English composer, musicologist and music critic Anthony Payne was born in London on 2 August 1936. He studied at Durham University. From the 1960s onwards he received commissions from high profile ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Nash Ensemble and the English Chamber Orchestra. Important works include the Phoenix Mass, The Spirit's Harvest, Time's Arrow, Visions and Journeys and Of Land, Sea and Sky.
He is perhaps best known for his completion of Edward Elgar's Symphony No 3, left incomplete when Elgar died. Payne began working on and lecturing about Elgar's sketches for this work in 1993, and his completion was performed in 1998. He subsequently gave the same treatment to Elgar's sketches for Pomp and Circumstance March No 6, first performed in 2006.
Payne also worked as a music critic for The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, and wrote books about Frank Bridge and Arnold Schoenberg.
Anthony Payne died on 30 April 2021, aged eighty-four, just a month after the death of his wife.
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