Sir Alexander Gibson

Biography

Born: February 11, 1926; Motherwell   
Sir Alexander Drummond Gibson was a leading British conductor, known especially for late Romantic-era and British music performances.

He studied piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, continuing his musical studies at Glasgow University. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London in 1948, as a piano student.

While there, he formed and conducted a student orchestra. This convinced the administration to
Read more allow him to enter the conducting course. At the Mozarteum in Salzburg he studied with Igor Markevitch, and then in Siena with Paul van Kampen.

He was a rehearsal coach at Sadler's Wells Opera in London beginning in 1951. His professional conducting debut was the next year, in Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. In the same year he took the position as associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in Glasgow. After 1954 he returned to a staff conducting position at Sadler's Wells.

In 1957 he made his debut conducting at Covent Garden. In 1959 he returned to Scotland as principal conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra. He founded the Scottish Opera, also in Glasgow, and was appointed its music director. He remained in that position until 1987 and with the orchestra until 1984. With the opera, he conducted the first totally uncut performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens. During that period he was especially well-known for his performances of Sibelius and of British composers, but he also was interested in the most advanced music, premiering Stockhausen's Gruppen in Glasgow in 1961.

From 1981 to 1983 Gibson was the principal guest conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Read less

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Biography

Born: February 11, 1926; Motherwell   
Sir Alexander Drummond Gibson was a leading British conductor, known especially for late Romantic-era and British music performances.

He studied piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, continuing his musical studies at Glasgow University. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London in 1948, as a piano student.

While there, he formed and conducted a student orchestra. This convinced the administration to
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Sinfonia
II. Serenata
III. Scherzino: Allegro - Andantino
IV. Tarantella
V. Toccata
VI. Gavotta con due variazioni
VII. Vivo
VIII. Minuetto - Finale
No. 1. Marche - Introduction
No. 2. Pas d'Action
No. 3. Theme varie
No. 4. Pas de deux
No. 5. Marche - Conclusion
Part I: Jesu Maria - O Lord into Thy hands
Part I: Proficiscere, anima Christiana - through the same, through Christ our Lord
Part II: I went to sleep - and Heaven begun
Part II: But hark, upon my sense comes a fierce hubbub - In all His ways!
Part II: Thy judgement now is near - Amen
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
Oboe Concerto in A minor: I. Rondo pastorale (Allegro moderato)
Oboe Concerto in A minor: II. Minuet and Musette (Allegro moderato)
Oboe Concerto in A minor: III. Finale: Scherzo (Presto - Lento - Presto)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: IV. Finale (Allegro molto) con
Symphony No. 4 in F minor: epilogo fugato (Con anima)
Symphony No. 5 in D: I. Preludio (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I)
Symphony No. 5 in D: II. Scherzo (Presto misterioso)
Symphony No. 5 in D: III. Romanza (Lento)
Symphony No. 5 in D: IV. Passacaglia (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo primo - Tempo del Preludio)
Symphony No. 6 in E minor: I. Allegro -
Symphony No. 6 in E minor: II. Moderato -
Symphony No. 6 in E minor: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) -
Symphony No. 6 in E minor: IV. Epilogue (Moderato)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Tempo di menuetto: Vivace
I. Overture: Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio e staccato
III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro
V. Passepied
VI. Air
VII. Menuet
VIII. Bourree
IX. Hornpipe
X. Allegro
I. Overture
II. Alla Hornpipe
III. Sarabande
IV. Rigaudon
V. Lentement
I. Bourree
II. Menuet
III. Andante
IV. Gigue I- Gigue II - Gigue I
Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette (Marche funèbre d'une marionette)
Gounod: Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV Theme
I. Allegro assai
II. Presto con malizia
III. Andante con malincolia
IV. Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentamente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso
I. Moderato
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Lento - Allegro molto
Thus Spake Isaiah -
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem -
Babylon was a great city -
Praise ye -
Thus in Babylon -
And in that same hour -
Then sing aloud to God -
The trumpeters and pipers are silent -
Then sing aloud to God
I. Moderato alla breve
II. Larghetto concertante -
III. Allegretto
IV. Adagio - Tempo giusto, alla breve
I. Eulogy
II. Eclogue
III. Epitaph
Scene 3: Pas de deux: Scene -
Scene 4: Epilogue: Land of Eternal Dwelling
Theme: Andante
Variation 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife) -
Variation 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell) -
Variation 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) -
Variation 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker) -
Variation 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) -
Variation 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) -
Variation 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith)
Variation 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury) -
Variation 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) -
Variation 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) -
Variation 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
Variation 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) -
Variation 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) -
Variation 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)
No. 1 in D major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 3 in C minor
No. 4 in G major
No. 5 in C major
I. Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island
II. The Swan of Tuonela
III. Lemminkainen in Tuonela
IV. Lemminkainen's Return
I. All'Overtura
II. Scena
III. Festivo
I. The Chase
II. The Love Song
III. At the Drawbridge
I. Rakastava
II. The Way of the Lover
III. Finale: Good Night, My Beloved ... Farewell!
I. Introduction: Crown the King (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
IIa. The Queen (Chorus)
IIb. Daughter of Ancient Kings (Chorus)
III. Britain, ask of thyself (Bass, Chorus)
IVa. Hark, upon the hallowed air (Soprano, Tenor) - IVb. Only let the heart be pure (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass)
V. Peace, gentle peace (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
VI. Finale: Land of Hope and Glory (Contralto, Chorus)
No. 1. The Fourth of August
No. 2. To Women
No. 3. For the Fallen
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro giusto -
I. Adagio non troppo -
II. Allegro -
II. Presto -
II. Andante un poco tranquillo -
II. Allegro
I. Overture
II. Tarantella
III. Mazurka
IV. Danse cosaque (Cossack Dance)
V. Can-Can
VI. Valse lente
VII. Nocturne
VIII. Galop
I. Allegro vivace e nobilemente
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Presto
IV. Moderato e maestoso
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 2. Andante
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.6 in D, K.271a - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 2. Andantino grazioso
Mozart: Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K.190 - 3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)


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