David Lyon

David Lyon was born in Walsall, West Midlands, in 1938. After Army service playing French horn in a military band, he studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music 1960-64 and later at the University of Bristol.  Although composition has been his main preoccupation, he has also had a secondary career as a jazz pianist, mainly in small groups or as a soloist. His compositions have covered a wide and varied field, from chamber, choral and orchestral works to music theatre, always with the emphasis on directness of expression within a clear structural framework. A natural bias towards melody, rhythm and colour has led to a series of lighter orchestral works, most of which have been published by Mozart Edition.

Please note: some of David’s early works were published under the pseudonym Leo Norman.

David’s latest CD, ‘A Wiltshire Elegy’, available here, comprises newly recorded works from across his career (all played beautifully by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia under Gavin Sutherland).

Scores available

Adagio Serioso (originally published under the alias Leo Norman)

Country Lanes

Dance Prelude

Divertimento for Small Orchestra: 1. March 2. Jig 3. Waltz 4. Serenade

Fairytale Suite

Gavottina for Strings

Intermezzo for Strings (originally published under the alias Leo Norman)

Joie de Vivre

Overture for a Comic Opera


Polonesque for Strings

Rondoletta (originally published under the alias Leo Norman)

Serenata for Strings: 1. Interplay 2. Romance 3. Finale

Short Suite for Strings: 1. Rustic dance 2. Gavotte 3. Aria 4. Moto Perpetuo

Three Countryside Sketches: 1. Market Day 2. Pastorale 3. Point-to-Point

(The) Waltzing Marionette

(A) Wiltshire Elegy

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