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January 2021 New Release Round-Up

The new year brings a new CE composer Catherine Kontz, Richard Baker’s BBC Symphony Orchestra Commission, a set of organ works from Martin Bussey, a second batch of Naresh Sohal pieces and several newly edited Marc Yeats works including a new 20 minute orchestral work. Also, new editions from Prach Boondiskulchok, Philip Cashian, Odaline de la Martinez, Christopher Fox, Brian Inglis and Lynne Plowman.

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Richard Baker

The Price of Curiosity

for orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra commission exploring complex questions arising from the the song ‘Que Sera Sera’ and the Hitchcock film in which Doris Day performed it.

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Prach Boondiskulchok

The Work

for SATB choir a cappella

Setting of contemplative extracts from Rabbi Tarfon’s teachings in Pirkei Avot in both English and Hebrew.

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Martin Bussey

Anima Christi

for organ

A musical reflection on a fourteenth century text which meditates on symbolic elements of the Passion narrative.

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Jedburgh Abbey

movement one of Border Studies for organ

First of three studies for organ inspired by a visit to the Scottish Borders, each reflecting the character of one of the great ruined Scottish Scottish Abbeys as well as focusing on a particular aspect of organ technique.

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Dryburgh Abbey

movement two of Border Studies for organ

Second of three studies for organ inspired by a visit to the Scottish Borders, each reflecting the character of one of the great ruined Scottish Scottish Abbeys as well as focusing on a particular aspect of organ technique.

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Melrose Abbey

movement three of Border Studies for organ

Third of three studies for organ inspired by a visit to the Scottish Borders, each reflecting the character of one of the great ruined Scottish Scottish Abbeys as well as focusing on a particular aspect of organ technique.

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‘And an old white horse…’

for organ

Inspired by the memorable line from T.S.Eliot’s Journey of the Magi and written for organist Tom Bell who has performed the piece widely and recorded on the organ of Blackburn Cathedral.

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Urizen

diptych for organ duet after William Blake

Organ duo composed for Tom Bell and Richard Braisier inspired by William Blake’s prophetic books.

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Philip Cashian

Scenes from the Life of Viscount Medardo

for chamber ensemble

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s short story The Cloven Viscount, commissioned by sound and Red Note Ensemble for soundfestival.

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Odaline de la Martinez

Asonancias

for solo violin

In three movements, the first a fiery and quite rubato, the second a Cuban moto perpetuo, the very tender third employing the violin as a harmonic instrument.

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Christopher Fox

A-N-N-A Blossom-time

for voice and piano

Settings of Kurt Schwitters (in English) composed for Amanda Crawley during the composer’s DAAD Berlin Kunstlerprogramm residency and recorded for Métier by Crawley and Ian Pace.

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Brian Inglis

4 Esquisses

for piano

Written for the Alkan Society in tribute to Alkan’s Op.63 Esquisses (“Sketches).

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Catherine Kontz

Küçük Ev – The Little House

for piano four hands

Duet based on (and including!) a children’s hand clapping game, commissioned by Arzu & Gamze Kirtil.

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Tea Break for Juliet

for eight voices

Setting of a work originally composed for soprano and tape, commissioned by Juliet Fraser.

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Three Legs and a Wheel

for grand piano and bicycle

Composed in collaboration with her daughter Emmylou Växby and first performed in a private concert at the residence of Tommy Kontz.

The Waves

for orchestra

Commissioned by Solistes Européens Luxembourg and exploring themes of societal positions of women, how they have and have not changed over the decades.

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Voyage with Don Quixote

a suite for piano

Based on Thomas Mann’s diary of the same name. Commissioned by CID / Fraen an Gender, the premiere performance was interwoven with readings of excerpts from both Thomas Mann’s work and Cervantes’ Don Quixote, however the suite works just as well as a work for solo piano.

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Lynne Plowman

floating turning spinning

for soprano saxophone and harp

Commissioned by Okeanos.

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Naresh Sohal

Excursion

for solo violoncello

Composed at the request of and premiered by Rohan de Saram in 2008

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Reflection

for harmonica and piano

First performed by Jia-yi He (harmonica) and Ling-Zi Chong (piano) in Singapore, 2010.

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Reflection 2

for harmonica, piano and strings

First performed by Jia-yi He (harmonica), Nate Bartley (violin), Fadlullah Ba’th (violin), Cory Ramey, (viola), Paul Wolfram (cello), Mathew Fieldes (bass) and Manon Hutton-DeWys, at the Library for Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York.

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Reverie

for solo violoncello

Written in memory of the composer’s mother.

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tsunami

for solo piano

Commissioned by Helen Reid and Dartington International Festival.

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Songs of Desire

for soprano and piano

Setting of texts from Gitanjali by Tagore, composed for and premiered by Patricia Rozario.

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Marc Yeats

a passing colour

duo for two flutes or two flute solos

A timecode-supported polytemporal composition, one of three iterations, the other two being for solo flute.

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dark gravity (2)

trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

A timecode-supported polytemporal composition, dedicated to the Gelachter Wind Trio.

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dark gravity (3)

trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon

This is a timecode-supported polytemporal composition.

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each changing (Eb clarinet version)

for Eb clarinet

One of three iterations of this piece, the others being for Bb clarinet duo and ensemble.

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each changing (Bb clarinet duo version)

duo for Bb clarinets

One of three iterations of this piece, the others being for solo Eb clarinet and ensemble.

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intoxicated by escape

for soprano saxophone and piano

Dedicated to saxophonist Giovanni De Luca.

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a point in the landscape

for orchestra

20-minute work for conductor-less orchestra. “The culmination of spatialization, polytemporal performance and heterogeneous materials make this a music of extremes, of hyper-activity, hyper-density, quicksilver colouristic fluctuations, of perceptually complex sound combinations articulated through demanding, virtuosic instrumental part-writing that requires great technical facility, expressive insight and emotional stamina from performers when mediating its notation and instantiating its sound.” Marc Yeats

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