John Lanchbery Compositor Período moderno
FECHAS

Nacido el 15 de mayo de 1923 en Londres, Inglaterra 
Falleció el 27 de febrero de 2003 en Melbourne (Australia)

NACIONALIDAD

Nacido en Inglaterra, inmigró a Australia

ESTILO/PERIODO

Moderno 1920-Presente

OBRAS FAMOSAS

Arreglos: Don Quijote, Mayerling, Los cuentos de Beatrix Potter, Los cuentos de Hoffmann, La Viuda Alegre, Die Fledermaus

BIO 

John Lanchbery nació en Londres en 1923. Comenzó a tomar violín lessons and composing music when he was only eight years old! He received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, but had to postpone until the end of World War II. While at school, Lanchbery worked part-time with a music publishing company called Anglo Soviet Music Press. Anglo Soviet saw Lanchbery’s potential, and encouraged him to audition for the post of conductor with the Metropolitan Ballet.

Lanchbery quickly rose to fame as a ballet conductor. He succeeded at obtaining the post at the Metropolitan Ballet in 1948, and later became the conductor of Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet. In 1960, Lanchbery became conductor of the Royal Ballet and toured all over the world! His final conducting post began in 1972, when he accepted a position at the Australian Ballet.

Ballet was Lanchbery’s specialty in composing as well as conducting, since he often composed or arranged music for his ballet companies. He is most famous for creating ballets out of music that was originally written for another purpose. For example, he was the first composer to take music from an opera to create a ballet, which he did for the Cuentos de HoffmannLa Viuda Alegre...y... Die Fledermaus. En otro famoso trabajo llamado MayerlingLanchbery tomó piano música de Liszt...la orquestó y la arregló para el ballet. Lanchbery también escribió una maravillosa música propia, incluyendo partes de Cuentos de Beatrix Potter, a ballet he arranged for TV based on classic children’s stories such as Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin.

Lanchbery murió en su casa de Melbourne (Australia) el 27 de febrero de 2003. Se le recuerda más por sus numerosos arreglos para el ballet clásico.