dodd

Peter Dodd (b.1930) is an English composer and arranger of a more recent generation.  Born in 1930, he has spent much of his working life in a variety of posts in the music department of the BBC.  Dodd’s Irish Idyll, his beautiful setting of the traditional Irish folk tune, The Lark in the Clear Air, was published in 1971 and catches perfectly its subject in deceptively simple terms without ever lapsing into the routine or predictable.  This short work was recorded by Naxos on their English String Miniatures, Vol. 1, with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones.  The album also includes works by C. A. Gibbs, Roy Douglas, Philip Lane, David Lyon, George Melachrino, C. W. Orr, and John Rutter.  Dodd’s other compositions include Two Rhythmic Interludes for Bassoon and piano, also published in 1971.

The following work by Peter Dodd is contained in my collection:

Irish Idyll (based on the traditional Irish folktune The Lark in the Clear Air, 1971).

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