto by Adrian Mitchell, Sadler's Wells Theatre, England, 1961
  • The Mines of Sulphur, libretto by Beverley Cross, Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1965
  • A Penny for a Song (based on John Whiting's comedy), Sadler's Wells Opera Company, 1967
  • Victory (based on the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad), libretto by Beverley Cross, Covent Garden Theatre, London, 1970
  • All the King's Men (children's opera), 1970
  • Symphonies
  • Symphony Number One, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1966
  • Symphony Number Two, performed by the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, 1969
  • Symphony Number Three, Three Choirs Festival, 1987
  • Concertos
  • Horn Concerto, 1955
  • Piano Concerto Number One, performed by Stephen Bishop and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 1968
  • Oboe Concerto, 1970
  • Guitar Concerto, 1970
  • Concerto for Viola and Chamber Ensemble, 1973
  • Concerto for Orchestra, 1973
  • Violin Concerto, 1975
  • Scena and commedia: Commedia II, 1976
  • Harpsichord Concerto, 1980
  • Scena and commedia: Concerto for Wind Quintet, 1983
  • Clarinet Concerto, 1987
  • Saxophone Concerto, 1988
  • Marimba Concerto, 1988
  • Ballets
  • Isadora, choreography by Kenneth Macmillan, Royal Opera House, London, 1981
  • Noctuary (variations on a theme by Scott Joplin), 1985
  • Vocal/Choral Compositions
  • Put Away the Flutes, 1952
  • Nocturnal upon St. Lucie's Day, 1954
  • The Tillaquils, 1955
  • Three Songs, 1955
  • Ricercar, 1956
  • Farewell to Arms, 1959
  • The Approaches to Sleep, 1960
  • Lament, 1960
  • The Worlde's Joie, 1960
  • Tom O'Bedlam's Song, 1961
  • Childe Rolande to the Dark Tower Came, 1961
  • Three Madrigals, 1961
  • London Pastoral, 1962
  • Three Elegies, 1962
  • Nowell, Nowell, Tidings True, 1963
  • Two Lullabies, 1963
  • The Sorrows of Mary, 1964
  • Verses, 1964
  • One Evening, 1964
  • Epithalamion (for chorus and orchestra), Leeds Festival, Leeds, England, 1967
  • Soliloquy, 1967
  • Five Carols, 1967
  • The Music That Her Echo Is, 1967
  • Two Carols, 1968
  • Crazy Jane, 1968
  • Jazz Pastoral, 1969
  • A Garland for Marjory Fleming, 1969
  • Four Devotions, 1971
  • Funny Thing, 1971
  • The House of Sleepe, 1971
  • She Reminds Me of You, 1971
  • Tenebrae, 1971
  • Sonnet Sequence, 1972
  • Nightpiece, 1972
  • Quietly with Bright Eyes, 1972
  • Time's Whiter Scenes, 1974
  • Spells, 1975
  • The Ghost Who Died for Love, 1976
  • First Thing about Me, 1977
  • Let's Go and Live in the Country, 1978
  • Our Own Kind of Dancing, 1979
  • Nonsense, 1979
  • Puer nobis, 1980
  • I Never Went Away, 1980
  • Letters to Lindbergh, 1981
  • Vocalize, 1981
  • Seachange, 1981
  • This Is the Garden, 1984
  • Five Sonnets of Louise Labe, 1984
  • Lullaby Mine Liking, 1984
  • Love Songs, 1984
  • Nowel, 1986
  • A Death Shall Have No Domain, 1986
  • Lullaby Baby, 1986
  • Dream Songs, 1986
  • Ophelia, 1987
  • Other Musical Compositions
  • String Quarter Number 1, 1951
  • Variations for Solo Oboe, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1953
  • String Quartet Number 2, 1953
  • String Quartet Number 3, 1953
  • Sonata for Piano, 1954
  • Sonata for Flute, 1955
  • Four Improvisations, 1955
  • Sonata Number 1, 1955
  • Sonata for Cello, 1955
  • Sonata for Viola, 1955
  • Parallels, 1955
  • Five Pieces, 1956
  • Cycle for Piano I-IX, 1957
  • Studies for Five Instruments, 1957
  • Study, 1957
  • Theme and Variations, 1957
  • Music for Two Pianos, 1958
  • Cycle II for Paul Jacobs, 1958
  • Music for an Occasion, 1959
  • Stanzas for Flute, 1959
  • Journal, 1960
  • Calendar, 1960
  • Stanzas for Organ, 1960
  • Winter Music, 1960
  • Sonata for Oboe and Piano, 1961
  • Suite francaise, 1961
  • The Approaches of Sleep (cantata), 1961
  • Pastorale (song cycles), 1962
  • Quartet for Clarinet, String Trio, and Piano, 1962
  • Fanfare, 1962
  • Fantasy, 1962
  • Nocturnes, 1963
  • Rondo, 1963
  • A Jazz Calendar (chamber music), 1964
  • Violin Sonata Number Two, 1964
  • Five Studies for the Piano, 1964
  • Aubade, 1964
  • Trio for Three Violins, 1964
  • Sonata Number 2, 1964
  • Suite, 1965
  • Trio for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, 1965
  • A Canon for Stravinsky, 1967
  • Quintet, 1968
  • Capriccio, 1968
  • Impromptu for Guitar, 1968
  • Impromptu for Flute, 1969
  • Intrada, 1970
  • Madrigals, 1971
  • Commedia I, 1972
  • Commedia III, 1973
  • Alba, 1973
  • Scena I, 1973
  • Commedia IV, 1974
  • Four Piece Suite, 1974
  • Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, 1975
  • Zodiac, 1976
  • Serenade, 1976
  • Telegram, 1976
  • Actaeon, 1977
  • Music for Strings, 1977
  • Kandinsky Variations, 1977
  • Scena III, 1977
  • Double Brass Concert, 1978
  • Sonata for Horn and Piano, 1978
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano, 1978
  • Sonnets for Orpheus, 1979
  • Metamorphoses, 1980
  • Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds, 1981
  • Music for String Quartet, 1981
  • Impromptu on the Name of Haydn, 1981
  • Sonatina for Clarinet, 1981
  • Anniversaries, 1982
  • Freda's Fandango, 1982
  • After Syrinx I, 1982
  • Memento (for solo flute and string orchestra), 1983
  • Sonata for Guitar, 1983
  • Sinfonietta, 1984
  • Moving into Aquarius, 1984
  • Serenade II, 1984
  • After Syrinx, 1984
  • Sounds and Sweet Airs, 1985
  • Sonata after Syrinx, 1985
  • Duo Concertante, 1985
  • Reflections on a Theme of William Walton, 1985
  • Romances, 1985
  • Tango after Syrinx, 1985
  • Tender Is the Night: Suite, 1985
  • Morning Music, 1986
  • Dream Dancing, 1986
  • Lamento d'Arianna, 1986
  • After Ariadne, 1986
  • Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, 1986
  • Suite for Skip and Sadie, 1986
  • Sonata for Wind Quartet and Piano, 1987
  • The Flowers of the Forest, 1989
  • Other Writings
  • Contributor of articles about music to periodicals.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • A Jazz Calendar was adapted for use in Frederick Ashton's ballet of the same name, first performed by the Royal Ballet in 1968.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 2nd edition, 1998

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