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Humphrey Searle

(1915-1982), Composer and writer on music

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Composer and writer on music, Searle studied at the Royal College of Music and the Vienna Conservatorium. A prolific writer and composer, his work was influenced by Liszt and Schoenberg and includes the operas Diary of a Madman (1958) and Hamlet (1968), and the orchestral work Labyrinth (1971). In 1950 he was a founder of the Liszt Society, with Constant Lambert, William Walton and the Sitwells. Searle wrote the seminal work on the composer Liszt, and other works include Twentieth Century Composers: Britain, Scandinavia and the Netherlands (1972). He was musical adviser to Sadler's Wells Ballet from 1951 to 1957 and Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music from 1965.

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Humphrey Searle, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 6599

Humphrey Searle

by Michael Ayrton
pencil, 1965
NPG 6599

Humphrey Searle, by Clive Barda - NPG x45146

Humphrey Searle

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, March 1973
NPG x45146

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