Composer, academic and broadcaster who focused on American experimental music and pioneered the teaching of jazz in Britain
The composer, pianist, author, academic and broadcaster Peter Dickinson, who has died aged 88, introduced music lovers in Britain to new sounds from America, from ragtime and jazz to the most experimental pieces. He inspired interest in unfamiliar works and was a pioneer in the teaching of jazz and popular music in UK degree courses.
An authority on American and British composers from Aaron Copland and John Cage to Sir Lennox Berkeley and Lord Berners, he wrote books including The Music of Lennox Berkeley (1988) and CageTalk: Dialogues With and About John Cage (2006).
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