Bush, Geoffrey

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Geoffrey Bush (1920-1998) was born in London and entered musical life early as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. He was educated at Lancing College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he succeeded George Malcolm as Nettleship Scholar and was also Masefield Memorial Student in Music. As well as being awarded BMus (1940) and DMus (1946), he also received an MA in classics in 1947. During the war he was Assistant Warden at the Hostel of the Good Shepherd in Tredegar, Monmouthshire between 1941-1945. After the war he was based in the Extra-Mural Departments of Oxford and London Universities. He wrote extensively on English music, and also had a strong interest in editing and arranging, especially of neglected English composers.

In composing, Bush had no formal training, but received much help and inspiration from John Ireland. He did much composition specifically for the amateur musical community, and concentrated to a large extent on music for voices, producing solo songs as well as choral works. However, he also wrote two symphonies (1954 and 1957) and works for chamber groups and other ensembles, including pieces for oboe, clarinet, cello and piano. His best known works are the Concerto for Light Orchestra (1958), and the choral works A Christmas Cantata (1947), and In Praise of Mary (1955). He was Chairman of the Composers' Guild in 1957.

From the guide to the Papers and musical scores of Geoffrey Bush, 1939-1993, (University of Exeter)

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referencedIn American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). Prompt books and related materials, 1961-2006. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf GALLIARD COLLECTION. Vol. XLV. Gaston Borch, Rutland Boughton, York Bowen, Sir Ernest Bullock, Benjamin Burrows, Geoffrey Bush: orchestral and instrumental works; [1900]-1947. ff. 69. 370 x 270mm; 265 x 355mm. 1. ff. 1-19v. Borch: 'Suite Norvégienne'..., 1900-1947 British Library
creatorOf Papers and musical scores of Geoffrey Bush, 1939-1993 University of Exeter
creatorOf ROYAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION PAPERS. Vol. xxxiii (ff. 303). Blume – Byard.includes:ff. 1-21 Dr Friedrich Blume, musicologist: Letters to Royal Musical Association: 1955-1959: Partly Germ: Partly signed.f. 22 F Bolton & Co. Ltd; London: Letter to Roy... British Library
referencedIn David Gascoyne papers, 1822-2010, n.d. British Library: Western Manuscripts
creatorOf MS Mus. 83. CHAGRIN COLLECTION. Vol. lxxxii. Correspondence; 1943-8, 1950, 1952, 1954-5, 1957-64, 1966-9, 1971-2.ff. 178.includes:f. 1 Philip Cardew, clarinettist, band leader and arranger: Letters to F. Chagrin: 1943-6: Partly autogr.; partly typewr..., 1943-1972 British Library
referencedIn Correspondence files: concerts and general; 1950 (ff. 153).includes:f. 1 Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet; conductor: Ernest John Moeran, composer: Alan J. Kirby, OBE; conductor; Secretary, Royal Philharmonic Society: Letter to Alan J. Kirby from Er..., 1950 British Library
creatorOf Lamar, Leah. [Central State University Department of Music presents Leah Lamar, soprano, Bruce Frazier, accompanist, in recital] [sound recording] : [Sunday, January 23, 1977, 3:00 p.m., Music Building, Recital Hall]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf STANLEY BATE: unpublished musical compositions; 1945, 1949, n.d. Partly autograph. Given by the composer to Ivy Froome. Presented by Dr and Mrs Geoffrey Bush in memory of Ivy Froome, 5 July 1978. Paper; ff. 57. 345 x 275mm. 1. ff. 1-12v. Four songs f..., 1945-1949 British Library
creatorOf Correspondence concerning RPS composition prizes; 1948-49 (ff. 276).includes:f. 1 Alan J. Kirby, OBE; conductor; Secretary, Royal Philharmonic Society: Letter to the Principal of Trinity College of Music from Alan J. Kirby: 1948: Copy.f. 2 Gerald..., 1948-1949 British Library
creatorOf MS Mus. 1529. Michael Hurd Papers: Letters from correspondents Bantock-Craig; 1948-1980, n.d.ff. 183. 298 x 212mm.includes:f. 1 Michael Hurd, composer and author: Lady Helen Bantock, née von Schweitzer; poet and artist; wife of the composer G Ban..., 1948-1980 British Library
creatorOf MS Mus. 1610. Rosenthal Correspondence. Vol. ii (ff. 214). Bos -Coo.includes:f. 1 Harold David Rosenthal, writer on music: Luisa Bosalbian, singer: Letter to Harold David Rosenthal from Luisa Bosalbian: 1980: Typewritten, signed.f. 2 Harold Dav... British Library
referencedIn Papers and musical scores of Geoffrey Bush, 1939-1993 University of Exeter
creatorOf Bush, Geoffrey. Cuisine provenc̜ale : a fragment from "To the lighthouse" for medium voice and piano / Geoffrey Bush. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Correspondence concerning RPS composition prizes; 1950-59 (ff. 95). With press cuttings (ff. 83-95).includes:f.11 Malcolm MacDonald, composer and writer on music: Julius Allen Greenway Harrison, composer: Stephen Dodgson, composer: Sir Thomas Henry..., 1950-1959 British Library
creatorOf Vol. IV (ff. 215). A-F.includes:ff. 2-15 John Mervin Addison, composer: Correspondence with E. Chapman of John Mervin Addison: 1950-1959: Partly typewritten copies and signed.ff. 16, 17 Richard Anthony Sayer Arnell, composer: Letters to E. Chapma... British Library
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associatedWith American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). corporateBody
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associatedWith Gascoyne, David Emery, 1916-2001 person
associatedWith Lamar, Leah. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
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Music--England--20th century
Composers 20th century
Composers England
Songs (medium voice) with piano


Birth 1920-03-23

Death 1998-02-24



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