born on 2/3/1916 in London, England, United Kingdom
died on 6/1/1983 in Colchester, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Bernard (George) Stevens (2 March 1916 – 6 January 1983) was a British composer.
Born in London, Stevens studied English and Music at the University of Cambridge with E. J. Dent, then at the Royal College of Music with R.O. Morris and Gordon Jacob from 1937 to 1940. His op.l, a violin sonata, attracted the attention of Max Rostal, who commissioned a Violin Concerto, which Stevens wrote while on army service. In 1946 his First Symphony, entitled Symphony of Liberation, won first prize in a competition sponsored by the Daily Express newspaper for a 'Victory Symphony' to celebrate the end of the war with a premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 1948 Stevens was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, a post he combined from 1967 with a professorship at the University of London. As an examiner he travelled widely, especially in Eastern Europe.
Although he resigned his membership of the Communist Party in protest at the Soviet suppression of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Stevens was intellectually and emotionally committed to the left and associated with other socialist artists and writers, such as his friends Alan Bush, Randall Swingler and Montagu Slater, and was active in the Workers' Musical Association.
His musical students included British composers Keith Burstein and Michael Finnissy and Canadian composer Hugh Davidson.
Stevens died in January 1983, in Colchester, England.
In recent years all of Stevens' major orchestral and chamber works have been recorded.
- Bernard Stevens. Retrieved on 2007-01-08.