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Lucy Thraves

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Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

1:04, 9th July 2018

The British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died aged 66 following a short illness.

His publisher, Faber Music, have paid tribute to his work of ‘crystalline concision, complexity and richness’ and his ‘great generosity and curiosity as a musician’.

Knussen wrote his First Symphony at the age of 15 and conducted its premiere with the London Symphony Orchestra. In the 1980s he collaborated with Maurice Sendak on an operatic adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, which has since been performed extensively in Europe and the USA.

He has been music director of the London Sinfonietta, head of contemporary music at the Tanglewood Music Centre, and artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival. He was appointed a CBE in 1994.

Earlier this week he was awarded an honorary doctor of music by the Royal Academy of Music.

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