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Michal Spisak (1914- 1965) Spisak was a Polish composer and violinist. He spent the first part of his life in Poland until 1937, when he traveled to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. He lived in Paris until his death, but maintained constant contact with his native country. He is known as the most outstanding Polish composer of his generation. Duetto Concertante was written in 1949. The piece is rich and varied, showing an assurance of technique which is particularly apparent in his craftsmanlike writing for instruments. His writing style is transparent and colourful, dominated by pre-classical counterpoint, motor movement, and a simple handling of form. Jean Baptiste Edouard Dupuy (1770- 1822) Dupuy was an accomplished violinist, singer and composer. He studied piano and violin in Paris in 1783. By 1785, he was leader at the private theatre of Prince Henry of Prussia. A scandal led to his dismissal a few years later and he became a touring violinist. By 1793 he was in Stockholm, where he joined the court orchestra and was an active singer and composer. By 1799 he was expelled from Sweden for political reasons. He then moved to Copenhagen where, in 1807, he sang the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. This work for bassoon and string quartet was probably written while he worked as court composer in Stockholm. Hans Gal (1890- 1987) An Austrian musicologist and composer, Gal spent the first part of his life near Vienna, studying at the university between 1908 and 1913. He composed opera, taught theory, and also did some conducting. By 1945, he was driven out of Austria and settled in Edinburgh. He established himself as a conductor, pianist, and musician of stimulatingly pungent opinions. His music is classically constructed, tonal, finely crafted, courteous, orderly, and unhurrried in its discourse. In the later years of his life, he was led increasingly into the world of chamber music. This duo for cello and bassoon was written in 1962. Madeline Dring 1923 - 1977) English pianist, singer and composer, Dring studied composition with Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughn Williams. She developed a knack for writing attractive, brief pieces. This trio for oboe, bassoon and harpsichord was written in 1971-2, very late in her life.

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