Solo works

Works listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first) in each category

Piano

Indian Loop (2021)

for solo piano

Duration: c. 2 minutes

Full score here


Eroica Variation (2019)

for solo piano

Duration: c. 2 minutes

Full score here

Based on variation IV of Beethoven’s Eroica Variations, Op. 35

First performed by Giordano Ferla at Cardiff University Concert Hall on 17 November 2019

17.11.19CARDIFFUniversity Concert HallGiordano Ferla

Scarlatti Remix (2018)

for solo piano

Duration: c. 3 minutes

Full score here

From Domenico Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonata, K.555


ze ze ze kuluse (2001, revised 2014)

for solo piano

Duration: 4 minutes

Full score here

A re-working of a traditional harp tune performed by the Nbaka people from the Central African Republic. The original tune, ‘ze ze ze kuluse’ (Spirit of the ancestors), is associated with ancestor worship and is performed on a large arched ten-string lute. In this version, the original harp tune undergoes a number of different variations within 24 repeated sections.


Concertino (1991)

for solo piano

Duration: c. 5 minutes

Full score here

This work began in 1989 as a solo piano composition for American choreographer Scott Clark. The work was developed in 1991 for another dance and music project about the meeting in America in 1953 between Igor Stravinsky and Dylan Thomas to discuss a new opera. Whilst not quoting or referring to Stravinsky’s own music, Concertino shares with it an energy as well as a bright neo-classical harmonic language.

First performed by David Appleton at the  Sherman Arena Theatre, Cardiff on 9 December 1994

09.12.94CARDIFFSherman Arena TheatreDavid Appleton

Other instruments

Intonazioni e tre canzone (1986)

solo trombone and tape delays

Duration: 9 minutes

Intonazioni e tre canzone was composed in 1986 for solo trombone with tape delay for Gwyn Daniels. Inspired by the music of Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612), the material explores echo effects in much the same way as Gabrieli’s music for St Mark’s, Venice, which was performed by separate choirs of instruments distributed in the body of the church.

First performed by Ian Torr at Chapter, Cardiff on 28 January 1989

1989CARDIFFChapter TheatreIan Torr

The Indifferent Affair (1981)  

performance piece for solo percussionist, typewriter, table, lamp and tape-delay

Duration: c. 10 minutes

Commissioned by Simon Limbrick with funds provided by the Welsh Arts Council

The Indifferent Affair uses Jean Cocteau’s cabaret Le Bel Indifferent of 1942 as a basis, turning the original concept inside out. The original play of 1930, La Voix Humaine, is in the form of a telephone monologue in which a desperate young woman talks with her ex-lover, by whom she has been jilted. Barber’s piece is conceived from the male’s angle, the virtuosity of its model being taken one stage further by presenting it as a ‘dumb show’. Here the final severing of the affair is carried out not by telephone, but on a typewriter. (Peter Reynolds)

First performed by Simon Limbrick at the New Half Moon Theatre, London on 25 April 1981

25.04.81LONDONNew Half Moon TheatreSimon Limbrick
21.08.81CARDIFFChapter TheatreSimon Limbrick
25.08.81EDINBURGHChaplaincy CentreSimon Limbrick
27.08.81EDINBURGHChaplaincy CentreSimon Limbrick
28.08.81EDINBURGHChaplaincy CentreSimon Limbrick
30.08.81EDINBURGHChaplaincy Centre Simon Limbrick
04.05.84 CARDIFF Chapter TheatreDominic Hackett
05.05.84CARDIFF Chapter TheatreDominic Hackett
15.05.84COVENTRYWarwick University Arts CentreDominic Hackett
16.05.84HEANORSouth East Derbyshire CollegeDominic Hackett
17.05.84BLACKBURNSchool of ArtDominic Hackett
18.05.84STOCKTONDovecot Arts CentreDominic Hackett
20.05.84DURHAMTrevelyan CollegeDominic Hackett
21.05.84HULLSpring Street TheatreDominic Hackett
22.05.84BARNSLEYNorthern CollegeDominic Hackett
23.05.84NOTTINGHAMMidland GroupDominic Hackett
24.05.84OXFORDMuseum of Modern ArtDominic Hackett
25.05.84BRISTOLArnolfiniDominic Hackett
26.05.84LONDONAir GalleryDominic Hackett
28.01.89CARDIFFChapter TheatrePhil Girling

ze ze ze kuluse (2001, revised 2014)

for solo harp

Duration: 4 minutes

Full score here

A re-working of a traditional harp tune performed by the Nbaka people from the Central African Republic. The original tune, ‘ze ze ze kuluse’ (Spirit of the ancestors), is associated with ancestor worship and is performed on a large arched ten-string lute. In this version, the original harp tune undergoes a number of different variations within 24 repeated sections.


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