Veilings-II '...a cloud of unknowing'
Composer Brighton born
COMPOSITION PUPIL OF EDMUND RUBBRA AT GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAM
M.PHIL IN COMPOSITION AT ROYAL HOLLOWAY & BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
“…Best piece in the concert – truly moving…” (BrightonFestival Fringe Review)
Library Hollers or
Ways to disturb the silence by Phil Baker
INSTRUCTIONS: Select a spacious library such as the spanking new one in Brighton…etcetera …
“Phil Baker’s Library Hollers was a good opener and attention grabber: sudden sounds of book titles being read out aloud, books being slammed shut, lines from pages being sung out aloud. Baker’s starting point was that on entering a library he felt compelled to break the silence by reading a title out aloud or singing / reciting a line. I suspect this is something that many of us might harbour as a secret desire.”
Medieval sources are important for Murals at Albi and Ancient Sources have also been a significant influence in other works
Chronophagos for Two Pianos uses melody fragments from Greek stele and papyri__________Premiered & recorded by adam swayne & terence allbright on october 22ND, 2011 AT CHAPEL OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER
”…a significant contribution to the repertoire.”
Epinikia I – II – III – composed in 2011-12 for the forthcoming Cultural Olympiad and the Cool Fusion Project.
Written for wind instruments, double bass piano and percussion, the Epinikia are based around edited texts from Pindar’s Olympian Odes (in translation). My approach to these works was as an illustrator rather than as an ‘expresser’ of words, as in a song.
The poetry is either sung or spoken metrically by a Khoros of three actors.
Epinikian I is due to be performed in London during The Games:
Also, in the same concerts, one of my olympian fanfares (Canzonae OLYMPIAE) will be performed. I wrote two for brass quartet and percussion.
follow the links for details and to hear music extracts
The Trojan Women – Incidental music
Nine Scenes from Cinderella – small ensemble with Narrator; text William Gilbert after Perrault
The Pardoner’s Tale – an opera in one act; libretto by William Gilbert (after Chaucer)
Gulliver – an operatic musical in two acts based on Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; libretto by Thelma Hedley/William Gilbert
The Bayeux Tapestry – two act opera tracing the narrative of the eponymous tapestry which features as the revolving background to the opera; Libretto: William Gilbert
The Very Hungry Caterpillar –five minute setting of Eric Carle’s children’s story complete with role for bendy caterpillar prop
Toured in normandy being performed in english at a number of selected primary schools.
The Pardoner’s Tale in rehearsal at Herstmonceux Castle
Felix Beacher as The Pardoner The Rioters have found Death!
The production was conducted by Steve Dummer and directed by Ian Gledhill (OPERA SOUTH AMONG OTHERS) and was funded by ‘awards for all’
A theme running through much of my work is that of memory
The String Quartet II from the 70s has a sub-title ‘Memory & Premonition’ .
music itself draws on memory for its creation as well as its COMPREHENSION.
Listening to a piece of music, we have to attend to and recall what has already gone in order to make full sense of what follows.
Premiered by The Sussex String Quartet in a concert which featured Steve Dummer in Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A at The Hawth Studio, Crawley in 1986; it was subsequently performed also by The Kingfisher Quartet and, recently, by The Regency Quartet at Sussex University Chapel.
Works such as Chronophagos and Epinikia and The Murals at Albi draw on music from the distant past and tap into the historical memory.
The solo piano works, Freeze Frames, are rooted in PERSONAL memories:
1 . . . Cortège
2 . . . Close-up
3 . . . Soft focus
4 . . . Dissolve
Historical memory is also
present in The Bayeux Tapestry
Opera itself allows exploration of immediate and distant memory
Performances – my work has had excellent performances over several years and I am indebted to many including:-
pianists Glen Capra, Ray Luck, Anthony Green and Adam Swayne
clarinettists and conductors Murray Khouri and Steve Dummer and lazslo heltay
violinist Ellie Blackshaw and Andy Sherwood
flautist Alison Back
singers Debbie Bridge and Alison Swayne
among many others as well as ensembles –
Talkestra (dir Steve Dummer)
The Kingfisher Quartet
The Regency Ensemble
Musicians of All Saints (with Andrew Sherwood)
The Brake Drum Assembly
The Sussex Quartet
the london contemporary chamber orchestra
Selected from Catalogue
Sequentia super De Profundis (cello)
Mr Jenner His Air and Ground (guitar)
Four Freeze-Frames for Piano
Study for Piano (Roulette Boogie)
Four Little Ostinato Studies for Piano
In Nomine Antonius Viridis (solo piano)
Music for Piano with Two Clarinets
Sonata for Violin & Piano
String Quartets I, II & III
The Epiphanies of Silence I (vln, cello, flt, clarinet)
The Epiphanies of Silence II – Piano Quintet (pfte,cello,violin,clarinet, horn)
The Murals at Albi (clrt/bass-clar,guitar,dble-bass,perc)
“Opera” for Percussion
KA-BU-KI for Percussion Ensemble
Sinfonia – “Poles Apart” for Orchestra
Sinfonia Concertante for Small Orchestra
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra – “The Song Lines”
Songs for Theo (clar, perc & pre-recorded track)
Tango Lava (vln, electric gtr, pfte & perc)
Triptych for Wind Quintet
Quintus for Wind Quintet
Chronophagos for Two Pianos
Improvisation from Marcus Aurelius (soprano and viola)
Memorial (Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun/soprano + pfte)
CoventryCarol – (SATB+Treble, pfte/organ)
Christmas Carol from Carmina Gadelica (SATB)
Full Fathom Five (SATB + pfte)
o, magnum mysterium (piano + S (trebles) A
Works for Theatre
Gulliver – two-act operatic musical/original libretto by Thelma Hedley, revised by William Gilbert
The Pardoner’s Tale – one-act hour long opera/libretto by William Gilbert after Chaucer
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – six minute music theatre work for children based on the story by Eric Carle
Incidental Music for The Trojan Women (Euripides)
TheBayeuxTapestry – two act opera
Three Epinikia for Ensemble and Khoros (text from Olympian Odes of Pindar)
Cendrillon (after Perrault) – chamber ensemble
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