Richard Blackford studied privately with Elisabeth Lutyens and at the Royal College of Music. He spent a number of years as Henze’s assistant in Italy, where he received his first commissions while immersed in the European avant-garde. He returned to London in 1977 to turn his sights to the dramatic potential of music: he received two commissions for children’s operas and embarked on his career as a composer for the screen which has resulted in over eighty scores for film and television. The mid-1990s saw a renewed focus on lyrical and eloquent works for the concert hall, notably the poignant and eclectic oratorio Voices of Exile.
Composition timpani and percussion requirements
Not In Our Time
Timpani + 3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, tam tam, tubular bells C4, D, F, Gb, Bb, Db, Ab, suspended cymbal x 2, congas, snare drum, military drum, clash cymbals, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, water gong
Voices of Exile
Timpani + 2 percussion
1) 2 log drums, marimba, Chinese cymbal, suspended cymbal, bongos, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, clash cymbals, triangle 2) orchestral bass drum, tam tam, Chinese cymbal, 2 octaves crotales, snare drum, congas, suspended cymbal, claves, marimba, hi hat, triangle