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Compositions

While I was at school, I wrote music.  Playing instruments came later.  My teachers suggested I attend Leeds University to study composition with Alexander Goehr.   That was a great idea.  I found his teaching inspirational and I'm still thinking about things he said today.

 

Playing took over and I wrote nothing for many years, but I started to write again a while back.

Esperanza for baroque oboe and harpsichord, was written for my partner, Gail Hennessy.    

Steven seemed delighted with the harpsichord part so in 2016 I wrote him two pieces - one for harpsichord, Flats, one for fortepiano.

close up of 3 string bass viol

Pieces I wrote, and performed in recent years:

Esperanza - Gail Hennessy, baroque oboe & Steven Devine, harpsichord.

 

A Distant Kiss, for string quartet was a present for Lucy Russell, first violinist of the Fitzwilliam Quartet. It's been played by the Fitzwilliam Quartet at several concerts since the premiere in 2012.

I made a different version of that material for string quartet violin/viola/cello/double bass for the  Robinson Panoramic Quartet.

 

Flats written for solo harpsichord, performed by Steven Devine.

 

Or Galon - a soliloquy for trombone against a drone, for Emily White (a musician to inspire other musicians).   Premiered at the Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire and on the Welsh borders since then.

I wrote Berry Hill in memory of Iain McGillivray.  It was premiered  by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet on March 18th 2020.  They played it twice that night;  this is a recording of the second time.  The audience collection will fund a piece for next year;  my piece came free to ensure we still had a Walthamstow premiere in 2019-20 season!  Many thanks to the Fitzwilliams for allowing this recording to be made.

Other pieces

Some keyboard pieces I wrote, Stepping Stones, I Remember, a piece in search of a title and Coragio (a piece I wrote for Trevor Pinnock's 60th birthday) are all looking for a performance.

 

During 2019 I wrote Vender, an unnaccompanied violin solo for Miki Takahashi.   Miki intends to premier it in Basel 2021.

Berry Hill

Stronghold

Written for Malachy Robinson.