Marc Wilkinson

Marc Wilkinson (born in Paris, France, on 27 July 1929) is an Australian composer and conductor best known for his film scores, most particularly Blood on Satan's Claw, and music for the theatre, most notably for Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun. For most of his life resident in the UK, his approach has combined traditional techniques with elements of the avant-garde. Now retired from composition, he currently lives in France. Born in Paris, Wilkinson studied composition at Columbia and Princeton Universities; he also took some private lessons with Varèse in New York. For a time he was resident composer and musical director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, then musical director of the Royal National Theatre (1963–74). One of the first scores he composed in that post was for Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun; the result deeply impressed the playwright, who has described Wilkinson's work as "perhaps the best score for a play to be written since Grieg embellished Peer Gynt". Wilkinson subsequently wrote the incidental music to Shaffer's play Equus (1973).


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