Composition

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    York composition students work with internationally acclaimed musicians

    York composition students have had their music performed by one of Europe’s top string quartets. During an all-day long event, eight new pieces by undergraduate, MA, and PhD students were workshopped and performed by the Paris-based Quatuor Diotima – the department’s Artist-in-association, on Tuesday, 20th November. The event was streamed to students of the Royal […]

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    The Butterfly Effect: Music for Non-Performance

        The fifth piece in La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 collection begins by instructing a performer to ‘Turn a butterfly (or any number of butterflies) loose in the performance area’. The piece was composed while journeying through the mountains of North California, as Young considered the humble Insecta–Lepidoptera. ‘Alone, it made a very beautiful […]

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    Ho, What a Beano! – Why set the same poem twice?

    by David Power David Power is a former PhD student.  His latest project is the CD ‘A Hundred Years of British Piano Miniatures’ which goes on worldwide release on the Naxos Grand Piano label on Friday 12th October 2018 and includes his own ‘Eight Miniatures from the late 1990’s. Full details here – https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=GP789   […]

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    Words and Music

    This project brings together writings and compositions which interrogate the issue of combining words with music.  An ongoing series of articles by Roger Marsh, William Brooks and others, addresses the many ways in which composers go beyond conventional word setting routes,  exploring significant instances of writers crossing into musical territories and composers composing with words.  […]

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    Ann Cleare on magnetic fields

    A new version of Ann Cleare’s work on magnetic fields will receive a world premiere in London this Thursday, June 14th at Goldsmith University’s Great Hall. Originally for two violin soloists and large ensemble, Riot Ensemble will premiere a second version of the piece for two violins and electronics. You can read a pre-concert interview between Ann and […]

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    John Stringer performances in Japan and Italy

    Rika Zayasu gave the Japanese premiere of John Stringer’s Disquiet II  at Tokyo’s Art Space in March and Joseph Houston will give the Italian premiere in October in Ascoli as part of the Nuovi Spazi Musicali festival. Disquiet II (Video)

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    Words and Music 14 – Music and Beckett (1)

    As a young composer, Beckett was as important to me as Joyce, perhaps more important.  In the early seventies my teacher Bernard Rands, along with a number of my fellow students, read Beckett and talked about his work a lot, especially the new stuff as it came out, which was minimal and exquisite and very exciting.  Vic Hoyland, a composer a few years ahead of me, whose work I greatly admired, bought me Beckett’s latest novella Lessness in about 1971 and it blew my mind.

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    John Cage, ‘Water Walk’, and Tiny Desks: Visual Comedy in Serious Music

      Composed for Solo Television performer, and incorporating bath tubs, kettles, mechanical fish, and a grand piano, a remarkable recording exists of Cage’s ‘Water Walk’, given by the man himself on the 1960s American panel show ‘I’ve Got a Secret’.  It’s an absurd scene, made all the more surreal through the postponement of the game-show […]

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    Performances across continents for Martin Suckling

    On Friday 12th January, Martin Suckling’s new string quintet, Emily’s Electrical Absence, a collaboration with poet Frances Leviston and scientists from the PETMEM consortium, receives its premiere in London as part of the ‘Time Unwrapped’ series at King’s Place.  The following day in New York City, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble give the second US […]

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    Federico Reuben in Journal of Music, Technology and Education

    The Journal of Music, Technology and Education recently published a special edition on the Online Orchestra, an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project that run between October 2014 to March 2016. Federico Reuben contributed to this project as lead software developer and as a composer of a piece for female choir, string orchestra, brass and […]

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    Ann Cleare at Huddersfield and in Europe

    Ann Cleare’s work the square of yellow light that is your window will receive its UK premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Saturday, November 25th. Written for saxophone, piano, percussion, and electric guitar, Ensemble Nikel have previously presented this piece at Adevantgarde Festival in Munich, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Austria, and will also be performing it at Ultraschall Festival, Berlin in January 2018. The piece will be […]

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    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere on BBC Radio 3

    Thomas Simaku’s new work, ‘The Scream’ for 34 solo strings, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20th November 2017. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury.  For full details see here Thomas Simaku in his programme note writes: ‘The iconic painting by Edvard Munch […]

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    Ann Cleare Australian premiere.

    Ann Cleare‘s new piece surface station #2: the relighting of the sun receives its Australian premiere in Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival on October 28th, and from there will tour to venues in Sydney and Melbourne on November 1st and November 2nd.

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    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere in Prague

    Thomas Simaku’s work for solo piano, raggio lunare, will receive its world premiere at the Academy of Performing Arts, Martinu Hall, in Prague on 4 November 2017. The work will be performed by Egli Prifti, who has focused on Simaku’s music as part of his doctoral programme.

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    James Williamson’s Fault-Klang for solo bass clarinet

    James Williamson’s Fault-Klang for solo bass clarinet will be performed by Psappha ensemble in their 2017/2018 concert season. (Link and details below).
     
    Fault-Klang was written as part of Psappha’s “writing for…” scheme in 2016, in collaboration with clarinetist Dov Goldberg.
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    All alone in the moonlight

    Memory is the subject of this year’s BBC Radio 3 / Wellcome Collection mini festival, “Why Music?”.  I recall as a young violinist that music seemed to embed itself in my fingers so that I never needed to learn to memorise, and never worried that I might forget in performance.  Fast-forward a couple of decades (ok maybe a few decades) and I’m looping the first four bars of one of Kurtág’s Signs Games and Messages, desperately trying to alight on the correct continuation in the second phrase and wondering how many times I can get away with the repetition before anyone notices.

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    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere: ‘The Scream’ for String Orchestra, Cambridge, 17 November 2017

    Thomas Simaku – World Premiere: ‘The Scream’ for String Orchestra

    Based on Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, Thomas Simaku’s new work will receive its world premiere in Cambridge on 17 November 2017 as part of the Concerts at King’s series.

    The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by King’s College Director of Music Stephen Cleobury.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/concerts-at-kings/index.html

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    ICAD Award to Ben Eyes and James Cave

    Ben Eyes and James Cave won an award at the International Community for Auditory Display conference 2017 at Penn State, for ‘Best Use of Sound’.

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    The Magic Paintbrush (By Helen Madden) and Greenacre School Anthem (By Judith Weir and Helen Madden).

    Feb 13th and 15th 2017 saw two very special performances of ‘The Magic paintbrush’, a folk opera written for professional performers and school children. Performers ranged from 7 year old primary students to special needs college students who wanted to take their drama skills outside of the classroom. iPads were used to create occasional soundscapes to enable non vocal performers to contribute musically. All projected artwork was produced by students from the participating primary schools.

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    Taking the ‘Toy’ out of Toy Instruments

    I have been working exclusively with toy instruments for almost a year now, although the title of this post perhaps implies a degree of severity and gravity in this exploration, which, in reality, was never intended, nor ever materialised.

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    Ligeti Quartet Composers Workshop Feb 28th 2017

    Ligeti Quartet Composers Workshop As part of the weekly CMRC Composers Seminars, the Ligeti Quartet visited the department on 28th February 2017 for a workshop with undergraduate and postgraduate composers. Works by Jia Chai, Florencia Frete, Patrick Jones, Shu-Yu Lin, Neil Luck, Catherine Robson, Gabriel Williams, James Williamson, Carlos Zamora were workshopped during the day […]

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    Spring postgraduate forum, 2nd March 2017

    The music department’s spring postgraduate forum was held on Thursday 2nd March. We had a packed day with a really wide range of topics covered, issues touched on, and genres explored. Click for full report and timetable.  LM tweet Beau

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    World premiere of Simaku’s Herkommann Aria

    Thomas Simaku’s new solo work, Herkommann Aria, received its world premiere at Kuks International Festival in Prague, on 23 July 2016, performed by the leading Czech clarinettist Ludmila Peterkova.

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    US Premiere for Martin Suckling’s Visiones

    The Locrian Chamber Players will give the first North American performance of Martin Suckling’s Visiones (after Goya) alongside works by Elliott Carter, Derek Bermel and others on 26 August 2016 in the neo-Gothic splendour of Upper Manhattan’s Riverside Church.

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    PhD candidate Carlos Zamora Perez’s Concerto for Alto Recorder and Strings broadcast on Radio Universidad de Santiago

    PhD candidate Carlos Zamora Perez’s Concerto for Alto Recorder and Strings will be broadcasted on Radio Universidad de Santiago in Evening Concert programme. The concerto was composed in 2008 and premiered the same year by Carmen Troncoso as soloist (who is a PhD candidate at CMRC as well) and the Marga-Marga Orchestra conducted by Luis José Recart. The concerto […]

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    Thomas Simaku recent lectures and masterclasses

    Thomas Simaku visited the Centre for Advanced Studies in Music at Istanbul Technical University on 30th May 2016 and gave a lecture on his Soliloquy Cycle. This is a series of highly virtuosic works for various solo instruments that Dr Simaku has been focusing on for a number of years now. He also chaired a […]

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    CODA Quintet perform Carlos Zamora Pérez’s wind quintet cycle

    On 8 June 2016, the CODA Quintet will play PhD candidate Carlos Zamora Pérez three woodwind quintets at Fundación Cultural de Providencia`s Auditorium in Santiago-Chile. Each quintet has two movements which are Latin-American dances. Quintet Nº1 (1995), Quintet Nº2 (1999) and Quintet Nº3 (2000). These works have been performed several times in Chile and abroad as individual pieces as well as […]

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    Player Piano

    Player Piano is an interdisciplinary performance created as part of the research project ‘Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation’, led by Catherine Laws, at the University of York and the Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent. The performance is a collaboration between Catherine (as the performer), composers Edward Jessen, Annea Lockwood, Roger Marsh and Paul Whitty, theatre […]

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    James Williamson’s Fault-Klang video published by Psappha

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    Thomas Simaku Lecture in Dublin

    Thomas Simaku gave a lecture at the Conservatory of Music & Drama – Dublin Institute of Technology, on 13 May 2016.

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    I Fagiolini premieres new work by William Brooks on Radio 3

    Robert Hollingworth and Department associate ensemble I Fagiolini gave the first performance of a new Shakespeare setting by Professor William Brooks on Monday 11 April 2016

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    Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile perform work by PhD candidate Carlos Zamora Pérez

    Vilama – la Muerte del Río (Vilama – the Death of the River) was commissioned by the Marga-Marga Orchestra commissioned in 2014, and premiered in 2015 in Viña del Mar city (Chile) as part of their concert season. More details about the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile season can be found at http://www.ceacuchile.com/eventos/concierto-no4-temporada-oficial-2016/