Howard Skempton

Born in Chester in 1947, Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. From 1967 he studied with Cornelius Cardew with whom he was later to become one of the founding members of the influential Scratch Orchestra. Skempton’s earliest music is associated with the English experimental tradition that, in the late 1960s, grew out of the ideas and music of Satie, Cage, and Feldman. The influence of Webern is also discernible in the extreme brevity and concision of Skempton’s music – a trait still in evidence in many of his works today.

Biography

Born in Chester in 1947, Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. From 1967 he studied with Cornelius Cardew with whom he was later to become one of the founding members of the influential Scratch Orchestra. Skempton’s earliest music is associated with the English experimental tradition that, in the late 1960s, grew out of the ideas and music of Satie, Cage, and Feldman. The influence of Webern is also discernible in the extreme brevity and concision of Skempton’s music – a trait still in evidence in many of his works today.

Recordings by this composer

Recordings
Lento

Lento

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Ben Somewhen

Ben Somewhen

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Five Rings Triples [Live]

Five Rings Triples [Live]

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Compilations with this composer

Compilations
Michael Finnissy plays Weir, Skempton, Newman cover

Michael Finnissy plays Weir, Skempton, Newman

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Andrew Sparling - New works for clarinet cover

Andrew Sparling - New works for clarinet

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A White Room

A White Room

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Ancora!

Ancora! Skempton - Muldowney - Guy

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Mary Wiegold's Songbook

Mary Wiegold's Songbook

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The NMC Songbook

The NMC Songbook

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Drempel - Noszferatu cover

Drempel - Noszferatu

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Spectrum CD Cover

Spectrum

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New Stock cover

New Stock

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New Music Collection - Choral cover

New Music Collections - Choral

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