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Symphony No 10 in D minor (180810)
Sop, S, S, A, A, T, T, B, B, GtB, CtB

The genealogy of one side of my family is tied to the soil for a very long time back through history and in the Read more ...
1 - Andante - Allegretto

Symphony No 10 in D minor

1 - Andante - Allegretto

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2 - Andante Cantabile

Symphony No 10 in D minor

2 - Andante Cantabile

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3 - March

Symphony No 10 in D minor

3 - March

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4 - Andante Pastorale - Allegretto

Symphony No 10 in D minor

4 - Andante Pastorale - Allegretto

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The genealogy of one side of my family is tied to the soil for a very long time back through history and in the piece I re enter in some ways my own history. Musically it is the world of. Vaughan Williams. Modal folk song type themes are modified to allow symphonic development. So this is a symphony of the ordinary country worker. This piece is dedicated to Pamela Smith as a thanks for her encouragement. And it is Pam who is conducting the piece on the performance tab.

There is a recording of a performance of this symphony - please click here

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Overture: Eduardo e Carmella (181201)
Sop, S, S, A, A, T, T, B, B, GtB, CtB

As well as thinking about concerti, I started to think about one-movement overtures., possibly to operas that had never been written. Read more ...

Overture: Eduardo e Carmella



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As well as thinking about concerti, I started to think about one-movement overtures., possibly to operas that had never been written.

My wife and I have recently started to share our life with two retired racing greyhounds called Ted and Toffee. Their simple enthusiastic zest for life and total transparency of character reminded me so much of the Music of Rossini that I could not resist writing this overture, Eduardo e Carmella.

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Piano Concerto No 1 (181202)
Sop, S, S, A, A, T, T, B, B, GtB, CtB

After finishing the symphony project I was looking for new directions and I realised that not only was the recorder orchestra capable of carrying Read more ...
1 - Allegro

Piano Concerto No 1

1 - Allegro

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2 - Andante

Piano Concerto No 1

2 - Andante

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3 - Allegro

Piano Concerto No 1

3 - Allegro

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After finishing the symphony project I was looking for new directions and I realised that not only was the recorder orchestra capable of carrying the symphonic argument in the manner of a big romantic symphony but  could also be used to accompany a soloist in the manner of the big romantic concerti.
 
This is the first piece in this series. This concerto owes much to the influence of Rachmaninov but the solo part while difficult is not as demanding as one of his concerti.
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Lazy bass (190101)
B, Harpsichord, Plucked Double Bass

I am intrigued with the idea of using harpischord and a plucked string bass instrument, almost like a continuo to accompany the recorder in cool Read more ...

Lazy bass



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I am intrigued with the idea of using harpischord and a plucked string bass instrument, almost like a continuo to accompany the recorder in cool jazz style pieces. I hope one day to perform them with some friends but until I get an invitation here is one of them with synthesised harpsichord.
 
This piece for Bass Recorder was inspired by the scoring of Nelson Riddle on an LP he made with Oscar Peterson in the 1960s - hands up who else remembers that record!
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Strood Blues (190102)
A, Harpsichord, Percussion

Another piece using harpischord but this time with percussison. This piece is an arrangement of a movement Read more ...

Strood Blues



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Another piece using harpischord but this time with percussison.

This piece is an arrangement of a movement from one of my quartets but it works really nicely as a solo piece. (The Strood is the cause way that attaches my island home to the mainland ... sometimes!)

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Overture: Anna Karenina (190103)
Sop, S, S, A, A, T, T, B, B, GtB, CtB

The second in my series of overtures to operas that were never written. Although other composers set Anna Karenina as an opera Verdi did not. And Read more ...

Overture: Anna Karenina



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The second in my series of overtures to operas that were never written. Although other composers set Anna Karenina as an opera Verdi did not. And in the same spirit as the symphonies i wondered what the overture or such an opera may have sounded like.

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