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Ronald Stevenson

The British composer, pianist, broadcaster, teacher and writer Ronald Stevenson was born on 6 March 1928 in Blackburn, Lancashire. Of Celtic heritage, he is Scottish on his father's side and Welsh on that of his mother. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, discovered and helped to revive the works of Busoni, was friends with John Ogdon and corresponded with Percy Grainger.

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Stevenson's many works include hundreds of compositions for solo piano, including the seventy-five minute Passacaglia on DSCH for piano, a large collection of songs, two piano concertos, cello and violin concertos and chamber music.

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As a teacher, he has lectured in composition at the University of Cape Town (1962-65), delivered seminars at Juilliard (1987) and created a course called The Political Piano at York University in the 1980s.

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Stevenson gave many BBC radio programmes of Busoni's music, and scripted, introduced and performed as solo pianist in a ninety-minute Busoni BBC TV documentary. He also scripted and broadcast a series of radio programmes on the Scots Pipe, Harp and Fiddle.

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A portrait of Stevenson by Scottish painter Victoria Crowe hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

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RONALD STEVENSON: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC
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RONALD STEVENSON - COMPOSER-PIANIST - A MEMOIR

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THE RONALD STEVENSON SOCIETY

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