Composer, Teacher Boydell Dies
Nov. 09, 2000
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ Brian Boydell, a composer, broadcaster, author and professor of music at Trinity College, Dublin, has died at age 83.
Boydell died Tuesday night at his home in Howth, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.
Boydell earned a degree in science at Cambridge University, but chose to pursue a career in music, at first taking students privately.
His first string quartet won the Radio Eireann Chamber Music Prize in 1949, and he joined the faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was appointed professor of music at Trinity College in 1962, and held the post for 20 years.
Boydell's recorded orchestral works include ``In Memoriam Mahatma Gandhi'' (1948), ``Megalithic Ritual Dances'' (1956) and a violin concerto from 1953-54. One of his last works was ``Viking Lip Music'' (1996), commissioned for the Royal Danish Brass Ensemble.
He founded the Dowland Consort, a vocal ensemble, in 1959 and directed it until 1970. Sitting at a table directing madrigals at an informal gathering, he said, ``is the greatest pleasure I have.''
Boydell was the author of ``A Dublin Musical Calendar 1700-1760,'' published in 1988, and ``Rotunda Music in 18th-century Dublin,'' published in 1992.
He is survived by his wife and two sons. A funeral was planned Tuesday, followed by a musical celebration at Trinity College.
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