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(1911 - 1985)

Frederick (Fred) May was one of the most original creative voices of his generation. May was born in Dublin in 1911. He began his musical education in his native city with John Larchet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at Trinity College Dublin (Mus. B 1931). He then moved to the Royal College of Music in London where he enjoyed three productive years of compositional work with Gordon Jacob and Vaughan Williams. The first of his independent orchestral essays, the short Scherzo for Orchestra, was completed there in 1933. Along with other original work it brought him a traveling scholarship to Vienna to write under the tutelage of Alban Berg. May’s immediate ambitions were frustrated by the untimely death of Berg in December 1935 and he studied under Egon Wellesz instead. The String Quartet in C minor, his only essay in this genre, was conceived during this period, and was completed in 1936 following May’s return from Vienna, and remains one of his finest achievements
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
MAY: String Quartet / FLEISCHMANN: Piano Quintet Marco Polo
Chamber Music

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