Geoffrey Alvarez: Wind & Brass


 

 

 

Reed Bed: symphonie pastorale in two chapters

for clarinet ensemble

 

Instrumentation

 

Soprano Clarinet in E flat,  3 Clarinets in B flat, Alto Clarinet in E flat,

2 Bass Clarinets in B flat, Contra Bass Clarinet in B flat.

 

The first chapter of the work may be performed alone

or with the second chapter following immediately.

 

Composed in consultation with Phyllis Champion

and members of the Cambridge Clarinet Choir.

 

sample score • digital realisation • Duration 19′ 37″

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Symphony IV - nishmet chayim: for wind ensemble

 

Instrumentation as for Mozart Gran Partita K.361 

 

2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B flat, 2 Basset Horns, 2 Horns in F,

2 Basso Horns in B flat * 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon.

 

* Alternative parts available for Double Horn

 

Composed in consultation with Phyllis Champion and members of Whiteacre Winds

under the direction of the composer in the Library of SOAS-Cambridge.

 

sample score • digital realisation • Duration 25′ 35″

 

Cover illustration ‘dying breath’ reproduced with kind permission of the artist Cara Walz.

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Symphony VI - Elisha’s Star: for brass band

 

sample score • digital realisation • Duration c. 16

 

Instrumentation

 

Soprano Cornet, Solo Cornet, Repiano Cornet, 2nd Cornet, 3rd Cornet, Flugel, Solo Horn, 1st Horn, 2nd Horn, 1st Baritone, 2nd Baritone, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium E flat, Bass B flat Bass Two percussionists: Timpani Drum set Mambo bell Vibraphone Tamtam Cymbals

 

Symphony VI½ - Elisha’s Star: for brass ensemble,

percussion and organ

 

sample score • digital realisation • Duration c. 16

 

Instrumentation

 

Horn in F, Trumpet in D, 3 Trumpets in B flat, 3 Tenor Trombones ,Bass Trombone, Tuba Organ , Two percussionists: Timpani Drum set: Mambo bell, three Tom-toms, Pedal Bass Drum, Vibraphone, Tamtam.

 

This version was prepared in collaboration with Prime Brass director

Christopher Lawrence and members of the ensemble.

 

First Performance of version for orchestral brass and organ:

Prime Brass - November 7th, Ely Cathedral

Conductor - Paul Trepte Organ soloist - Edmund Aldhouse

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St Paul’s Shipwreck and Serpent

 

excerpt • digital realisation • 35′ 39″

 

In 2011, I was invited to adjudicate a composers’ competition on Malta. The dramatic nature of the natural ochre landscape and the human monuments, from the  megalithic temple to the Great Mother, Ħaġar Qim, to the huge Caravaggio canvass - The Beheading of John the Baptist - inspired local composers to write works of burning intensity of cyclopean scale, many refusing to blindly adopt the current contemporary trends. The godfather of this current Maltese school was Charles Camilleri. I was aware that Kevin Bowyer had made distinguished pioneering recordings of the works of this composer, so it seemed natural to dedicate a new work to Kevin inspired by the individuality of the Maltese muse. Home to the Grand Masters of the Knights Templar, it is not surprising that many islanders continue to profess a strong Catholic faith. A work drawing on St Paul's shipwreck on Malta seemed inevitable.

 

The saint is represented by a quote from the plainsong versicle of the Alleluia from the Mass for Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle beginning Sancte Paule Apostole... D G G A G F etc. As the storm rages, his diatonic ‘innocence’ is destroyed chromatically, by thickening with parallel harmonies, thematic development and canonic presentation.

 

The point of departure for the work was the opening pedal solo suggesting the brooding anger of the sea which boils over into leaping figures - accompanied in the upper voices with dissonant harmonies - redolent of storm clouds: it is heard 10 times in total throughout the work, each time with harmonisations representing different atmospheric states. It is only at the end of the piece, after stylised thunderbolts alluding to Messiaen’s Dieu parmi nous figure, and further turbulence, that the leaping figure is finally drenched with blazing Mediterranean sun, whilst the spirit of Tippett sings as Noah's messenger-bird, hovering over the face of the waters at earlier moments of relative repose.

 

This arrangement for organ and orchestral brass brings an additional programmatic element to the structure: a serpent... 

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Brass Etchings

for brass quintet

 

sample score • recording • 9′ 08″

 

Composer’s note.

 

This work was awarded the Josiah Parker Composition Prize at the Royal Academy of Music by Edwin Roxburgh in 1984.

 

The piece is based on a seven note diatonic tone-row - suggested by composer Richard Stoker - creating a predominantly jaunty rather than expressionist mood traditionally associated with serial works.

 

It has been performed on several occasions by various ensembles, from a student group at the RAM to the Farnaby Brass Ensemble.

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The Cimmerian Sybil: for Horn Trio • details

 


 

King Solomon’s Monsters: for two clarinets and bassoon

 

peruse and purchase score

 


 

 

 

The Travelling Musicians

a Pantomime for wind quintet

 

peruse and purchase score • duration 25

 

Commissioned by the Harlequin Wind Quintet.

Premiere: Purcell Room 2001

 


 

The Travelling Musicians

a Pantomime

 

sample score (without additional music) • recording • duration 55′

 

Version for wind quintet and unlimited amateur musicians

Dartford Grammar School for Girls, July 6 2000

 

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The Laughing Lotus

wind quintet

 

sample score • recording • 10′

 

Performances

  1. The Oxford University Contemporary Music Society, February 15, 1998

  2. The Oxford University Contemporary Music Ensemble,

  3. Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, May 15 1998

  4. Harlequin Wind Quintet, British Music Information Centre, March 23 1999

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