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Joseph Horovitz (born 26 May 1926 in Vienna, Austria) is a British composer and conductor.

Horovitz’s family emigrated to England in 1938. He studied music and modern languages at New College, Oxford, and later attended the Royal College of Music in London, studying composition with Gordon Jacob. He then undertook a year of further study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His musical career began in 1950, when he became music director at the Bristol Old Vic. He was subsequently active as a conductor of ballet and opera, and toured Europe and the United States. His music for television won him international acclaim: programmes featuring his work include Lillie, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Search for the Nile, The Flight Against Slavery, Wessex Tales and Partners in Crime.

Horovitz has been Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music since 1961, and a Council Member of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain since 1970. Between 1969 and 1996 he belonged to the board of the Performing Rights Society.

From 1962, Horovitz concentrated increasingly on composition. His works include 16 ballets, including Alice in Wonderland (1953), 2 one-act operas (The Dumb Wife, libretto Peter Shaffer; Gentlemen’s Island, libretto Gordon Snell), and concertos for violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, euphonium, tuba and percussion, as well as a popular and often performed jazz concerto for harpsichord. A large number of his works have been written for wind orchestra and brass band.

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