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GWYN PRITCHARD

 
CATALOGUE OF WORKS

 

 

(VNM) = Published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin
(CE) = Available from Camerata Editions, London

ORCHESTRAL WORKS

FOREST (VNM)     
     2.2.2.2:2.2.2.0:tmp:2perc:hrp:strings (10'30") 2017

            Commissioned by Weimar Spring Contemporary Music Days
            1st perf. Scheduled  April 2018;  Jenaer Philharmonie, conducted by Markus Frank

THE FIRMAMENT OF TIME (VNM) Listen: extracts 1    extracts 2 
     3.3.3.3:4.3.3.1:tmp:4perc:hrp:strings (20') 2008
            Commissioned by the BBC
            1st perf: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London; January 2009; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker
            "…purposeful, even ceaseless transformation…the correlation of incidental detail within the overall picture was
            finely controlled…expressive immediacy"
(classicalsource.com)

LA SETTIMA BOLGIA (VNM)     Listen: 4 extracts     
     3.3.3.3:4.3.3.1:tmp:5perc:2hrps:strings (14'30") 1989

            1st perf: Southampton International New Music Week 1989; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 
            conducted by Kees Bakels
           " .. always in fluctuating, often turbulent motion...brilliantly scored." (The Guardian) 
           "A firm sense of direction...vividly imagined and realised." (Independent)

MERCURIUS [orchestral version] (VNM)     Listen: 3 extracts
     1.1.1.1:1.0.0.0:hrp:strings (9') 1989
(adapted from chamber ensemble version of 1979) 
            1st perf: Southampton International New Music Week 1989; Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conducted by Kees Bakels
            "A piece of many layers, shades, contrasts and transformations, as unpredictable as quicksilver, and just as
            captivating in its elusive manner" (Contact)
            "Austere, delicate patterns..." (Sunday Times)

IN THE SILENCE OF TURNED EARTH (VNM)    
      solo soprano, solo violin & strings (11') 2010

            Commissioned for the Sofia Soloists, Bulgaria
            1st perf: Sofia, Bulgaria, September 2010; Vania Vatralova-Stankov, Ivo Stankov, Sofia Soloists, 
            conducted by Plamen Djouroff

SPRING MUSIC (CE)    
      1.1.1.1:0.2.1.0:3perc:pno:hrp:strings (16') 1972

           
Commissioned by The BBC

CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND ORCHESTRA (CE)  
     viola solo:2.1.2.1:2.1.0.0:timp:celesta:strings (16') 1967, revised 1984
           
1st perf: Royal Scottish Academy of Music 1968; soloist James Durrant
 

INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES: MIXED

HARMONIEMUSIK (VNM)     Listen: 3 extracts  
     2.0.1.2sax:1.1.2.1:1perc:pf:e-gtr.b-gtr (12') 2009

           
1st perf:
Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, Netherlands; October 2010; Orkest 'de ereprijs', conducted by Wim Boerman

THE FRUIT OF CHANCE AND NECESSITY (VNM)     Listen: 3 extracts 
     solo 'cello:1.1.1.1:1.1.1.0:accrdn.:solo strings (16') 2004

           
Commissioned by Barry Noble
            1st perf: City Theatre, Basel, Switzerland; November 2004 at the ISCM World Music Days; soloist Beat Schneider 
            with Ensemble Phoenix conducted by Jürg Henneberger

MERCURIUS [chamber version] (CE)  
     wind quintet, string quartet, harp (9') 1979

           
1st perf: University of York 1979; conducted by Peter Wiegold
            Sparkling fragments of dialogue tossed about in explosive flashes...constantly changing mood (The Times)

EARTHCRUST (VNM 
     eight percussionists & piano (21') 1980 (revised 2015)
            1st perf: Potsdam, New York 1982; Crane Percussion Ensemble, conducted by James Petercsak

KOMMOS (VNM)     Listen: 3 extracts 
     oboe, 2 violins, viola, 'cello, doublebass, piano (10') 2011

           
Commissioned by Daegu Contemporary  Music Festival, S Korea
            1st perf
. scheduled June 2011; Eclat conducted by Jin Soo Kim

STRATA (CE)  
     2 flutes, 2 clarinets, string trio (12') 1977

           
Commissioned by Hotwells Music Workshop
            1st perf: SPNM's 'Alive and Composing', London 1980; conducted by Buxton Orr

ENSEMBLE MUSIC FOR SIX (CE)     Listen: complete work
     flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, 'cello (6') 1976

           
1st perf: Arnolfini, Bristol 1976; conducted by Peter Wiegold
            "...wonderfully idiomatic" (musicalpointers.co.uk)

PRINCE ACHMED IN CHINA (VNM)  
     flute, clariniet, 'cello, guitar, accordion & piano (13'30") 2011
           
1st perf: Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, 2012;  Ensemble Marges

NEPHALAUXIS (VNM)  
     string quartet, 2 percussionists (15') 1977
           
1st perf: Warsaw Autumn Festival 1979; Royal Lazienki Quartet, Marta Ptaszynska, Hubert Rutkowski
            "...striking piece" (Contact)

THE VISIONS OF ZOSIMOS (CE)  
     flute/alto, clarinet/bass, percussion, string trio (18') 1981
            Commissioned for its inaugural concert by Uroboros Ensemble
            1st perf: October Gallery, London 1982; Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

LOLLAY, LOLLAY (CE)  
    
cor anglais, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, viola, 'cello (13') 1983

            Commissioned by Uroboros Ensemble
           
1st perf: 1983; Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard
            ".
. cunningly evoked the terrifying conception of a lilting lullaby, and the darkness behind its apparent innocence."
 
            (Robert Saxton on Music in Our Time, BBC Radio 3)

MOONDANCE (CE)  
     solo clarinet, string trio, percussion (20') 1982

           
Commissioned by Angela Malsbury
            1st perf: Arnolfini, Bristol 1982; Angela Malsbury, Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard
           
"..ranged from deeply lyrical solos to frenzied 'Pierrot Lunaire' atmospheres, encapsulating in music everything
            one could associate with nocturnal adventure. Most definitely the highlight...successfully captivated the 
            audience.
" (Venue)

CHAMBER CONCERTO (CE)  
     solo piano, flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, 'cello (14') 1985

           
Commissioned for Allan Schiller
            1st perf: St John's Smith Square, London 1986; Allan Schiller, Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard
            "..an accomplished work" (Tempo)

MADRIGAL (VNM      Listen: 2 extracts 
     flute/piccolo/alto, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet/bass, percussion, harp (12') 1987/8
           
Commissioned by Uroboros Ensemble
            1st perf: The Michael Tippett Centre, Bath 1989; Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard
            "..discipline and formal simplicity ... dryly expressive, like neo-classical Stravinsky." (The Times)

WAYANG (VNM)    Listen: 3 extracts
     flute/alto/piccolo, clarinet/bass, piano, percussion, 'cello (13') 1993
            Commissioned by The Basle Soloists
            1st perf: Quebec, Canada 1993; The Basle Soloists, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

NEBULAE AND EPISODES (VNM     Listen: 3 extracts 
     alto sax., violin, 'cello, percussion, piano (13'30") 2005

           
1st perf: The Warehouse, London 2007; Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard
           
"...as the music breathed gently...it found an elusive dialogue..." (New Notes)

DEMISE (CE)       Listen: 3 extracts 
     percussion trio, piano, live electronics (
18'30") 1994
            Commissioned by The Basle Percussion Trio
            1st perf: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 1994; The Basle Percussion Trio, Daniel Cholette
, Alex Buess
           
"..made a strong case for further airings." (The Independent)

COLOURING IN (VNM)    Listen: 3 extracts
    
recorders, pan flute/bass pan flute, percussion, viola, accordion (6'30")  2015
            Commissioned by Weimar Spring Contemporary Music Days
         1st perf: 
BKA Theatre, Berlin, 2015; Black Pencil

FEATURES AND FORMATIONS (VNM)     Listen: extract     View pages
     solo violin, flute, clarinet, 'cello (10'30") 2003
            Commissioned by the 1st Reggello International Festival of Music, Italy
            1st perf: Reggello International Festival of Music, Italy 2003; Darragh Morgan solo violin with Uroboros Ensemble,
            conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

NIGHTFALL (VNM)     Listen: 2 extracts  
    
flute/alto, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, 'cello ( 11'00")  2011
            Commissioned for Ex Novo Ensemble, Venice, Italy
            1st perf. October 17th, 2011; La Fenice, Venice

EVOLUTION (VNM)     Listen: complete work  
     flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello (
4'40")  2014
            Commissioned for London Ear Festival
            1st perf. London Ear festival, 2014; The London Sinfonietta

ARIEL DREAMING (VNM)  
     recorders, cimbalom, percussion, accordion (9') 2010
            1st perf:  Weimar Spring Contemporary Music Days, 2010; Ensemble Kozmosz

OBJECTS IN SPACE (VNM)       Listen: 2 extracts
     clarinet, harp, percussion (1
2') 1978
           
1st perf: Purcell Room, London 1978; Gemini, conducted by Peter Wiegold
           
"..a taught and well pointed structure, and sonorities that were never arbitrary or redundant." (The Guardian)

RES (VNM)     Listen: complete work
     violin,'cello & piano (4'15") 2011
            1st perf:  Salzburg, November 2011;  Members of oenm 
            "...profound... melancholic work." (Bunder Tagblatt, Chur, Switzerland)

MEIN HERR KATZER'S TOYE (VNM)
     viola, double bass & marimba (5') 2015
            1st perf:  Ranspiele Festival, Zepernick, Berlin 2015
             (for Georg Katzer's 80th birthday)
                            

 INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES: HOMOGENEOUS

 EARTHCRUST (VNM 
    
eight percussionists & piano (21') 1980 (revised 2015)
           
1st perf
of earlier version: Potsdam, New York 1982;  Crane Percussion Ensemble conducted by James Peterszak
     
      1st perf of revised version: Hagenthal-le-Bas, France 2015; Decibells conducted by Domenico Melchiorre

EIDOS (CE)      Listen: 2 extracts 
     six percussionists (15') 1990
           
Commissioned by International Percussion Workshops, Poland
            1st perf: Bydgoszcz, Poland 1990; directed by Stephen Schick

 TETRAD (CE)  
     four flutes (7') 1976

BREAK APART (CE)  
     four percussionists: xylophone & marimba soli, two sets of drums (8') 1995
           
Commissioned by Siegfried Kutterer
            1st perf: Festival Schlaglichter 96, Birsfelden, Switzerland 1996; André Morin & The Basle Percussion Trio

CONFLUX (CE)  
    
four bassoons (5') 2008
           
1st perf:
Rheinsberg, Germany, 2008;  Quadriga Bassoon Ensemble

GRAVITY (VNM 
    
four
trombones (6') 2016
           
1st perf:
Ranspiele Festival, Zepernick, Berlin 2015;  Tromba Nova

DAS MYSTERIUM DER HEILIGEN DREIFALTIGKEIT (CE)  
     three percussionists - theatre piece (2') 1995
           
Commissioned by the Basle Percussion Trio
            1st perf: Basle City Theatre 1995; The Basle Percussion Trio
 

INSTRUMENTAL DUOS

TANGENTS (CE)  
     'cello & piano (5') 1969
           
Commissioned by Paul Pulford
            1st perf: Royal Scottish Academy of Music 1969; Paul Pulford & Stewart Robertson

MUSIC FOR DOUBLE BASS AND HARP (VNM)       Listen: 2 extracts 
     (6'30") 1969
 
           1st perf: BBC Christchurch Studios, Bristol 1972; Jack Goldzweig & Meinir Heulyn
             "Carefully crafted... a vivid image of sound" (Neue Musikzeitung)

DUO WITH A YOUNG GIRL (CE)  
    
viola & piano (12') 1980
           
Commissioned by Philip Clark
            1st perf: Auckland, New Zealand 1981; Philip Clark & Brian Sayer

JANUS (VNM)    Listen: 3 extracts        View pages
     flute/piccolo/alto & clarinet/Eflat/bass (13'30") 1991
            Commissioned for Philippe Racine & Ernesto Molinari and performed by them at the Huddersfield Contemporary 
            Music Festival 1994
            1st perf: West of England tour 1991; Ingrid Culliford & Roger Heaton
             "..highly entertaining, brilliantly written, captivating virtuosity." (Dreh Punkt Kultur, Salzburg)

CANZONETTA ELUSIVA (CE)  
    
mandolin & doublebass (4') 1995
           
Commissioned by Sandy Mills

IN PASSING (VNM 
     flute & marimba (6') 2005
           
Commissioned by The Corsham Festival
            1st perf: Corsham Festival 2005; Kate Kelly & Amy Kelly

SONG FOR ICARUS (VNM)     Listen: 4 extracts    View pages
     flute & violin (15'20") 2006
            Commissioned by Carin Levine & David Alberman
            1st perf: Weimar Spring Contemporary Music Days 2006, Germany; Carin Levine & David Alberman

 GAME (CE)  
     flute & marimba and small percussion (open form 1'30" to 3'') 2007
 

INSTRUMENTAL SOLOS

INTERMEZZO (VNM)     Listen: complete work
   
  solo flute (4'30") 1992
            1st perf: London 2002; Nancy Ruffer
            "The music is full of colour, contrast and expression...very much a piece with a meaning which has much to 
            offer both the player and the listener...an excellent recital piece." (PAN, journal of the British Flute Society)

POUR LE MUSICIEN DE SAINT-MERRY     Listen: complete work
   
  solo flute (5'15")  2011
            (Included in an anthology of short pieces for solo flute published in 2011 by Edizioni Sconfinarte, Italy)
            1st perf: Blackheath Halls, London October 2011; Jenni Hogan (flute)

The following two items may be performed as a single work under the title 'Two Capricci'

CAPRICCIO INQUIETO (VNM)     Listen: complete work
    
solo oboe (
4'30")
2006
            1st perf: Kingston University 2007; Christopher Redgate

CAPRICCIO FLUIDO (VNM)     Listen: complete work
     solo oboe (5'15") 2010
           1st perf: musikFabrik studio, Cologne, Germany  2012; Peter Veale 

EPYLLION (VNM) 
    
solo oboe (5'15") 2011
            1st perf: Randspiele, Zepernick, Berlin  2011; Yu-Pei Wang

NOCTURNE (VNM)     Listen: extract
     solo clarinet (4'30") 1982
           1st perf: Philharmionic Hall, Ljubljana, Slovenia  2007; Uros Rojko

NOCTURNE (VNM)
     solo saxophone (4'30") 2015 (arrangement of the above)

FIVE MINIATURES (VNM 
    
solo violin (8'30") 1969
           
Commissioned by Gail Harvey
            1st perf: Arbroath, Scotland 1969; Gail Harvey

CONTOURS (CE)  
     solo violin (7') 1972 revised 2002
           
1st perf: Bush Hall, London 2002; Darragh Morgan

NOVELETTE   
    
solo violin (
4') 2011
 
            (Included in an anthology of short pieces for solo violin, published in 2011 by Edizioni Sconfinarte, Italy)

TWO MOVEMENTS FOR SOLO VIOLA (VNM)
     solo viola (6') 2007
            1st perf: Sala Filarmonica, Trento, Italy 2007; Maurizio Barbetti

TWO MOVEMENTS FOR SOLO VIOLIN (VNM)
    
Transcription of the above work    
    
solo violin (6') 2007

RICORRENZA (VNM)
    
solo violoncello (10') 2009

        
 1st perf: Ran
dspiele, Zepernick, Berlin  2013; Ulrike Brand
            "Extended, gesturally rich and technically demanding solo piece with brilliant passagework...Lively rhythms. 
            The trained cellist reveals himself in the idiomatic instrumental writing and the precisely notated playing instructions."  
            (Neue Musikzeitung)  

SONATA FOR GUITAR (VNM) 
     solo guitar (1
6') 1982
            1st perf: Festival 'Il Tempo Sospeso', Abruzzo, Italy 2005; Maurizio Grandinetti

DRAMALOGUE (CE)    Listen
     solo percussion (11') 1984
            Commissioned by Elizabeth Davis
            1st perf: British Music Information Centre 1984; Elizabeth Davis

PROCESSIONAL (VNM)    Listen
     solo
cymbalom (6') 2013
    
        1st perf: Festival 'Pyramidale', Berlin  November 2013; Enikö Ginzery

FIVE SHORT PIECES FOR PIANO (VNM)     Listen: complete work
    
solo piano (7') 1975

           
1st perf: Brno, Czechoslovakia 1979; Jaroslav Pokorny
           "
..colourful, imaginative, modern and very playable." (PIANOnews)

RAUM GREIFT AUS (CE)    Listen: 3 extracts 
     solo piano (17') 1996
            Commissioned by Nicolas Hodges
            1st perf: St Georges Brandon Hill, Bristol 1996; Nicolas Hodges
           
"A substantial piece, palpably honest in its music-making and most effectively written for the instrument...an 
            ambitious piece...
"
(Tempo)

FROM TIME TO TIME (VNM)     Listen: complete work    View pages
     solo piano (6') 1999
            Commissioned by Ian Pace

            1st perf: Bristol University 1999; Ian Pace

All the pieces entitled Micropus may be played individually or, in any order, as a continuous set.
            "A collection of six meticulously elaborate miniatures of varying length and style; fragment to sophisticated character 
            piece, of considerable compositional diversity.... The first volume of these imaginative micro-pieces [nos.1-6] shows 
            the hand of an experienced and professional composer."  (Neue Musikzeitung)   

MICROPUS 1 (VNM) 
     solo piano (1'30") 2002
            1st perf: Essen, Germany 2008; Ian Pace

MICROPUS 2 (VNM) 
    
solo piano (1'30") 2003
            1st perf: Essen, Germany 2008; Ian Pace

MICROPUS 3 (VNM) 
     solo piano (1') 2008
            1st perf: Essen, Germany 2008; Ian Pace

MICROPUS 4 (VNM) 
     solo piano (1'10") 2008
            1st perf: Essen, Germany 2008; Ian Pace

MICROPUS 5 (VNM) 
    
solo piano (1'10") 2009
            1st perf: Borealis Festival, Norway, 2010

MICROPUS 6 (VNM) 
    
solo piano (1'45") 2010
            1st perf:
Le Murate, Florence, Italy 2012; Gregorio Nardi

TIDE (VNM)     Listen: 2 extracts 
     solo piano (
7') 2014
            1st perf:
Wigmore Hall, London, 2014; Jenna Sung
            "...the core idea is formed very aptly, but lets you feel free to respond." Robert Nemecek in PIANOnews (Germany)
             

WORKS WITH VOICE(S)

BECOMING (CE)
    
soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute/piccolo/alto, sax., 2 per, harp, 'cello, bass (13'30") 1974
     Text: various poets

THREE SONGS OF MASS AND MOTION (VNM)     Listen: Song 3  
     soprano, accordion & double bass (9'30")   2014

      Text by the composer
            Commissioned for London Ear festival
            1st perf. London Ear festival, 2014; Antje Marta Schäffer, Franka Herwig & Matthias Bauer

TO JARDENNA (CE)
      flute, percussion, narrator (10') 1978 
             Commissioned by, and text by Renate Kelly
            1st perf: Arnolfini, Bristol 1983; Sebastian Bell, Elizabeth Davis & Renate Kelly
            ..nervously atonal, striving, reflective... (Independent)

ENITHARMON (VNM)     Listen 3 extracts
     mezzo-soprano & piano (8') 1973
      Text: William Blake
            1st perf: St Giles, Cripplegate, London 1998; Susan Anderson & Nicolas Hodges
             "...extremely appealing and sensitive...a gratifying work to sing and hear...the vocal writing is beautifully supple 
            
and idiomatic throughout the piece." (Jane Manning in New Vocal Repertory [pub: OUP])
          
   "...The poetic text of Blake is translated into wide, freely swaying melodic lines." (Neue Musikzeitung)

FORSE MI STAI CHIAMANDO (CE)     Listen: 2 extracts 
     mezzo-soprano & cello (6') 1997
     Text: Pinuccia Amodei
            1st perf: Banff, Canada 2000

LUCHNOS (VNM)    Listen: 2 extracts
    
6 solo voices (s.s.a.t.bar.b.) (3') 2007
     
Text: Paulus Silentiarius

           1st perf: Festival Pramidale 6, Berlin 2007;  Vox Nostra
          "Pritchard's short but powerful Luchnos..." (musicalcriticism.com)

...WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? (VNM)
      female voice & stereo electronic track (5'20") 2016 
            Commissioned by
Alwynne Pritchard
           
1st perf: Pyramidale Festival, Berlin, 2016; Alwynne Pritchard 

CATFISH IN AUTUMN (VNM)
      soprano & baritone (5') 2016 
      Text: Gwyn Pritchard 
            Commissioned
René Wohlhauser & Christine Simolka
            1st perf:
Musikakademie Basel, 2016, by the commissioners          

ARRANGEMENTS & TRANSCRIPTIONS

FOUR PIECES FROM THE 14TH CENTURY (CE)
    
oboe, clarinet, percussion, harp, viola, 'cello (12') 1983
 
           1st perf: Arnolfini, Bristol 1983; Uroboros Ensemble, conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

THREE PIECES FROM THE 14TH CENTURY (CE)
     clarinet, percussion, harp (9') 1985
           
1st perf: St Davids Hall, Cardiff 1985; Uroboros Ensemble

FIVE POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS (CE)
     choir (s.a.t.b.), flute, piano, strings (15') 1987
           
1st perf: Bristol 1987; conducted by Gwyn Pritchard

FIVE THREE-PART INVENTIONS OF J S BACH (CE)
    
flute, oboe, marimba
           
1st perf: Castle Cary 1987; Uroboros Ensemble

STILL GROWING - FOLK SONG (CE)
    
voice & piano (3') 1989

FOUR SHAKESPEARE SETTINGS AFTER THOMAS ARNE (CE)
    
mezzo-soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet, harp, viola (15') 1991
           
1st perf: 1991; Claudia Klasicka & Uroboros Ensemble

LEA;  PERCHÈ NON SEI CON ME;  TI VOGLIO ORA (CE)
     voice & piano (5') 1995
      3 Italian 'light-popular' songs.
Texts & melodic ideas by Giuseppe Galli

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