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Philip Thicknes

Location: England, United Kingdom
I compose mainly choral music for mixed voices, plus some solo settings of poems (e.g. by Philip Larkin) and some instrumental pieces, e.g. for wind quintet.   My music is generally not too difficult to perform (though some pieces are a little challenging) and aims to be accessible to the listener.   My guiding principle is to write (or arrange) a good melody and let it be heard through the harmony.   An early influence on my style has been Gregorian chant:  more recent ones renaissance and mediaeval choral music.
I especially love Shakespeare.   I have written several choral settings of Shakespeare's well known texts including The barge she sat in froAnthony and Cleopatra.   My largest work is an opera Romeo and Juliet, using the original text (50% reduced) for 13 solo voices and chamber orchestra, in a style approaching that of the late renaissance.  
I love the melodies to be found in old Christmas carols, and have written a number of choral arrangements of these (mainly English and French), which have proved popular with Directors.   There is another source of good melodies for choral arrangements in Traditional/Folk music:  here I have used English, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Scottish, French and Breton sources. 
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