Stillness, simplicity, an occasional playfulness and a tendency to set unusual and quixotic texts can be found in the music of Cardiff-born Peter Reynolds. Like the music of Morton Feldman, with whom he studied briefly, his music avoids large-scale rhetorical forms and is often fashioned on a small-scale and revised over many years before reaching its final shape. He studied in Cardiff where he now lives and works. He teaches composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and is currently Composerin- Residence with Young Composer of Dyfed.
Simon Rees studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and taught English in Italy and at Kyoto University. He has published three novels, The Devil’s Looking-Glass (Methuen, 1985), Making a Snowman (1990), and Nathaniel and Mrs Palmer (1991, both Penguin), as well as poems (most recently in Poetry Wales), and librettos (Hadrian at Antinoopolis in The Poet’s Voice). He has been Welsh National Opera’s dramaturge since 1989 and lives in Cardiff.
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