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British champion of the classical guitar has died

Stephen Dodgson, composer of concertos and solo pieces for Julian Bream, John Williams and many more, died last night, aged 89. He was a prolific composer, writer and BBC broadcaster, richly informed and passionate about his instrument.


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  1. Stephen Dodgson also wrote many great pieces for brass and winds, as well as some transcriptions which seemed to me to be much more interesting than their original versions – Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas for brass quintet had qualities which made them excellent repertoire for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    His Wind Symphony, Bandwagon and Trumpet Concerto deserve to be standard repertoire for all wind bands.
    Stephen was a gifted composer and a kind and generous man.

  2. I had the opportunity to meet Stephen Dodgson at a guitar festival in Toronto in 1978. He was giving a symposium for composers and I participated and performed a solo piece I had written for guitar titled “Tesserae”. He hated anything with a Latin title, so that didn’t go so well! It probably wasn’t a very good piece. He seemed to me to be a staunch, unpretentious musician.

    He wrote a lot of lovely music for guitar solo (including an excellent set of etudes) as well as for voice and guitar and guitar and orchestra.

  3. Dear Stephen I remember as a student at the RCM was a marvellous musician and lovely,kind and generous man. RIP

  4. Very sad news. Met Dodgson in 2001 at the Presteigne Festival. Have put some more about him online here:

  5. Sad :(
    His “Duo Concertante” for guitar and harpsichord was a particular favorite

  6. Stephen was a great composer and a kind man. I had the good fortune of not only playing his first Partita for him but in 1981 inviting him to the US for a performance of his solo and chamber works at an ASTA Guitar Symposium in Hartford, CT He will be greatly missed

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