Stanley Glasser: Exiled South African composer whose many talents survived the shadow of apartheid

Having fallen foul of the apartheid laws in his native country, Stanley Glasser, who has died aged 92, was part of that hugely vibrant émigré community who contributed immensely to the broadening and enrichment of British cultural life in the latter half of the 20th century. 

While initially lauded as South Africa’s first electronic music composer, his parallel activity as an ethnomusicologist, particularly among the Pedi and Xhosa tribes of the Northern Transvaal and Transkei, never ceased to inform his own extensive creative oeuvre. Later able to return occasionally to the republic, happily he lived long enough to see…

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