Burgon, Geoffrey (1941-2010)
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Geoffrey Burgon

born: 15 July 1941
died: 21 September 2010
country: United Kingdom

Geoffrey Burgon was born in 1941 in Hampshire, England. He was a late musical developer and it was not until he was fifteen that he took up the trumpet so that he could play jazz. He entered the Guildhall School of Music still intent on becoming a jazz trumpeter, but composition gradually took over as his major interest and when he left he supported himself and his family as a freelance trumpeter for several years. Then, at the age of thirty, he sold his trumpets and plunged into composition full time. Several impecunious years inevitably followed but gradually he began to make his name as a composer. He wrote several very successful ballet scores during this period, notably for Ballet Rambert and London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and then, in 1976, his Requiem was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival, and this work established him as a serious composer. Shortly afterwards he wrote the first of many successful scores for television.

Albums

Burgon: Cathedral Music
CDA66123Archive Service
Burgon: Choral Music
CDH55421Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Dreamland
HYP41Super-budget price sampler
Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Remembrance
CDA67398

Complete works available for download

A Prayer to the TrinityChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor)
At the round earth's imagined cornersCatherine Hart (soprano), Alan Thomas (trumpet), David Bednall (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)
At the round earth's imagined cornersGuy Willatt (treble), Michael Laird (trumpet), Jeremy Suter (organ)
But have been found againMichael Walsh (countertenor), Guy Willatt (treble), Chichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor)
Come let us pity not the deadWells Cathedral Choir, Alan Thomas (trumpet), David Bednall (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)
Death be not proudCatherine Hart (soprano), Léonie Maxwell (soprano), Wells Cathedral Choir, Alan Thomas (trumpet), David Bednall (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)
Laudate DominumChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor), Jeremy Suter (organ)
MagnificatWells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor), David Bednall (organ)
MagnificatChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor), Jeremy Suter (organ)
Nunc dimittis, 1979 versionSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John McDomnic (trumpet), John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
Nunc dimittis, 1979 versionWells Cathedral Choir, Alan Thomas (trumpet), Matthew Owens (conductor), David Bednall (organ)
Nunc dimittis, 1979 versionChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor), Jeremy Suter (organ)
Nunc dimittis, 1979 versionThe Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Rebecca Crawshaw (trumpet), Mark Williams (conductor), Robert Dixon (organ)
Nunc dimittis, 1997 versionCatherine Hart (soprano), Frances Henderson (soprano), Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
Of flowers and emeralds sheenCatherine Hart (soprano), Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
Short MassChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor)
Short MassWells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
Te DeumCatherine Hart (soprano), Wells Cathedral Choir, David Bednall (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)
The First WorldWells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
The song of the creaturesCatherine Hart (soprano), Simon Clulow (countertenor), Richard Rowntree (tenor), Wells Cathedral Choir, David Bednall (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)
This world fromChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor)
Two Hymns to MaryChichester Cathedral Choir, Alan Thurlow (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Prayer to the Trinity (Burgon)
Almighty God, Father of Heaven  
Apple Blossom  
As the angels stood  
At the round earth's imagined corners (Burgon)
Blessed be that Lady bright  
But have been found again (Burgon)
Christ's Love (Burgon)
Come let us pity not the dead (Burgon)
Come my swete, come my flower  
Death be not proud (Burgon)
Hail Queen of Heaven  
Here begin the Lauds of the creatures  
Laudate Dominum (Burgon)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  
Magnificat (Burgon)
My Love's the mountain range  
My soul doth magnify the Lord  
Nunc dimittis, 1979 version (Burgon)
Nunc dimittis, 1997 version (Burgon)
O dreadful death, come, make an end!  
Of flowers and emeralds sheen (Burgon)
Short Mass (Burgon)
Te Deum (Burgon)
The Assumption  
The Corpus Christi Carol  
The faucon hath born my mak away  
The first blossom was the best blossom  
The First World (Burgon)
The song of the creatures (Burgon)
This world from (Burgon)
Two Hymns to Mary (Burgon)