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Philip Grange 2014

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Biography

Philip Grange Philip Grange studied composition at York University with David Blake, and privately with Peter Maxwell Davies. His first published pieces date from the late 1970s and include Cimmerian Nocturne (1979), which was commissioned by The Fires of London and included a performance under director Peter Maxwell Davies at the 1983 Proms as well as numerous national and international performances. Other early works include The Kingdom of Bones for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, (1983 Huddersfield Festival commission), Variations (The Fires of London commission featured at the 1988 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris) and Concerto for Orchestra: Labyrinthine Images (1988), a St Magnus Festival commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. During the early 1990’s Grange completed two BBC commissions, Focus and Fade for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who gave the premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 1992 conducted by Andrew Davies, and Lowry Dreamscape, which was premiered at the 1993 BBC Festival of Brass by the Sun Life Brass Band conducted by Roy Newsome. Other works from this period include Piano Polyptich (premiered by Stephen Pruslin at the 1993 Aldeburgh Festival) and Bacchus Bagatelles for wind quintet. More recently, Grange has completed Des fins sont des commencements (extensively toured by both commissioning ensemble Gemini and other international ensembles), and In Spectre Search (New England Conservatory Extension Division commission). The Piano Trio: Homage to Chagall (1995) has been nationally toured by its commissioners, the Chagall Piano Trio, including London performances in 1998 at the Wigmore Hall and at the Royal Academy of Art as part of the Chagall: Love and the Stage exhibition. A Puzzle of Shadows (1997), another Gemini commission, has received similar exposure. Since 2000 Grange has completed a number of major works, including a Clarinet Concerto for the RNCM Wind Band and soloist Alan Hacker, Lament of the Bow for the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei, Sky-Maze with Song Shards and Daedalus’s Lament for Okeanos, Duel Movement for the Lindsay String Quartet, a large-scale work for the Kreutzer Quartet and Eclipsing for Orchestra. The latter was written to a commission from the BBC Philharmonic under Vassily Sanaisky in January 2005. In 2009 the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain gave the world première performance of Cloud Atlas, based on the novel by David Mitchell, at the Cheltenham Music Festival. A commission for the Danel String Quartet, Ghosts of Great Violence, was completed in 2012 and received its première as part of the North West Composers’ Festival in Manchester that same year. A CD on the Black Box label was released in 2000 and comprised recordings of Des fins sont des commencements, On This Bleak Hut, As It Was, In Spectre Search, A Puzzle of Shadow and The Dark Labyrinth. Entitled Dark Labyrinths, the works were performed by Gemini with soloists Nick Sears, Alison Wells and Tim Gill. Other recent CD recordings have included his Piano Trio: Homage to Chagall on the Campion label (see above), and Darkness Visible on the Metier label, another single composer CD with Gemini which features Cimmerian Nocturne, Variations and Lament of the Bow. A CD featuring Cloud Atlas and Bacchus Bagatelles was released on the Prima Facie label in 2013. Currently Postgraduate Programme Director and Head of Composition at Manchester University, Professor Grange has held the posts of Professor of Music at Exeter University (1999-2000), Fellow in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge (1985-87) and Northern Arts Composer Fellow at Durham University (1988-89).

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WORK LIST

Solos Carillon Ritual (2007) 4-5 minutes Toy Piano First performed 8 April 2007, Boston University, USA, by Rodney Lister. EP 71496 Elegy (2009) 6 minutes Violoncello For Lionel Handy First performed 8 October 2009, the Warehouse, London, by Lionel Handy EP 71980 The Knell of Parting Day (1983) 9 minutes Oboe First performed May 1983, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, by Warwick Armstrong. EP 71481 Nocturnal Image (1980) 16 minutes Violoncello First performed January 1982, Hemel Hempstead Music Club, by Alexander Baillie. EP 71485 Piano Polyptich (1993) 17 minutes Piano Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation. First performed 26 June 1993, Aldeburgh Festival, by Stephen Pruslin. EP 71477 Prelude (2005) 1½ minutes In Memoriam Karrlin Field Piano Composed as part of Clive Williamson’s ‘One Minute Wonder’ project First performed 15 March 2005, Guildford Festival, University of Surrey, by Clive Williamson. EP 71484 Prelude and Nocturne (Two American Portraits) (2013) c. 5 minutes (Prelude: 1½ minutes; Noctume 3½ minutes) Piano In Memoriam Karrlin and Lindsay Field Pieces can be performed independently, but if performed together must be played in the prescribed order. First performed together 19 March 2013, University of Surrey, by Clive Williamson. EP 71484a

Duos Daedalus’s Lament (2001, rev. 2002) 10½ minutes Cor Anglais and Harp Commissioned by Okeanos with funds from the David James Music Trust. First performed 23 January 2002, University of Bristol by Jinny Shaw (cor anglais), Lucy Wakeford (harp). EP 71486 Diptych (2001) 18 minutes Oboe (doubling Cor Anglais) and Harp A combination of Sky-Maze with Song Shards and Daedalus’s Lament as a single concert item Commissioned by the St. Magnus Festival with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. First performed 7 March 2002, Manchester University, by Jinny Shaw (oboe/cor anglais), Lucy Wakeford (harp). EP 71476


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In Spectre Search (1994) 4 minutes Violin and Viola Commissioned by Rodney Lister. First performed 28 January 1995, New-England Conservatory, Boston, USA, by Emma Doggett (violin), Rayan Walther (viola). EP 71479 La Ville Entière (1984) 14 minutes E- Clarinet and Piano Commissioned by Brighton Festival. First performed May 1985, Unitarian Church, Brighton, by Alan Hacker (clarinet), Karen Evans (piano). EP 71493 Sky-Maze with Song Shards (1999) 7 minutes Oboe and Harp Commissioned by Jinny Shaw with funds from the David James Music Trust. First performed 22 January, 2000, Whitworth Galley, Manchester, by Jinny Shaw (oboe), Lucy Wakeford (harp). EP 71495 The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters (2006) 1-2 minutes Clarinet and Piano Commissioned by ABRSM for the anthology, Spectrum for Clarinet, as listed on the Grade 8 exam syllabus. First performed 29 September 2006, Kneller Hall, by Ian Mitchell (clarinet), Thalia Myers (piano). EP 71494 Three Pieces after Drawings by M C Escher (1982) 16 minutes Bass Clarinet and Marimba First performed March 1985, Rotterdam Conservatoire, by Duo Contemporian. EP 71506

Chamber Adopted Path (2010) 8 minutes 2.2.2.2 - 2.0.0.0 - Timp - Str Commissioned by Greenwood Music Camp First performed 9 August 2010, Greenwood Music Camp, by the Greenwood Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Rous. EP 72075 Bacchus Bagatelles (1993) 12 minutes Six miniatures for Wind Quintet Commissioned by Rosehill Theatre with funds from Northern Hearts. First performed (excerpts) 16 October 1993, Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, by Academia. First performed in full 8 February 1997, Alnwick Music Club, by The Vega Quintet. EP 71499 Carillon Ritual (2008) 4-5 minutes 8 Percussionists In memory of Anne Hemming First performed 21 February 2008, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, by a student ensemble, conducted by Paul Patrick. EP 71669 Cimmerian Nocturne (1979) 17 minutes Fl(A-fl/Picc), Cl(B-Cl/ClEb), Perc, Pf, Vln, Vc Commissioned by The Fires of London. First performed June 1980, St. Magnus Festival, Stromness, by The Fires of London, conducted by Peter Maxwell Davies. EP 71472


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The Dark Labyrinth (1987) 17 minutes Fl(A-fl), Cl(Bst-hn), Pf, Vln, Vla Commissioned by Contemporary Regional Network Arts with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain. First performed September 1987, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, by Lionel Handy (cello) and the Parke Ensemble conducted by Stuart Dunlop. EP 71483 Des Fins Sont Des Commencements (1994) 6 minutes Fl(Picc), Cl(B-cl), Perc, Vln, Vc Commissioned by Gemini with funds from the ACE to mark the 60th Birthday of Peter Maxwell Davies. First performed 21 September 1994, Hexham Abbey Festival, by Gemini. EP 71473 Duel Movement (2001) 8 minutes String Quartet First performed 5 October 2003, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester, by The Lindsey Quartet. EP 71504 Ghosts of Great Violence (2012) c.15 minutes String Quartet Commissioned by the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama for the Danel String Quartet with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation First performed 8 March 2012, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester, as part of North West Composers’ Festival and 9 March 2012 at the Memorial Hall, Manchester Grammar School, by the Danel String Quartet EP 72239 Lament of the Bow (2000) 16 minutes Fl(Picc/A-fl), Cl(B-cl/ClEb), Perc, Pf, Vln, Vc Commissioned by the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei. First performed 4 April 2000, CCOT Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, by the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei conducted by Lee Chung-Fung. EP 71500 Memorials of Sleep (1987) 4 minutes Sop, 2Cl, Vla, Pf Text: Lawrence Durrell First performed May 1987, Trinity College Cambridge, by Mary Wiegold (soprano), Alan Hacker and Nicholas Bucknall (clarinets), Leon King (viola) and Karen Evans. EP 71482 Piano Trio ‘Homage to Chagall’ (1995) 18 minutes Commissioned by The Chaghall Trio with funds from South West Arts. First performed 19 October 1995, Bude Music Club, by The Chaghall Trio. EP 71487 Preludes and a Maze Dance (1987) 15 minutes Ob(Ob-d’a), Cl(Bst-hn), 3Perc, Pf Commissioned by The South Bank Board. First performed September 1987, Summerscope Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, by Music Projects/London, directed by Richard Bernas. EP 71480 Sextet (1980) 25 minutes Piano and Wind Quintet Commissioned by the Keewaydin Quintet with funds from the RVW trust. First performed March 1980, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, by Clive Williamson (piano) and the Keewaydin Quintet, conducted by Corey Field. EP 71492 String Quartet (2003) 15 minutes Commissioned by The Kreutzer Quartet with funds from Northern Arts and Durham City Arts. First performed 16 March 2003, The Gala Theatre, Durham, by The Kreutzer Quartet. EP 71501


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Tiers of Time (2008) 7 minutes Piano Quartet For John Casken on his retirement from Manchester University First performed 25 January 2008, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, by Psappha EP 71668 Variations (1986) Fl(A-fl), Cl(Bst-hn), Perc, Pf, Vln, Vc Commissioned by The Fires of London with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain. First performed February 1986, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, by The Fires of London conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. EP 71491 Selected for the International Rostrum of Composers, 1988. Wind Octet (1977) 8 minutes 2Ob(II=Ca), 2Cl(II=B-cl), 2Bsn, 2Hn First performed 9 July 1977, Abbey Hall, St. Andrew’s Church, Plymouth, Western Wind Band conducted by Alan Hacker. EP 71505

Orchestral Cloud Atlas (2009) 27 minutes Symphonic Wind Band Commissioned by the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain First performed 12 July 2009, Cheltenham Music Festival, by the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, conducted by Phillip Scott EP 71928 Concerto for Orchestra ‘Labyrinthine Images’ (1988) 31 minutes 3(II=A-fl).1(Ca).3.2.Cbsn – 4.2.2.1 – Timp – 3Perc – Str Commissioned by the St. Magnus Festival with funds from the Scottish Arts Council. First performed June 1988, Phoenix Theatre, Kirkwall, by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Peter Maxwell Davies. EP 71488 Eclipsing (2004) 33 minutes 3(II=A-fl).3.3.3(III=Cbsn) – 4.Flg-hn.3.3.1 – Timp – 3Perc – Cel – Hp – Str Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 First performed 29 January 2005, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. EP 71503 Focus and Fade (1992) 20 minutes 3(III=Picc).3(III=Ca).3(III=B-cl).3(III=Cbsn) – 4.3.3.1 – Timp – 5Perc – Hp – Str Commissioned by the BBC First performed 11 May 1992, Royal Festival Hall, London, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davies. EP 71502

Vocal/Choral As It Was (1985) 11 minutes Sop, 2Cl(I+II=B-cl), Pf Text: Edward Thomas Commissioned by Boston Music Production Company First performed May 1985, Church of Advent, Boston, USA, by Jane Manning (soprano), Boston Music Production Company. EP 71498


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Changing Landscapes (1990) 45 minutes A Solo – SATB Choir – 1.2(I&II=Ca).2.2 – 2.0.0.0 – Timp – Hp – Str Text: John Clare, Edward Thomas, Hardy, Hopkins, Philip Larkin Commissioned by Musicon for its 20th anniversary with funds from Northern Arts First performed October 1990, Durham Cathedral, by Beth Kessler (alto), Northern Sinfonia Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Christopher Seaman. EP 71489 First Known When Lost (2008) c. 3 minutes Baritone and Piano Words adapted from two poems by Edward Thomas EP 71746 In a Dark Time (1989) 25 minutes Bar solo – 1(A-fl/Picc).0.1(B-Cl/ClEb).1(Cbsn) – 1.0.0.0 – Timp – Perc – 1.0.1.1.0 Text: Lord Byron Commissioned by Bath Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain First performed May 1989, Michael Tippett Centre, Bath, by Henry Herford (Bar) and Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. EP 71478 The Kingdom of Bones (1983) 23 minutes Mez Solo – 1(A-fl&Picc).1(Ob-d’a).1(B-cl&Bst-hn).1 – 1.1.1.0 – 2Perc – Pf – Str (1.1.1.1.1 min.) Text: Kim Ballard Commissioned by Huddersfield Festival with funds from Yorkshire Arts First performed November 1983, St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, Linda Hirst (mezzo) and Northern Music Theatre conducted by Graham Treacher. EP 71475 On this Bleak Hut Tenor, Flute, Cello Text: Edward Thomas Commissioned by MacNagten Concerts. First performed January 1982, St. John Smith’s Square, London, by Ian Partridge (tenor), Capricorn. EP 71507 Out in the Dark (1986) 15 minutes SATB Chamber Choir and Horn Text: Edward Thomas Commissioned by Cambridge University Chamber Choir with funds from Eastern Arts. First performed November 1986, Trinity College Cambridge, by Cambridge University Chamber Choir and John Chick (horn), conducted by Richard Marlow. EP 71497 A Puzzle of Shadows (1997) 10 minutes Soprano, Violin and Piano Text: Robert Lewis Stevenson Commissioned by Gemini with funds from South west Arts. First performed 5 December 1997, Great Hall, Exeter University, by Gemini. EP 71474 A Spectre Scene (2004) 4 ½ minutes High Voice and Treble Recorder Text: William Blake Commissioned by John Turner. First performed July 2004, Ryedale festival, by Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano), John Turner (recorder). EP 71490 To the Borders of Sleep (2010) 12 minutes Baritone and Piano First performed 11 January 2011, Park Lane Concert Series, Purcell Room, London, by John Savournin (baritone) and James Young (piano) EP 72116


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Time Softly Treads (2008) 6½ minutes Soprano, Recorders, Oboe, Violin and Violoncello For Sir John Manduell on the occasion of his 80th birthday Commissioned by the Ida Carroll Trust for a seires of concerts celebrating Sir John Manduell’s 80th birthday. First performed 20 October 2008, Royal Overseas League, London, by Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano), John Turner (recorder), Richard Simpson (oboe), Richard Howarth (violin) and Jonathan Price (cello) EP71787


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