Instrumental

Viola SonataViola Sonata

  • Instrumentation: Viola and piano
  • Written: 1988
  • Dedicated to: Steven Barnett
  • Audio

The first piece where what I think of as my voice really sounded out. Given its first performance in 1993 by Deborah Kemp.

DislocationDislocations

  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Written: 1994
  • Audio

A short, and deliberately jarring piano piece.  The title really sums up the approach, which is to establish a mosaic of fragments which fly around chaotically, the only repeating element being a nearly mindless ‘waltz’.

Violin SonataViolin Sonata

  • Instrumentation: Violin and piano
  • Written: 2008
  • Dedicated to: Louise Cawte
  • Score and audio excerpt (viewing / listening free; score available for purchase at $9.95)

This started life as a flute sonata, but I thought it worked rather well this way, especially as the soloist is playing almost continuously, which might have been tricky on a wind instrument.

FlautistMovement

  • Instrumentation: Flute and piano
  • Written: 2010
  • Dedicated to: Louise Cawte
  • Audio

Written to prove to Louise that I could write tonal music if I wanted to.  It’s just that I don’t want to.


RecorderRecorder sonatina

  • Instrumentation: Sopranino recorder and piano
  • Written: 2010
  • Score and audio excerpt (viewing / listening free; score available for purchase at $5.95)

A short but tempestuous work.  The first movement is possibly the most aggressive thing I’ve ever done.  Imagine Hindemith, but more so.

 

ViolaMovement

  • Instrumentation: Viola and piano
  • Written: 2010
  • Dedicated to: Vicky Green
  • Score and audio (viewing / listening free; score available for purchase at $3.95)

A short and somewhat gloomy piece.  Uses elements of serialism, but, as usual for me, it isn’t very rigorous.

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  1. Deborah Kemp
    25 January, 2014 at 17:32

    Hi Julian, This is Deborah Kemp who gave the first performance of your Viola Sonata in 1993. Fascinated to find all this online. Do drop me a line and let me know how the Sonata fared after this. Still a viola player, so interested in what else you have written for viola!

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