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GORDON JACOB  

(1895 - 1984)

Gordon Jacob was one of the most prolific of English composers, spanning many fields from ‘serious’ to ‘light’. Born in London and educated at Dulwich College, he was of the generation that was inevitably caught up in the 1914-18 Great War, in which he was wounded and taken prisoner. Rehabilitation eventually came when a grant enabled him to study at the Royal College of Music in London with Stanford, Howells and Boult as his teachers. As a teacher he soon established himself. He was on the staff of the Royal College of Music for forty years from 1926, teaching composition and orchestration.

Amongst his books, Orchestral Technique (1931) has become a standard work. Jacob’ compositions include two symphonies, and other orchestral music, chamber music, songs and part-songs, music for band and film scores. Older listeners will recall Dr. Gordon Jacob’s witty arrangements for the popular radio series ITMA (It’s That Man Again) featuring the Liverpool comedian Tommy Handley. Characteristic of Jacob’s output is that he looked out for areas where there were gaps in the available repertoire. He wrote several concertos and solos, including those for less favoured instruments; trombone, bassoon, cor anglais and double bass. He would readily write for a new ensemble and welcomed a new challenge. He wrote a two-piano concerto (three hands) for Phyllis Sellick and the sadly handicapped Cyril Smith. When the prowess of the brilliant harmonica-player Tommy Reilly became known to him this inspired him to compose several most attractive pieces for that artist.

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AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Chamber Winds (The) Altissimo
75442261842
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Solo! Altissimo
75442261932
Concertos
Bassoon Recital: Zdybel, Katarzyna - JACOB, G. / CASTEREDE, J. / SLUKA, L. / DENISOV, E. / CARTER, E. / MARKOWICZ, M. / FRANCAIX, J. (Portrait) CD Accord
CDAccordACD182
Chamber Music
BRITTEN / SAUNDERS / JACKMAN: Music for Solo Oboe BIS
BIS-CD-769
Instrumental
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2008 International Edition) Naxos
8.578019-20
Orchestral
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2009 Hong Kong Edition) Naxos
8.578057-58
Orchestral
JACOB / ATTERBERG: Horn Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-376
Concertos
JACOB / HOWARTH / BOURGEOIS: Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-658
Concertos
JACOB, G.: Recorder Chamber Music (Knight, Bigwood, Maggini Quartet, Fontanella) Naxos
8.572364
Chamber Music
JACOB, G.: Tuba Suite / HINDEMITH: Tuba Sonata / SIVELOV: 3 Danzas BIS
BIS-CD-1585
Instrumental
Miniatures (British Light Music) Marco Polo
8.223522
Orchestral
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-4 (1995) Marco Polo
AB-80102
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 10 (Guest Conductors) Altissimo
75442262032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Music from the Land of Hope and Glory Altissimo
75442262952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Recorder Concertos (English) - HARVEY, R. / ARNOLD, M. / JACOB, G. (Petri, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Thorel) OUR Recordings
6.220606
Concertos
STAMP, J.: In this hid clearing… / COPLAND, A.: Lincoln Portrait / GERSHWIN, G.: Catfish Row (University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble) Naxos
8.572108
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Songs of the Earth Altissimo
75442260012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Viola Sonatas (English) - JACOB, G. / IRELAND, J. / ARNOLD, M. / DELIUS, F. / BERKELEY, L. (Outram, Rolton) Naxos
8.572208
Chamber Music
Wind Band Music - GRANTHAM, D. / JACOB, G. / BRYANT, S. (Old Wine in New Bottles) (Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, S. Gage) Naxos
8.572762
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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