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Joseph Holbrooke


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Joseph Charles Holbrooke (1878–1958) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He later changed his name to Josef.

Born in Croydon on 5th July 1878, his musical output includes eight symphonies, many tone poems, two piano concertos, chamber music including string quartets, a piano quintet, a quintet for clarinet and strings and a piano quartet, and much music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, including choral and orchestral settings for “The Raven” and “The Bells”, and a ballet score for “The Masque of the Red Death”. He also wrote a three-part operatic trilogy based on the Welsh epic The Mabinogion.

Holbrooke died in London on 5th August 1958. His son was Gwydion Brooke, the prominent British bassoonist.

The free-jazz Joseph Holbrooke Trio was named in honour of the composer.

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  • relax2music

    Holbrooke - piano quartet No.1 --

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Not sure what to make of this guy, as so little has been recorded. Frankly, his piano concerto on Hyperion is a bit of a monstrosity. Very enjoyable, but sort of naff (but hey, naff can be good). But then his clarinet quintet "Eilean Shona" is quite appealing.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply

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