Born in London in 1948, Malcolm Dedman was initially self-taught, having started to compose when he was 12. Although he later had formal violin and singing lessons, it was composition, arising out of improvising at the piano, that he was most interested in pursuing.
His first formal lessons in composition were with Patric Standford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in 1973-74, but he did not receive a formal musical qualification until 2005, when he passed with distinction his Masters Degree in Composing Concert Music at Thames Valley University, London.
He considers his compositional style to be an individual one, benefitting from an in-depth understanding of twentieth century trends, ranging from serialism to quasi-aleatoric techniques. He now adopts an individual ‘post-modern’ idiom, based on original modes, that is very personal in approach. Although his music owes much to the music of Messiaen and Bartók, it also integrates music by many other composers as well as music from different cultures. He believes in writing music that speaks directly to the audience, having a purposeful message to convey, in a style that is appropriate to this century and without compromising musical quality.
He has received performances in various countries, including England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovakia, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of these performances have been received well by audiences and critics, including two excellent reviews by Anthony Payne.
Major first performances that have been received well by both audiences and critics include: Christmas Cantata – ‘The Word was Made Flesh’ in 1975; Three Dance Episodes for oboe, guitar and piano at the Wigmore Hall in 1977; String Quartet No. 1 at the Purcell Room in 1980 and Piano Sonata No. 2 – ‘In Search’ at the Purcell Room in 1986. More recently, in South Africa, first performances include: Light of Unity for two cellos and piano at the Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom in 2010; Trio Sonata for flute, cello and piano at UNISA, Pretoria in 2011, Plea for Concordance for two cellos and piano at the Volksblad Arts Festival, Bloemfontein in 2011 and Danses Concertantes given by the strings of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the Durban Jewish Club in April 2012. The piano cycle Four Kinds of Love has been played several times by Benjamin Fourie and Our Rainbow Nation for youth orchestra was played both in South Africa and Slovakia by the West Coast Youth Orchestra, both in 2017.
Malcolm has also gained several composition awards, including: Brent Music and Dance Festival in 1969 for a movement from a piano sonata; Stroud International Composer’s Competition in 1974 for the song cycle To Lesbia for tenor and guitar; Recontres Internationales de Chant Choral in 1985 for an anthem Come Unto Me… and Thames Valley University composition prize in 2005 for Scherzo for piano quartet. He now self-publishes his music, along with two CDs, under the name Misty Mountain Music.
R 280.00 South African Rand Per Hour
This fee is for my teaching work. Fees for commissioning a new piece of music are negotiable.