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December 2020 New Release Round-Up

A wide selection of works from over 20 of our composers, including a first set from the estate of Naresh Sohal.

Also available as a PDF and an MS Excel Spreadsheet.

Richard Barnard

Moon Songs

Five British Folk Songs for unaccompanied SATB choir

A set of original versions of traditional songs which all make reference to the moon.

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Richard Birchall

Ave Maria

Felix Mendelssohn arr. Richard Birchall for cello octet

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Distraction

a miniature for piano quintet

Commissioned for Audrey Field & the Royal Ballet School.

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Martin Bussey

Timeless Figure

a music theatre work for baritone and ensemble

Lyrical and dramatic music theatre work drawing texts by Hardy, Raleigh, Tennyson, Dowland and the composer. Premiered at 2020 Tête-à-tête Opera Festival, The Cockpit Theatre, London.

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Philip Cashian

A House of Rumours

for flute, Bb clarinet, horn in F, Bb trumpet, violin, cello and piano

In 7 movements. Title taken from a poem by the Scottish poet Robin Robertson and refers to book XII of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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songs from a still world

for alto saxophone (in Eb)

Title is taken from the poem Sad Song by the English playwright and poet Edward Bond.

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Liz Dilnot Johnson

Orisha Osun

for soprano saxophone, saxophone sextet and percussion

Osun, goddess of rivers, honey, the divine feminine, weaving the traditional Yoruba melody with jazz ensemble.

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Richard Emsley

Bushra El-Turk

Tuqus

for multi ability symphony orchestra

Melodies soar over a highly rhythmic and gestural backdrop often heard in Arabic Zar rituals.

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James Erber

You done torn your playhouse down

for solo piano

Written to celebrate Michael Finnissy’s 50th Birthday, drawing inspiration from blues pianist and vocalist Clarence Lofton.

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Rob Fokkens

Dances and Chorales

for two violins and electronics

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Christopher Fox

Concurrent Air

for saxophone quartet

The final section of ‘In the Key of H’ a work for speaker, saxophones and tape created in collaboration with poet Ian Duhig and commissioned for the 1994 Ilkley Literature Festival.

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Susan’s Purple

for cello

A commission from Queens’ College, Cambridge, relating to the college’s cabinet of scientific curiosities collected by Giovanni Francesco Vigani, premiered by Anton Lukoszevieze.

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Jeffrey Holmes

KAUN (KENAZ)

for five players

A meditation on primal dualities embodied in the Old Norse Runic symbol for the sound or letter ‘K’. Composed for Thierry Pécou and Ensemble Variances

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Brian Inglis

Passacaglia

for solo harpsichord

Originally written as part of incidental music for a production of Christopher Hampton’s play Dangerous Liaison.

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Anne LeBaron

After a Dammit to Hell

for bassoon

Ccommissioned by Jay Barksdale. It refers to the fieriest BBQ sandwich in the Deep South, available at the late Tired Texan in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Julie’s Garden of Unearthly Delights

for two bassoons and electronics

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Les Confidences du Salon

for piano and human speaker (or projector)

Commissioned as a response to Debussy’s Étude no. 10 – pour les Sonorités opposes.

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Los Murmullos

for solo piano

Commissioned by Mexican-American pianist Ana Cervantes in response to the writing of novelist Juan Rulfo.

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Poem for Doreen

for solo harp

Widely performed and recorded work composed as a gift for harpist Doreen Gehry Nelson

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Francis Pott

Poem of the Air

for solo piano

Composed for Duncan Honeybourne’s Contemporary Piano Soundbites CD project in aid of the Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Hardship Fund

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Colin Riley

A Stranger Called This Morning (trio version)

for soprano, flute, viola and piano

Commissioned by Kokoro with funds from the PRS Foundation. Premiered October 2003, The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset Alison Wells and Kokoro, conducted by Mark Forkgen.

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A Stranger Called This Morning (ensemble version)

for soprano and ensemble

Commissioned by Kokoro with funds from the PRS Foundation. Premiered October 2003, The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset Alison Wells and Kokoro, conducted by Mark Forkgen.

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Stephen Roberts

Albion

for Bb or bass clef brass and piano

Remembrance of things past is a piece of unashamed British nostalgia and redolent of summer on the village green, warm beer, leather on willow…

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Cats Calling!

a suite of seven easy pieces for any brass and piano

Comprising seven easy pieces for any brass and suited to those who are young at heart.

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Four Seasons

for horn and piano

A suite comprising four pieces that reflect the seasons of the year.

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The Lark in the Clear Air

for baritone/euphonium (or horn in F) and piano

(The) Lark in the Clear Air is a favourite Irish folk song and this version was written for Katrina Marzella of the Black Dyke Band. She recorded it on their album Arabian Nights – The Music of Stephen Roberts.

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Sarabande

for brass and piano

A slow dance in neo-classical style

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Sicilienne

for brass in Bb or F/Eb and piano

Sicilenne is a popular piece by Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824), a blind performer/composer from Vienna who studied, amongst others, with Salieri. This arrangement is designed to suit any brass.

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Toreadors (full set)

for brass and piano

Toreadors is a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville. It can be played by any brass, with the parts being slightly adjusted to suit each individual instrument.

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Toreadors (Tuba version)

for brass and piano

Toreadors is a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville. It can be played by any brass, with the parts being slightly adjusted to suit each individual instrument.

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Toreadors (Trombone/Euphonium/Baritone version)

for brass and piano

Toreadors is a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville. It can be played by any brass, with the parts being slightly adjusted to suit each individual instrument.

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Toreadors (Horn version)

for brass and piano

Toreadors is a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville. It can be played by any brass, with the parts being slightly adjusted to suit each individual instrument.

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Toreadors (Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel version)

for brass and piano

Toreadors is a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville. It can be played by any brass, with the parts being slightly adjusted to suit each individual instrument.

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Tuba Copper

for tuba and piano

A light-hearted set of variations on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Policeman’s song for tuba (treble or bass clef) and piano.

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Three Dances

for euphonium or baritone and piano

Toreadors – a Flamenco-style dance inspired by the Plaza de toros in Seville.

Sarabande – a slow dance in neo-classical style.

Spring Dance – a ritual dance with the outer sections in asymmetrical rhythm contrasting the measured drama of the central section.

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Susannah Self

Susannah Self

The Frontline Worker

Commissioned by Skipton Camerata. A combination of stand-up comedy interfaced with the tragedy of a nurse faced with the lack of PPE and ventilators in the NHS during Lockdown.

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Naresh Sohal

The Cosmic Dance

for orchestra

‘Through my reading, I discovered how Indian sages had explained the phenomenon of Creation. And then, because of my interest in Physics, the Big Bang Theory caught my attention. In some ways these accounts, drawn from two very different traditions, are remarkably similar, but there are important respects in which they differ. This work is my own musical account of the phenomenon of Creation. It is influenced sometimes by one perspective and sometimes by the other.’ Naresh Sohal

Commissioned by the BBC for 2013 Proms. First performance 2nd August 2013, by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian, at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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Concerto

for viola and orchestra

Commissioned for Rivka Golani by Julian Gallant who conducted the premiere with the Russian Chamber Orchestra in 2005.

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Prayer

for solo piano

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Poems of Tagore No.3

for soprano and cello

Written for Patricia Rozario. First performance July 1996, Jane Manning and Adrian Bradbury, at the Dartington International Festival.

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Poems of Tagore No.4

for soprano and violin

Written at the request of Sally Silver. First performed by her with Geoffrey Silver, 31st August 2013 at The Stone House, Lewisham, London.

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Shades V

for solo guitar

First performed by Charles Ramirez, London.

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Shades VI

for solo violin

Written for Cristina Anghelescu. First performance given by her, 2001, Romanian Embassy, London.

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Shades VIII

for solo harmonica

Written at the request of Jia-yi He and first performed by him 4th May, 2014 at Gantry, New York, then on 3rd August 2014 Hangzou, China.

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String Quartet No.2

for two violins, viola and cello

Commissioned by the Edinburgh Quartet with funds provided by the Scottish Arts Council and the Performing Rights Society. First performance 17th November 2005, Edinburgh Quartet, Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen.

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String Quartet No.3

for two violins, viola and cello

First performed 17th July 2010, as part of the composer’s 70th birthday concert, by the Dante Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London.

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String Quartet No.4

for two violins, viola and cello

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String Quartet No.5

for two violins, viola and cello

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Ian Stephens

Sounds and Sweet Airs

for upper voice choir with piano, string orchestra or chamber orchestra

A setting of Act 3 Scene 2 from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, written to celebrate the opening of the Merritt Centre at Sherborne School for Girls, and was first performed by the school’s choir and orchestra under the baton of John Jenkins.

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Song of Hope

for unaccompanied mixed choir

Setting of Thomas Hardy commissioned by Manchester Chamber Choir

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Tunnel Vision

suite for brass band

A 12-minute suite drawn from the large-scale piece composed in 2016 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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Marc Yeats

dark gravity

for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and percussion

A timecode-supported polytemporal composition dedicated to The Gelachter Trio

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Jack Van Zandt

stirrings still

for alto flute, bass clarinet, percussion, vibraphone, piano, violin and cello

Stirrings Still takes its title from the Samuel Beckett prose work that inspired it.

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