|"The [composer] may admire many of his illustrious predecessors and contemporaries and may love their work. But he will not show these feelings by imitating their styles, but by striving to come near to their spirit of adventure and independence of thought in his own work." Gordon Jacob, in The Elements of Orchestration
Comments from Riverdale Ensemble
Jacob had a special affinity for wind instruments, for which he composed a large body of concerti and chamber music, including the Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, written in 1969. These works demonstrate deep knowledge of instrumental technique, also evident in his authoritative textbooks on composing and orchestral writing.
On this site
Browse Jacob's works: a list of works (including books). Link from here to more details on each work, and how to obtain it.
Recordings of Jacob's works, including some not so easy to come by.
Gordon Jacob's life: summary of his life history.
Book about Jacob: Gordon Jacob - a Centenary Biography by Eric Wetherell.
Picture gallery: You'll see various reduced-size photos around this website. This page gives access via thumbnails to the photo gallery.
Contact us: Contact details for Gordon Jacob's widow and the webmaster.
Links: further information, publishers, music societies and more.
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