Bennett Memento Study Score


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Bennett Memento Study Score-Novello

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Composer-Richard Rodney Bennett
Flute and Strings

Programme Notes

Richard Rodney Bennett Memento (1983)

This piece was commissioned by Susan Milan with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It is dedicated to Ms Milan and was written in memory of the Jazz pianist, Pat Smythe, who died on May 7th 1983.

Composed in New York City in 1983, Memento lasts approximately 17.5 minutes and consists of three movements played without a break: Canto, Intermezzo and Elegiac Blues (a title borrowed from Constant Lambert).

Richard Rodney Bennett

British composer, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) wrote over two hundred works for the concert hall, an abundance of jazz songs and fifty scores for film and television amongst others.

Susan Milan-Flautist

Susan Milan is a highly esteemed flautist and respected figure in the world of classical music. She has performed and taught worldwide as an orchestral principal, recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, lecturer and teacher,

Susan Milan was a Junior Exhibitioner and Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with John Francis. As a postgraduate of the Guildhall School of Music, she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert, as well as attending the Marcel Moyse masterclasses in Switzerland.

Upon graduating from the RCM, Susan Milan’s exceptional abilities as a flautist propelled her to the coveted position of Principal Flute in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout her illustrious career, she has graced the stage as both Principal Flute and as a soloist with distinguished orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English String Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Welsh Orchestra, Philomusica of London, New London Orchestra, Haydn Festival Orchestra, and others.

Driven by her passion for nurturing musical excellence, Susan Milan founded the highly acclaimed British Isles Music Festival. This internationally recognised chamber music and masterclass course held annually at Charterhouse School, serves as a platform for exceptional musicians to further cultivate their skills and engage in collaborative artistic endeavours.

Susan Milan is a Professor and Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London, Professor of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music, London and Director of the annual British Isles Music Festival.

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