Composers Edition News and Releases May 2017

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Daniel Saleeb at the BBC Proms, Liz Lane award nomination, latest releases

Daniel Saleeb at BBC Proms

Organists William Whitehead and Robert Quinney launch BBC Proms’ Reformation Day on Sunday, 20 August 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall with a recital featuring the great Lutheran chorale preludes of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein at its heart, alongside three brand-new chorale preludes by British composers including the world première of Daniel Saleeb‘s  Erhalt uns, Herr bei deinem Wort and his toccata on the same text. Book your tickets here (on sale from Saturday 13 May).


Liz Lane shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

Liz Lane

The shortlist for the RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] Music Awards has been published with the South-West Open Youth Orchestra (OpenUp Music), the UK’s only disabled-led regional youth orchestra, being shortlisted for an award in the Learning and Participation category for its work on composer Liz Lane’s Silver Rose.

‘I am very proud of course to be part of the team as Composer in Association which included their first performance last April at Bristol Cathedral of my Silver Rose with Lydbrook Band, University of the West of England Singers and Ian Holmes (later featured on BBC The One Show); and from this a BBC Radio 3 broadcast in June of SWOYO’s first specially composed piece, Silver Song‘, says the composer. The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

New additions to the Composers Edition catalogue

Joe Cutler 2016 was a sad year for pop music, for cello and piano

2016 was a sad year for pop music is based on material from songs by three great artists who left us in 2016. The songs are 1999 by Prince, Suzanne by Leonard Cohen and Space Oddity by David Bowie.

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Bushra El Turk Dramticule IV
Bushra El Turk Dramticule IV

Bushra El-Turk Dramaticule IV

Dramaticule IV is a monodramatic playlet in one act; dramaticule being a Beckettian term. It is part of a series of Dramaticules, ranging from a piano duo, clarinet trio to line-ups that combine both non-western and western instruments, some of which entail elements of ‘instrumental’ theatre and dramatic forms. III and IV have been written for Atlas Ensemble. The melody is transcribed from a qanoun improvisation in an old recording by the renowned Sabah Fakhry singing mawwal qassidat Qoul Lil Malihati in sigah maqam.

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Rob Fokkens on Quietude and DancingRob Fokkens On Quietude and Dancing, for solo piano

On Quietude and Dancing consists of two strongly contrasted cores – Aria and Troping – which contain all of the materials in the piece. These include ideas referencing electronic dance music, traditional South African bow music, a tiny snippet of Bach (from the Aria of the Goldberg Variations), and various other musical styles and traditions.

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John Palmer HypothesisJohn Palmer Hypothesis, for solo percussion

Hypothesis belongs to a set of three works conceived in June 2008 including Antithesis and Blurring Definitions, its position in the trilogy being deliberately equivocal. As the triggering postulate of a multi-layered debate, Hypothesis also provides, by a reverse logic, a more understated antiphon to Antithesis.

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Stephen Roberts Concerto for Euphonium and OrchestraStephen Roberts Concerto for euphonium and orchestra

This concerto is set in three movements with a somewhat eclectic mix of styles exploring tonal language of a lighter nature. The first movement is based on the strident calls of a blackbird in my garden and set in sonata form with rich chromaticism. The second movement is a chaconne featuring the upper register of the euphonium, reminiscent of Baroque concertos where the brass were required to sing on high harmonics. The finale is an energetic huapango dance.

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Ian Stephens Springhead EchoesIan Stephens Springhead Echoes, for string quartet

Springhead Echoes was commissioned in memory of Rosalind Richards née Gardiner (1938–2016) by her daughters. My connection with her is through Pigotts Music Camp, an inspirational place in the Chiltern Hills. I was among a group of musicians who in 1999 were invited to join her at her home in Springhead, Fontmell Magna, Dorset for chamber music. We played Schubert’s Octet, with Rosalind leading – she was a keen and able violinist – and me playing double bass. The wonderfully situated Springhead was the house in which she was born and with which she was linked for her entire life.

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