Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (August 10, 1889, Great Baddow, Essex - May 12, 1960, Chelmsford) was an English composer.

He studied with Edward Dent at Trinity College, Cambridge, and with Charles Wood and Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music, where he himself taught composition and music theory from 1921 to 1939. From 1937 to 1952, he also served as the Vice President of the British Federation of Music Festivals.

Gibbs composed one opera, one operetta, incidental music for several plays, several cantatas, three symphonies, a concertino for piano and string orchestra, five string quartets, one violin sonata, pieces for piano, works for choir, and many songs, a great number of which were settings of texts penned by his friend Walter de la Mare.

Major works
The White Devil, incidental music, 1920
The Betrothal, incidental music for a play by Maurice Maeterlinck, 1921
The Blue Peter, comic opera
Midsummer Madness, harlequinade
Mr Cornelius, operetta
The Birth of Christ, cantata, 1930
Deborak and Barak, cantata
Fancy Dress, suite for piano and orchestra
Dale and Fell, suite
Threnody for string quartet and string orchestra
In the High Alps, suite for piano, 1921
Lakeland Pictures eight preludes for piano, 1940
Symphony in E major, 1931-32
Odysseus, choral symphony, premiered 1946
Symphony No. 3 Westmorland, 1944