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Eleven symphonies and fifteen string quartets form the impressive backbone of Dr Simpson's compositions. From the 1950s date his first two symphonies (1951, 1956) and the first three quartets (1951/2, 1953, 1953/4). In the sixties came the Third Symphony (1962) and in the seventies the Fourth to Seventh Symphonies (1971/2, 1976, 1977) and the Fourth to Eighth Quartets (1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, and 1979). To the eighties belong the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Symphonies (1981, 1986, 1988) and the Ninth to Thirteenth Quartets (1982, 1984, 1984, 1987, 1989). In the nineties came the Eleventh Symphony (1990) and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Quartets (1990, 1991). At the root of much of his music is the dramatic tension wrought from the opposition of conflicting tonalities, and the music's dynamic proceeds through tight thematic and tonal structures. Among his other compositions are concertos for piano (1967), flute (1989) and cello (1991), two string quintets (1987, 1995) and several works for brass band, including Energy (1971), The Four Temperaments (1983) and Vortex (1989).
Hyperion has recorded the first ten of Simpson's symphonies and, under the auspices of The Robert Simpson Society, all of the string quartets, both string quintets, the complete piano music and numerous other chamber works.