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Stephen Dodgson

Dodgson has written music covering a number of genres, but he is perhaps best known for his guitar music.

Stephen Dodgson was born in London on the 17th March 1924 and lived there with few interruptions until his death at the age of 89 in 2013.

He received his musical training at the Royal College of Music, and was subsequently a member of its teaching staff in theory and composition. After serving with the Royal Navy during the war years he spent a year studying with Bernard Stevens.

In 1950 he obtained a travelling scholarship to Italy. Through the next 15 years he was a part time teacher / lecturer in a succession of schools and colleges. From this period onwards he was much employed by the BBC as provider of incidental music for many major radio drama productions, as well as a frequent and familiar broadcaster of reviews and other musical topics. Stephen Dodgson`s compositions cover almost every genre, including opera ("Margaret Catchpole" 1979) seven piano sonatas, seven string quartets and much other chamber music. There is also a substantial body of music for orchestra, chorus and solo voices.

Although not a player himself he is one of the few composers to write with understanding for the guitar and his numerous works for this instrument - solo, in ensemble, chamber music and concertos - have brought him world-wide recognition.