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Geoffrey Poole 2014

New Music


Biography

Geoffrey Poole Geoffrey Poole is a contemporary classical composer with a bold and independent outlook. Much of his most characteristic work has been inspired by the mutual interrogation of classical tradition and high folk traditions from Europe, Africa and Asia. English by birth (b.1949), he has lived in East Africa (1985-7), the USA as Visiting Fellow in Composition at Princeton (1997-8), and studied traditional performance in Korea (2008) and The Gambia (2009). After a substantial career at the University of Manchester he was made Professor of Composition at Bristol University, a position from which he retired in 2009. He was married to composer Beth Wiseman from 1977 until her death in 2007, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts the same year. His works include three string quartets commissioned by The Lindsay String Quartet, orchestral music performed by the Halle, RLPO, BBCSO, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and others, choral music broadcast by The King’s Singers, the Tavener Consort / BCMG and a major concerto for vocalities, The Colour of My Song, which was commissioned in 2006 by the BBC Singers. Other colourful large-scale compositions are the Sheherazade-like voyage Sailing With Archangels for Wind Orchestra and some very unusual concertos: Two-Way Talking for Ghanean Drummer and 5 ensembles, Swans Reflecting Elephants for Javanese Gamelan and chamber orchestra, and Lucifer a black comedy for piano and 21 loud instruments. He has written several works for amateurs or younger players, including the widely known recorder pieces Skally Skarekrow’s Whistling Book, and Look Behind You! A recorded pianist and conductor on occasion, Poole has also established a body of work as a critic and theorist, and has served on the North West Arts Board, BBC and SPNM Reading Panels, SPNM Board of Directors, and ISCM Board of Directors, and as advisor to RAE2008. Geoffrey Poole’s music has been performed and broadcast worldwide. It is represented on Metier, ASC, Serendipity, RCA, Forsyth, Klavier, Art Fusion, Divine Art, and NMC recording labels and almost fifty of his eighty titles are published by Edition Peters.

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WORK LIST

Solos Chinese Whispers (2009) 1 hour 35 minutes Volumes I-VIII of ‘I Ching’ Solo Piano EP 71963 Book of the Living Wood (2008) 13 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume VII Solo Piano EP 71967 The Book of Buried Streams (2007) 8 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume IV Solo Piano First performed 11 October 2008, Bristol Music Rooms, by Geoffrey Poole EP 71042 The Book of Light (2002) 12 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume III Solo Piano First performed 9 January 2003, Purcell Room, by Jane Ford EP 71571 The Book of Stillness (2003) 14 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume I Solo Piano First performed 19 March 2003, Bristol Victoria Rooms, by Nicolas Hodges EP 71569 The Harvest Book (2002) 10 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume II Solo Piano First performed 9 January 2003, Purcell Room, by Jane Ford EP 71576 The Lakeside Book (2008) 13 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume V Solo Piano First performed 11 October 2008, Bristol Music Rooms, by Geoffrey Poole EP 71965 The Mountain Book (2012) 18 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume IX Solo Piano First performed 20 October 2012, Cambridge University in celebration of Alexander Goehr and Hugh Wood at eighty, by Geoffrey Poole EP 72409 The Revolutionist’s Pocketbook (2008) 6 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume VI Solo Piano EP 71966 The Sky Book (2008) 8 minutes ‘I Ching’ Volume VIII Solo Piano EP 71968


WORK LIST

Commodo Dragonfly (2005) 6 minutes Solo Bass Clarinet Musings on fragments from Dao Qian First performed 21 October 2005, Rotterdam International Bass Clarinet Festival, Rotterdam, by Ian Mitchell EP 71550 Dogs Bark, the Caravan Rolls On (2007) 4 minutes Solo Violin First performed 19 March 2007, Sheffield University as part of a Western Australian (Perth) exchange EP 71586 Nocturnes (1984) 10 minutes Solo Piano EP 71570 On the High Wire (1996) 12 minutes Solo Cello First performed 21 March 1996, Manchester, by Betsy Taylor EP 71572 Ricercare (1980/1999) 7 minutes Cello Solo after J.S. Bach First performed 11 June 1995, Manchester St. Anne’s, by Betsy Taylor EP 71557 TEN (1981) 14 minutes Solo Piano First performed 22 April 1982, Lancaster University, by Peter Lawson EP 71553

Duos Firefinch (1999) 9 minutes Ob & Pf Commissioned by Chester Summer Music Festival First performed 27 July 1999, Chester, by Jinny Shaw (ob) and Anne-Marie Hastings (pf) EP 71581 Kakemono (2004) 11 minutes 2Hp Commissioned by Park Lane Group First performed 13 January 2005, Purcell Room, by Double Action EP 71555 Lovesong to my bird (1981) 2 minutes Voice and any instrument Dedicated to Beth at 30 EP 72570 Twain (2000) 8 minutes 2Fl or 2Rec or 2Ob First performed 6 September 2003, St Ives, by Jinny Shaw and Lucy Wakeford EP 71562 Wild Goose Weeping Widow (1984) 22 minutes 2 Guitars Commissioned by Aguado Guitar Duo First performed 1984-5, Asian-Australian International Tour, by Aguado Guitar Duo EP 71566


WORK LIST

Chamber Ensemble (3-20 Players) After Long Silence (2007) 6 minutes Soprano, Recorder and Cello Text: W.B. Yeats Commissioned by Ida Carroll Trust, written in memory of Basil Deane First performed 11 September 2007, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, by Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) and John Turner (recorder) EP 72568 Canto 2 (Dante’s Eagle) (2001) 4 minutes Soprano, Recorder, Cello and Piano Dedicated to David Lumsdaine at 70 First performed 11 November 2001, Manchester, by Eleanor Meynell (soprano), John Turner (recorder), Jonathan Price (cello) and Peter Lawson (piano) EP 72569 Carved in Stone (2006) 14 minutes Fl, Cl(B-cl), Hp, Pf, 2Perc, Str (1.0.0.1.0) Dedicated to Keith Nimmo Commissioned by Bournemouth SO, Corsham Festival, and friends of Wiltshire Music Centre First performed 18 June 2006, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, by Kokoro/Mark Forkgen Carved in Stone (recomposed 2011) 14 minutes Sextet version for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion First performed 9 February 2011, Elektrostatic Series, Colston Hall 2, Bristol, by Bristol Ensemble, directed by Geoffrey Poole EP 72141a Crossing Ohashi Bridge (1995) 18 minutes Strings Commissioned by the Goldberg Ensemble First performance 21 January 1995, Royal Northern College of Music, by the Goldberg Ensemble, directed by Malcolm Layfield EP 71561 Fragments (1974) 8 minutes Strings (min. 4.4.3.2.1) First performed March 1992, Manchester International Festival of Expressionism, Royal Northern College of Music, by the Goldberg Ensemble, directed by Malcolm Layfield EP 71577 Hanami Sanjo (2008 arr. 2011) 8-9 minutes Vla, Vc & Pf Commissioned by Ahn Jae Sook First performed 9 February 2011, Elektrostatic Series, Colston Hall 2, Bristol, by The Bristol Ensemble EP 72140 Harmonice Mundi (1978) 32 minutes Piano Quintet (string quartet and piano) Commissioned by The Lindsay String Quartet funded by RVW Trust First performed 9 March 1979, Manchester, by Lindsay Quartet and Maurice Aitchison EP 72567 The Impersonal Touch (1995) 9 minutes 2 Pianos/4 Hands First performed 9 January 1996, Purcell Room, by Yana Polyanovskaya and Irina Feoktistova EP 71551 Look Behind You! (2002) 5 minutes Vln, Vc & Pf Commissioned by Chamber Music 2000 Education Project First performed 12 February 2003, Purcell Room, by Salisbury students EP 71568


WORK LIST

Qigong (Chi Kun) (1999) 12 minutes Strings (3.3.2.2.1) First performed 24 November 1999, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, by the Goldberg Ensemble EP 71578 Septembral for mixed ensemble (1993, rev. 1998) 16 minutes B-cl, Vln, Vc, Pf Commissioned by ICA Live Arts First performed 31 October 1993, ICA, London, by Gemini EP 71560 The Sheltering Bell (2009) 10 minutes String Quartet Commissioned by the University of Bristol in celebration of its Centenary First performed 8 May 2009, the Vice-Chancellor’s Banquet, Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, by the Brodowski Quartet EP 72181 Slow - Music (1982) 13 minutes Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, Pf Commissioned by Chester Summer Music Festival First performed 28 July 1982, Chester, by Endymion EP 71584 String Quartet No.1 (Saranghi) (1983) 18 minutes String quartet Commissioned by Birmingham Chamber Concerts Society First performed 21 January 1984, Birmingham Cathedral, by Lindsay Quartet EP 71583 String Quartet No.2 (The Gambia) (1990) 21 minutes String quartet Commissioned by Sheffield City Polytechnic First performed 9 October 1990, Sheffield, by Lindsay Quartet EP 71585 String Quartet No.3 (1997/99) 20 minutes String quartet Commissioned by Keele Concerts Society First performed 27 October 1997, Keele, by Lindsay Quartet EP 71587 Two-Way Talking (1991) 32 minutes Concerto for Ghanean Drummer and five ensembles 1.1.1.1—1.1.1.0—Hp—Perc—Str(1.0.1.1.1) Commissioned by Focus 1991 African Arts Festival First performed 1991, Royal Northern College of Music, Kwasi Asare with Polyphonia, conducted by Geoffrey Poole EP 71579

Vocal and Choral Works Angels Also Die (2013) c. 6 minutes SATB a cappella choir Dedicated to Jonathan Harvey (1939-2013) in loving memory Commissioned by Severnside Composers Alliance First performed 11 May 2013, Arnos Vale Anglican Chapel, Bristol, by The New Bristol Voices, directed by Steven Kings EP 72501


WORKI LIST

Ave, Rex Angelorum (1970, rev. 1998) 16 minutes From ‘Wymondham Choruses’ SATB Chorus Text: Medieval English carols and lyrics Commissioned by The Kings Singers EP 72160 The Ballad of Halloween Hag (2013) 5 minutes SATB and piano Text: ‘The Hag’, Robert Herrick Dedicated to Andrew Hopwood and The Painswick Singers First performed 26 October 2013, Painswick, by the Painswick Singers, directed by Andrew Hopwood, Geoffrey Poole (keyboard) EP 72493 Behind the Arras (2012) c. 15 minutes Male vocal consort ATBarB Text: Anonymous authors of the Tudor period Dedicated to Betty Poole at 90 Commissioned by New York Polyphony EP 72429 Calligrammes d’Apollinaire (1984) 10 minutes Soprano, Clarinet & Piano Text: G. Apollinaire First performed 24 November 1984, Purcell Room, London, by Triple Echo, Jane Ginsborg (soprano), Philip Edwards (clarinet), George Nicholson (piano) EP 71573 The Colour of my Song (2006) 36 minutes SATB Choir - Semi-chorus - 2Perc - Hp BBC commission, for BBC singers in commemoration of Luciano Berio First performed 10 November 2006, St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, by the BBC, conducted by James Morgan EP 71549 Five Brecht Songs (Fünf Brecht Lieder) (1983) 13 minutes Baritone & Piano For Leeds Contemporary Music Festival First performed 3 March 1983, Leeds Festival, by Philip O’Reilly (baritone) and Graham Barber (piano) EP 71582 Heynonnynonny Smallprint (2008) 3 minutes Voice (any) Text: Geoffrey Poole Commissioned by NMC records for the 40th anniversary songbook First performed 1 April 2009, Kings Place, London, by David Stout (baritone) EP 71776 Imerina (1986) SATB chorus Text: J-J Rabearivelo First performed 1988, Manchester University, by Manchester Singers, directed by Rowena Brown EP 71552 The Magnification of the Virgin (1992) 16 minutes Small SSA choir and 12 players: 0.2(+1).0.2 - 0.2.3.0 - 2Perc Commissioned by Sound Investments First performed 9 February 1992, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, by Tavener Consort and Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Parrott EP 71565


WORKI LIST

Rune Labyrinth (1997) 15 minutes Oboist/narrator – Hp - actress/dancer Text: adapted by the composer from Anglo-Saxon Rune Alphabet poems and related literature Commissioned by Okeanos, directed by Virginia Shaw, with funds from the A4E First performed 5 October 1997, Newport theatre, Wight, by Okeanos EP 71558 Wymondham Choruses (1988) SATB chorus Commissioned by King’s Singers EP 71563

Orchestra and Large Ensemble Lucifer (2001) 28 minutes Concerto for piano and 21 loud instruments Pf solo - 0.0.0.0.S-sax.A-sax.T-sax.Bar-sax - 4.3.3.1 – Timp - 4Perc - Db Commissioned by Thames Valley University for Philip Mead’s Piano and Brass project First performed 17 November 2002, Royal Northern College of Music, by RNCM Brass, Philip Mead (piano), conducted by James Gourlay EP 71567 Schubert’s “Reliquie” (1997) 40 minutes String Orchestra Completion and arrangement of Schubert’s Sonata in C, D.840 First performed 26 November 1999, Royal Northern College of Music, by the Goldberg Ensemble, Malcolm Layfield EP 71559 Shumei, Shumei (2011) 14 minutes 2.Picc.2.CA.2.B-cl.2.Cbsn – 4.4.3.Btbn.1 – Timp – 5Perc – Clavinova – 2Hp – Str Commissioned by the New Bristol Sinfonia with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation First performed 26 November 2011, Victoria Rooms, Bristol, by New Bristol Sinfonia EP 72214 Song of The Gambia (2000) 10 minutes String Orchestra Arranged from third movement of String Quartet No. 2 (The Gambia) EP 71580 Swans Reflecting Elephants (1998) 18 minutes Gamelan soli—3(I=Picc, III=A-fl).2(II=Ca).Ob-d’a.0. 3.0.3(III=B-tbn).0—Perc—Hp—Str (0.0.3.0.3) Commissioned by Halle First performed 27 February 2004, BBC “Swans Reflecting Elephants” series, by BBCSO, South Bank Gamelan, conducted by Jason Lai EP 71554 Woodscapes (1986) 18 minutes 2(II=A-fl).2(II=Ca).2(II=B-cl).1—2.2.0.0— Timp—Perc—Str First performed 23 June 1988, Aix-en-Provence Festival, by RNCM Sinfonia, conducted by Michel Brandt EP 71564


WORKI LIST


For further information:

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New York

London

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C. F. Peters Corporation 70 – 30 80th Street Glendale NY 11385 USA + (1) 718 416 7800 gene.caprioglio@editionpeters.com

Peters Edition Ltd 2 – 6 Baches Street London N1 6DN UK +44 (0) 20 7553 4000 newmusic@editionpeters.com

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Geoffrey Poole worklist 2014