Kenneth Leighton was a British composer and pianist. He had several academic appointments in the Universities of Leeds, Oxford, and Edinburgh. He was one of the best-known composers in the United Kingdom after the war; more than 100 works were written, most of them commissioned, and his music is often shown and transmitted in Britain and other countries. He generally framed his structures with learned forms, like sonatas, fugues, or concertantes but he preferred to 'write for the actors, not against them' and his scores were refined and technically well made for their instruments. As part of Australia's permanent musical repertoire, many of his most important compositions have been preserved, including flute- and bass-tuba concertos and a trombone concertino. Lovelock produced nearly thirty music textbooks, including Common Sense in Music Teaching (1965), Elementary Accompaniment Writing (1971), General Knowledge for Music Students (1967), and Exercises in Formal Analysis (1973).
He composed a wide range of music (over 100 works, 96 with opus numbers) for many different configurations of instruments, often for commissions, specific occasions, and performers. His output includes church music, chamber, organ, and solo piano music, as well as large-scale orchestral works and an opera (Op. 77, 1978) based on the life of Columba (libretto by the poet Edwin Morgan).
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