Composers who loved football: a comprehensive XI

The composer James MacMillan feels an empathy with others in his vocation who cannot stay off the pitch.

Did you know, for instance, that Edward Elgar was ‘mad about Wolverhampton Wanderers’ or that a living Finnish composer is obsessed by Everton (poor chap).

Read the full lineup in this month’s Standpoint.

share this

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on google
  • There’s a work by Enrico Chapela from 2003 called Inguesu that details a 1999 match between Mexico and Brazil. The winds and percussion each represent a player (i.e. Trumpet 1 is Ronaldhino). Towards the end of the work, the conductor give a red card to the bass trombone player.

  • I believe that part of Ronald Binge’s Saturday Symphony is a reference to a football match. I’d get out more but I’m waiting for my cup final tickets to arrive:)

  • >