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Gordon Jacob (1895–1984)

Gordon JacobGordon Percival Septimus Jacob was born in Norwood, near London in 1895. Educated at Dulwich College and the Royal College of Music he studied composition with Stanford, theory with Howells and conducting under Adrian Boult. In 1926 he joined the staff of the RCM, where he was professor of composition, orchestration and theory until his retirement in 1966.

All of Gordon Jacob’s compositions reveal a highly skilled craftsman at work. He wrote for most genres, but primarily orchestral, choral and chamber works. He was an authority on the subject of orchestral writing and his book Orchestral Technique (1931) is considered a standard textbook.

The accessibility of his music and his tremendous skill as an orchestrator and idiomatic instrumental writer, mean his music will be enjoyed by audiences and performers alike for many years to come.

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