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Barry Anderson


Born: 1935 Died: 1987


Barry Anderson was born in Stratford, New Zealand. He studied piano, viola and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, from 1952-1956, and later studied piano with Edwin Fischer and Alfred Brendel in Zurich and Lucerne. He then settled in London as a teacher, lecturer, composer and performer.

As director of the West Square Electronic Music Studio and Ensemble he commissioned and performed many new works. In 1979, he founded the Electro-Acoustic Music Association of Great Britain (EMAS). Between 1982 and 1985 he realised the electronic material for Harrison Birtwistle's opera The Mask of Orpheus at IRCAM in Paris, to great acclaim.

In 1987, on the eve of Radio France's broadcast of the first performance of his last work, Arc, Barry passed away during the night at the age of 52.

Composed (20)

A Book of Dreams

Short pieces for solo piano


for string quartet, bass clarinet and tapes

Colla Voce

For solo soprano


tape realisation of poem cycle

Electro-Acoustic Fanfare

for 2-channel tape

En face de.... 1

for soprano and double bass

En face de.... 2

for soprano, double bass and tape delay, electronic modulation and 4-channel tape


for flutes, percussion, narrator and tape


full length opera for large orchestra, chorus, soloists

Piano Pieces I, II, III

for piano with tape mix and sine-tone ring-modulation


for solo percussion, electronic modulation, tape delay and 2-channel tape

Solo (Stockhausen)

for melody instrument and feedback system

Songs Penyeach

for mezzo-soprano, amplified violin, bass clarinet and percussion

Sound Frames

for instrumental ensemble of 10 players

sound the tucket sonance and the note to mount

for solo trombone and 2-channel tape


for storyteller, tape, modulated piano and percussion

The Mask of Orpheus

realisation of the electronic elements for the opera by Harrison Birtwistle


for 3 percussion groups, filters and ring-modulators


for 2-channel tape and slide projections