vocal and choral

THE MAN WHO STEALS BEHIND ME (2021) 

FISHING   LIZA   THE DORMANT BARN  THE MAN WHO STEALS BEHIND ME

Settings of four poems by Stephen Plaice for Tenor & Piano

Duration ca. 15’30”

THE BEATITUDES (2020)

A setting of the Biblical text for Choir (SATB) with Organ (opt)

Composed for and first performed by New Hall School Senior Choir, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, February 2020.

Duration ca. 4’

 

DANCING WITH A SHADOW OF MYSELVES – VARIATIONS ON AN IDEA OF A MAN WITH AT LEAST A BLUE HEAD (2020)

Soprano. Clarinet in Bb & Piano, including a setting of stanza XXXIII from The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens

Private recording made by Yvonne Patrick, soprano, Steve Dummer, clarinet & Christopher Langworthy, piano, West Sussex, November 2020.

Duration ca. 8’30”

  

AND IN THE GREEN-WOODS (THE UNQUIET GRAVE) (2019)

A setting of the traditional Sussex poem ‘How Cold the Wind Doth Blow’ for Contralto OR Bass-baritone & Piano

Duration ca. 6’

  

THE LORD’S PRAYER (2019)

A setting of the Christian text for Choir (SATB) & Piano and revised for Choir (SATB) & Organ

Duration ca. 4’

  

NIGHT SONGS (2019)

THE SICK ROSE   STRANGER VIOLIN   DUSK

Settings of poems by William Blake, Rainer Marie Rilke (trans. Stephen Plaice) and Gabriela Mistral for Choir (SATB) & Violin   

Duration ca. 10’

READ: Night Songs – score excerpt

LATE MUSES (2015)

MIDSUMMER MOON    THE VINTAGE    AUGUST    IN VERONA PERHAPS

Settings of four poems by Stephen Plaice for Mezzo-soprano. Clarinet in A & Piano

Duration ca. 26’

  

SAY WHAT IS LOVE (2014)

A setting of the poem by John Clare for Baritone & Piano

First performed by Jack Redman, baritone, and Christopher Langworthy, piano, Lancing College, West Sussex, May 2015.

Duration ca. 3’

  

LINES FROM BRYN WGAN: PRELUDE, SONGS AND POSTLUDE (2011)

Posthumous settings of words by Bob Wallbank

PRELUDE   SONG 1 – GREAT BLASKET    SONG 2 – WILD MAN OF THE WOODS    SONG 3 – ONE STEP AT A TIME

SONG 4 – SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED JUST SOUTH OF SOLITUDE   SONG 5 – THE JETTY     POSTLUDE

Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass-baritone soloists & Symphony Orchestra*: 3(I=AFl,II=BFl,III=Picc).SRec(=TeRec).DRec(=BRec).TrRec(=GBRec).2(I=OdA,II=CA).3(II= E b,III=BCl).2(II=CBsn) / 4.3(III=E b).3.Euph.1 / Perc(7):Crot/Glock/Mar/TubB/Vib/Xylo/5TBl/Cyms/2SuspCym/SD/TD/2BD/2Tam/Tamb/5RTom/5Timp/3Tri / Guit.Hp.Pno(=Cel) / Str

Duration ca. 54’

 *currently being revised for Soloists & Chamber Orchestra

 

THREE LOVE SONGS (2008)

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (George Gordon, Lord Byron)  A SONG OF A YOUNG LADY TO HER ANCIENT LOVER (John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester)  LOVE IS LOVE (Sir Edward Dyer)

2 Sopranos & 2 Violins

Duration ca. 18’

 

SONGS FOR OLDEN CHILDREN (2007)

MUSIC THAT BRINGS SWEET SLEEP (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)   CAVALIER (Robert Herrick)   NIGHT PIECE (Robert Hillyer)  THE PENNY WHISTLE (Edward Thomas)  THE FIELDS OF PARADISE (Harold Monro)  THE BALLOONS (Oscar Wilde)  SILVER HOURS (W.H. Davies)

Tenor & Piano

Music that Brings Sweet Sleep, The Penny Whistle & The Fields of Paradise first performed by David Brown, tenor, and Michael Finnissy, piano, Lancing College, West Sussex, March 2010.

Duration ca. 23’

  

TWO CHRISTMAS SONGS (2007)

Settings of poems by Christina Rossetti for Choir (SATB) with Organ or Piano (opt)

CHRISTMAS EVE    CHRISTMAS DAY

First performed by the Choir of Lancing College Chapel, Lancing College, West Sussex, November 2007.

Duration ca. 6’

  

THE CLOUDS THAT ARE SO LIGHT (2002)

A setting of the poem by Edward Thomas for Treble. Horn in F. Violin & Cello; and revised for Treble. Clarinet in A. Violin & Cello

Duration ca. 3’30”

  

NO GAS (1983)

A Blues song for Voice. Trumpet in Bb. Piano, Double Bass & Drums

First performed by Ian Morgan-Williams, piano & voice, Simon Blore, trumpet, Andrew McGuirk, double bass & Clayton Hollins, drums, for Clwyd Dance, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire, October 1983.

Duration ca. 5’

  

TARTAN AND SWORD (1983)

A setting of the poem by Robert Armstrong for Choir (SATB) & Piano

Composed for and first performed by Cantorion Coedpoeth, cond. Graham Marshman, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Denbighshire, July 1983.

Duration ca. 3’30”

  

THIS BREAD I BREAK (1982)

A setting of the poem by Dylan Thomas for Mezzo-soprano & Oboe

First performed by Susan Birley, mezzo-soprano, & Steven Wiggets, oboe, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, March 1982.

Duration ca. 5’