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John Blackwood McEwen
Opera and lyrical music
Sheet music for John Blackwood McEwen
By Chilingirian Quartet; Chilingirian; Sewart; Valdimars. By John Blackwood McEwen. Listening CD. Published by Chandos (NX.CHAN-9926).
By Chilingirian Quartet. By John Blackwood McEwen. Listening CD. Published by Chandos (NX.CHAN-10084).
By Welsh; London PO; Mitchell. By John Blackwood McEwen. Listening CD. Published by Chandos (NX.CHAN-9345).
By Chiligirian Quartet. By John Blackwood McEwen. Listening CD. Published by Chandos (NX.CHAN-10182).
Though it is correct to say that MacEwen’s music is somewhat
‘post-Wagnerian’,he drew much inspiration from Scottish folk-music traditions
and also contemporary French music, especially Debussy and Fauré. He wrote a
large amount of chamber music, including 16 string quartets and six violin
sonatas. His orchestral compositions include the ‘Solway Symphony’ and three
Border Ballads, Hills o’ Heather for cello and orchestra and ‘Where the wild
Thyme grows’ for small orchestra; also the ambitious choral-orchestr
al setting of Milton’s Hymn on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.
MacEwen studied at Glasgow University and, from 1893-5, at the Royal Academy of
Music in London. From 1895-8 he was a choirmaster at Greenock in Scotland and
professor of piano at the Glasgow Athenaeum school of music, then in 1898
returned to the R.A.M. as professor of harmony and counterpoint. From 1924 to
1936 he was Principal of the R.A.M. in succession to Mackenzie and was knighted