Hugh Shrapnel


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Hugh Shrapnel (b. 1947) studied composition with Norman Demuth and Cornelius Cardew. Having his early compositions mainly within 12-tone serialism, he moved towards experimental music in late sixties.

Member of the Scratch Orchestra, Promenade Theatre Orchestra (with John White, Christopher Hobbs and Alec Hill), and also Shrapnel Wood and Metal Band.

Activities outside of the library:

I must say, in hindsight, that the improvisation rites have an overall uniqueness — almost a new art form with elements of theatre, music, visuals — but amounting to something else. They have great variety (reflecting the individual character and preoccupations of the author) but an overall character (if this makes sense!)

S. Szczelkun, Improvisation Rites p. 96(94), Hugh Shrapnel

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