John McCabe

Biography

Born: April 21, 1939; Huyton  
John McCabe is a prolific English composer whose pianism has generally attracted greater attention than his many worthwhile compositions. Part of the reason public focus has been directed largely at his keyboard activity owes something to his enormous pianistic talent, a talent that has allowed him to record the entirety of the Haydn sonatas with great acclaim, as well as to delve into twentieth century works by Hindemith, Britten, Bax, Webern, Read more and others with equal authority. His mature compositional style has been conservative and generally tonal, not much further advanced in its expressive language than that of Bartók or pre-serial Stravinsky. Though McCabe did dabble in twelve-tone music early on, he cast it aside in favor of tonality and greater accessibility. McCabe has composed in most genres, including opera, ballet, symphonic (including film scores), vocal, choral, and various instrumental. As a pianist McCabe has recorded for a variety of labels, including Decca, EMI, Philips, Hyperion, Lyrita, and ASV.

John McCabe was born on April 21, 1939, in Huyton, Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was a musical prodigy, composing symphonies and numerous other works in his childhood, despite suffering periodic illnesses resulting from severe burns incurred at age two.

McCabe studied composition under Humphrey Procter-Gregg

at Manchester University from 1958-1960. This period saw one of his earliest surviving large works, the Violin Concerto No. 1 (1959). At Royal Manchester College of Music (1960-1961) McCabe studied piano with Gordon Green and composition with Thomas Pitfield. He also studied briefly (1964) at the Munich Hochschule with German composer Harald Genzmer.

By 1970 McCabe had already achieved a measure of success as a pianist, but from about that year he began garnering international notice, initially for his song cycle Notturni ed alba, for soprano and orchestra. From 1974-1976 McCabe recorded the Haydn piano sonatas for Decca. It was around this time that he more or less abandoned serial music. In 1983 he was given the title of Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to British music.

McCabe's imaginative ballet Edward II (1994-1995) was premiered with great success in 1995 by the Stuttgart Ballet, with choreography by David Bintley. In 2004 McCabe, who had served as President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians in 1982-1983, received a Distinguished Musician Award from the ISM. Among McCabe's later efforts was the 2005 Helios recording of Herbert Howells' Lambert's Clavichord, the work's first recording on piano. Read less

Biography

Born: April 21, 1939; Huyton  
John McCabe is a prolific English composer whose pianism has generally attracted greater attention than his many worthwhile compositions. Part of the reason public focus has been directed largely at his keyboard activity owes something to his enormous pianistic talent, a talent that has allowed him to record the entirety of the Haydn sonatas with great acclaim, as well as to delve into twentieth century works by Hindemith, Britten, Bax, Webern, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro giusto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Modere, tres franc
II. Assez lent, avec une expression intense
III. Modere
IV. Assez anime
V. Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime
VI. Vif
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Epilogue: Lent
No. 1. Prelude
No. 2. Slow dance
No. 3. Quick dance
No. 4. Slow air
No. 5. Rondo
No. 6. Pezzo ostinato
No. 1. O I hae seen the roses blaw
No. 2. The Shoemaker
I. Moderato tempo - Idyllic and Serene
II. Allegro vivace - poco piu lento
III. Moderato tempo - Smooth and Serene
I. Slow and gloomy
II. The Grey Dancer in the Twilight
III. Very broad and concentrated, but extremely expressive
IV. Allegro feroce
I. With enery and precision
II. Deliberately -
III. half note = ca. 144
Allegro - Allegretto
Allegro
Lento non troppo
Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:8 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:8 - 2. Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:8 - 3. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:8 - 4. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:7 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:7 - 2. Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:7 - 3. Finale - Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F, Hob.XVI:9 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F, Hob.XVI:9 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F, Hob.XVI:9 - 3. Scherzo: Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:G1 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:G1 - 2. Menuetto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:G1 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:11 - 1. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:11 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:11 - 3. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:10 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:10 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:10 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob.XVI:5 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob.XVI:5 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob.XVI:5 - 3. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, XVI:4 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, XVI:4 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:1 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:1 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:1 - 3. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat, Hob.XVI:2 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat, Hob.XVI:2 - 2. Largo
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat, Hob.XVI:2 - 3. Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, H.XVI:12 - 1. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, H.XVI:12 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, H.XVI:12 - 3. Finale: Allegro molto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:6 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:6 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:6 - 3. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G major, H.XVI:6 - 4. Finale
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:3 - 1. Allegretto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:3 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:3 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:13 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:13 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:13 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI:14 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI:14 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI:14 - 3. Finale: Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Parthia) in E flat, WU 17 (c.1755, doubtful attribution) - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Parthia) in E flat, WU 17 (c.1755, doubtful attribution) - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Parthia) in E flat, WU 17 (c.1755, doubtful attribution) - 3. Menuetto & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Parthia) in E flat, WU 18 (c.1764, doubtful attribution) - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Parthia) in E flat, WU 18 (c.1764, doubtful attribution) - 2. Menuetto & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Divertimento) in E minor/major, WU19 - 1. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Divertimento) in E minor/major, WU19 - 2. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata (Divertimento) in E minor/major, WU19 - 3. Finale: Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, H.XVI:18 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, H.XVI:18 - 2. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:16 (unknown, formerly attrib. Haydn) - 1. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:16 (unknown, formerly attrib. Haydn) - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:16 (unknown, formerly attrib. Haydn) - 3. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:45 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:45 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:45 - 3. Finale: Allegro di molto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat, Hob. XVI:46 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat, Hob. XVI:46 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat, Hob. XVI:46 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G minor, H.XVI No.44 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G minor, H.XVI No.44 - 2. Allegretto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C minor, H.XVI:20 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C minor, H.XVI:20 - 2. Andante con moto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C minor, H.XVI:20 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, H.XVI:33 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D major, H.XVI:33 - 2. Adagio: Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat major, H.XVI:43 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat major, H.XVI:43 - 2. Menuetto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat major, H.XVI:43 - 3. Rondo: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:21 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:21 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, H.XVI:21 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:22 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:22 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:22 - 3. Finale: Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.24 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.24 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.24 - 3. Finale(Presto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI:25 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI:25 - 2. Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob XVI:26 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob XVI:26 - 2. Menuet al rovescio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, Hob XVI:26 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, Hob XVI:17 (J.G Schwanenberg (attrib. - formerly attrib. Haydn) - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, Hob XVI:17 (J.G Schwanenberg (attrib. - formerly attrib. Haydn) - 2. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, Hob XVI:17 (J.G Schwanenberg (attrib. - formerly attrib. Haydn) - 3. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.27 - 1. Allegro con brio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.27 - 2. Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.27 - 3. FInale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:28 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:28 - 2. Menuet & Trio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, H.XVI:28 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, H.XVI:29 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, H.XVI:29 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, H.XVI:29 - 3. Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, H.XVI:30 - 1. Allegro - Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in A major, H.XVI:30 - 2. Tempo di Menuet
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:31 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:31 - 2. Allegretto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E major, H.XVI:31 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B minor, H.XVI No.32 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B minor, H.XVI No.32 - 2. Menuet (Tempo di menuet)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B minor, H.XVI No.32 - 3. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.35 - 1. Allegro con brio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.35 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.35 - 3. Finale (Allegro)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, H.XVI No.36 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, H.XVI No.36 - 2. Scherzando (Allegro con brio)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, H.XVI No.36 - 3. Menuetto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.37 - 2. Largo e sostenuto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.37 - 3. Finale (Presto, ma non troppo)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.38 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.38 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.38 - 3. Finale (Allegro)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.39 - 1. Allegro con brio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.39 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.39 - 3. Prestissimo
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E minor, H.XVI No.34 - 1. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E minor, H.XVI No.34 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E minor, H.XVI No.34 - 3. Vivace molto, innocentemente
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.40 - 1. Allegretto e innocente
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, H.XVI No.40 - 2. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, H.XVI:41 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B flat major, H.XVI:41 - 2. Allegro di molto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.42 - 1. Andante con espressione
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.42 - 2. Vivace assai
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:47 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:47 - 2. Larghetto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:47 - 3. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.48 - 1. Andante con espressione
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.48 - 2. Rondo (Presto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.49 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.49 - 2. Adagio e cantabile
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.49 - 3. Finale (Tempo di minuetto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50 - 3. Allegro molto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.51 - 1. Andante
Haydn: Piano Sonata in D, H.XVI No.51 - 2. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 3. Finale (Presto)


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