“[A] feeling of limitlessness, of being poised to move off in any direction and to any distance, and at the same time stillness, the desire to stay put and listen. Graham Lynch’s music contains many moments like this”. Written by Michael Bird in an essay on Lynch, this encapsulates well the particular energy at the heart of his music which has attracted musicians and listeners around the world. His works have been performed in over thirty countries, frequently recorded to CD and featured on radio and television.
Composers Edition is delighted to be working with Graham to bring his work to even wider attention. In a first instalment we present a representative range of his compositions from his prize-winning Admiring Yoro Waterfall for harpsichord to the orchestral Invisible Cities which has been performed by both the Orchestra of Opera North and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. We’re also pleased to present both sets of his White Book (1 & 2) pieces for piano inspired by his love of Couperin’s Ordes.
I’m really delighted to be joining Composers Edition, and my scores here will include more recent pieces as well as works that were written some years ago. Like many composers today I’ve made a gradual journey from a more atonal musical language to arrive at a place that is broadly tonal and modal. An unceasing dialogue with literature and the visual arts informs much of what I write, and I am in sympathy with T.S. Eliot’s view that the task in hand is to make all things new, not necessarily to make new things; looking backwards to move forwards. Although I’ve written pieces for many types of ensemble, and orchestras, I have a particular interest in writing for piano, harpsichord, and guitar.
2018 has been a very busy year so far for Lynch with several premieres; including Symphony Cocteau for saxophone quartet and piano (in New York), Sappho Fragments for soprano and piano (in Charleston), Serenata Notturna for guitar orchestra (in Turku), and Naivement-Rondeau for guitar trio (in London). In recent months there have also been CD releases of Lynch’s works in Finland, France, Chile, and the UK. New commissions that will have their first performances soon include pieces for string orchestra, two pianos, guitar duo, and harpsichord.
Works available from Composers Edition:
Graham Lynch Admiring Yoro Waterfall for harpsichord
Graham Lynch Apollo, Toccate for guitar
Graham Lynch French Concerto for flute, violin, cello and harpsichord/piano
Graham Lynch Invisible Cities for orchestra
Graham Lynch Sappho Fragments for soprano and piano
Graham Lynch Sing, Memory for guitar and virginals/harpsichord
Graham Lynch Stars in a High Wind for orchestra
Graham Lynch Trio Cocteau for violin, cello and piano
Graham Lynch Unreal Promenades for saxophone ensemble
Graham Lynch White Book 1 for piano
Graham Lynch White Book 2 for piano
Graham Lynch Profile & Works
Photo: Gavin Hicks
Tags: Admiring Yoro Waterfall, Apollo, French Concerto, Graham Lynch, Invisible Cities, Launch, Memory, Michael Bird, Sappho Fragments, Sing, Stars in a High Wind, Toccate, Trio Cocteau, Unreal Promenades, White Book 1, White Book 2