Dedman, Malcolm (b. November 3, 1948, London). British composer, now resident in South Africa, of mostly chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in the UK.
Mr. Dedman initially studied applied physics at Brunel University in London from 1967–71, where he earned his BTech with honors, and then studied composition with Patric Standford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1973–74. He later attended masterclasses in composition with Nancy Lee Harper and Lasse Thoresen at the Bahá'í Academy for the Arts in Somerset in 2002–03 and studied composition with Francis Pott, Paul Robinson and Lawrence Roman at Thames Valley University in London in 2004–05, where he earned his MMus.
Among his honors are First Prize in the Brent Music and Dance Festival (1969, for Sonata Movement for Piano [withdrawn]), Second Prize in the competition of the Stroud Festival in the UK (1974, for To Lesbia [withdrawn]), Second Prize at the Rencontres Internationales de Chant Choral in France (1985, for Come Unto Me... [revised version]), and First Prize in the competition of Thames Valley University (2005, for Scherzo). He has also received commissions from the Birmingham Festival Choral Society (1975) and the Henbury Singers (2001).
Mr. Dedman is also active in other positions. As a singer, he was a tenor in the BBC Symphony Chorus from 1975–82 and appeared as a guest tenor with the Taverner Choir in 1979.
He taught composition, keyboard, music theory, piano, and singing both privately and at the Castle School in Thornbury and St. Thomas More Roman Catholic School in Bristol from 1991–2002 and taught the same subjects privately in Slough, Berkshire from 2005–07. He has taught piano and violin privately in Middelburg, South Africa since 2008.
He has lived in South Africa since 2007.
Obelisk Music publishes some of his earlier music, but now his works are self-published by Misty Mountain Music.
E-mail address: email@example.com
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Concerto, oboe, 13 strings, 1979–80; Memories of Simona, 2003–04; Messengers of Light (text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), obbligato alto/countertenor, large orchestra, 2005; Hidden Duos, small orchestra (4 winds, 3 brass, piano, percussion, strings), 2007; Six Fragments of Time, 2009; Danses Concertantes, 17 or more strings, 2010
CHAMBER MUSIC: String Quartet, 1977–79; Mosaics, guitar, 1980, revised 2010; Sonatina, viola, 1981, revised 2009; Cantus/Conductus, flute (+ alto flute), violin, cello, vibraphone, 1983; Variants, flute, 1984, revised 2010; Sonata, oboe, piano, 1990–91, revised 2008; Prelude to Unity, electronic keyboard/piano, percussion, string quartet, 1997, revised 2004; Postscript, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1998–99, revised 2007; Waves of One Sea, 4 percussion, 1999, revised 2004; Ceremonial Fanfare, 4 B-flat trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2004; Fanfare Academica, 4 French horns, 4 B-flat trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2004; Scherzo, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2004; Theme and Variations, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2004, revised 2008; Harmony in Diversity, viola, cello, 2005, revised 2008; Solstice, clarinet, violin, piano, 2006; Transforming Stress, cello, piano, 2008; Unchartered Territories, harp, violin, 2008; Two Tangos, clarinet, accordion, string quartet, 2009; Elegy for the Casualties of War, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2009; Four Miniatures in the Manner of Anton Webern, clarinet, violin, piano, 2010; Eternal Harmonies, violin, ensemble (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, tuba, piano, accordion, percussion), 2010; Piano Trio – Trilogy of Universal Gifts, violin, cello, piano, 2010; Light of Unity, 2 celli, piano, 2010
CHORAL: Come Unto Me... (anthem, text from the Book of Matthew), 8 mixed voices, 1967, revised 1984; The Word was Made Flesh (Christmas cantata, text from the Jerusalem Bible), male speaker, mixed chorus, flute (+ alto recorder), organ, percussion, 1975, revised 2010; Divine Word (cantata, texts by the composer, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), baritone, 8 mixed voices, 13 or more strings, 1998, revised 2009; What is Earth? (texts by the composer, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), 8 mixed voices, 2001; Remember (text by Christina Rossetti), mixed chorus, 2004; We Will All Sing Hallelujahs! (text by Keith Bayliss), soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, small orchestra (piano, 2 percussion, 21 or more strings), 2009
VOCAL: Images of Love (song-cycle, texts by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Blake, Janet Dedman, San Juan de la Cruz [English translation]), soprano/tenor, piano, 1982–83; O Son of the Supreme! (song, text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), soprano/tenor, piano, 1986; O Ye Dwellers in the Highest Paradise! (song, text by Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 1989, revised 2008; Awakening (song, texts by Norman Burroughs, Bahá'u'lláh [English translation]), mezzo-soprano/baritone, piano, 1992–93, revised 2007
PIANO: Variations on an Original Theme, 1973–79, revised 2008; Sonata No. 2, 'In Search', 1984, revised 2008; Toccata in the Manner of J.S. Bach in the 21st Century, 1986, revised 2000; Two Reflections, 1987; Corrievrechan – Whirlpool between Jura and Scarba, 2 pianos, 2004; Three Human Attributes, piano 4 hands, 2008; Four Kinds of Love, 2008; Reformation, 2009
ORGAN: Homage to GFH, 2007
Tranquillity Zone. Malcolm Dedman, electronic keyboard (Misty Mountain Music: MMM102, 2008)
Piano Showcase (Four Kinds of Love; Toccata in the Manner of J.S. Bach in the 21st Century; Two Reflections; Variations on an Original Theme; Sonata No. 2, 'In Search'; Corrievrechan; Three Human Attributes). Malcolm Dedman, electronic keyboard (Misty Mountain Music: MMM103, 2008)
(Last updated on November 30, 2010)