Denis ApIvor

This page contains various items of interest relating to my research into the composer Denis ApIvor, the subject of my Leeds University doctorate (2002). The purpose is to make resources available (strictly in a non-commercial context) that otherwise would be completely inaccessible to interested parties. I ¬†am also undertaking a project to enhance the ApIvor archive at the University of Leeds Special Collections (more information here) which will enable online access via the library’s website to additional audio and documents not currently in my possession.

Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra (1954)

The sound recording below is from the BBC Broadcast of Denis ApIvor’s Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra (7 February 1958). The excerpt is made available as a listening accompaniment to my academic writing on ApIvor’s guitar music.

 

Saeta (1972) for solo guitar

This is an excellent performance of Denis ApIvor’s Saeta by the British guitarist, Simon James. Simon is currently undertaking a project to record all of the composer’s solo guitar works – see here.

 

Ten Pieces for Solo Guitar, from An Introduction to Serial Composition for Guitarists (1982)

A tasteful performance by Rob MacKillop of the third piece from this set of ten pieces written to illustrate ApIvor’s compositional theories. For more information about Rob’s performance approach, see here

 

The Hollow Men (1939)

The sound recording below is from the BBC Broadcast of Denis ApIvor’s The Hollow Men (21 February 1950), featuring the BBC Male Voice Chorus with Redvers Llewellyn (baritone) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constant Lambert. The excerpt is made available as a listening accompaniment to the publication in the British Music Society Journal of my academic article ‘”Music of the Cactus Land”: A consideration of Musical Style and Text Setting in Denis ApIvor’s The Hollow Men.’

NB. I recommend headphone listening as this is an old and noisy recording. Also, as this is a large file, depending on your internet speed there may be a few seconds buffering time before it plays. You can always try refreshing your browser if necessary, or go directly to the Soundcloud link by clicking on ‘Music of the Cactus Land’. Please contact me if you experience any problems.