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George Nicholson

(b. 1949)


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(b Durham, 1949).

Eng. composer and pianist. Several comps. commissioned by BBC and by various contemp. mus. groups. Member of chamber group Nomos. Works incl.:

theatre:

The Arrival of the Poet in the City

, melodrama for actor and 7 instr. (1982–3).

orch.:

Recycle

, 11 instr. (1975–6);

1132

(1976);

The Convergence of the Twain

, chamber orch. (1978);

Chamber Concerto

, 13 instrs. (1979–80);

Sea‐Change

, 14 str. (1988); vc. conc. (1990); fl. conc. (1993);

Fenestrae

, 15 instr. (1998); Conc. for Orch. (2004–5).

vocal:

Colloque sentimental

, sop., hp. (1976);

Rondeau

, sop. (1977);

Settings

, sop., pf. (1977);

Hallel

, sop., org. (1979);

Alla Luna

, sop., cl., pf. (1981);

Aubade

, sop., 5 players (1981);

Vignette

, sop., pf. (1983);

Peripheral VisionsA World of Imagination

, sop., pf. (1983); , unacc. ch. (1984);

Blisworth Tunnel Blues

, sop., chamber orch. (1984–6);

Letters to the World

, sop., rec., vc., hpd. (1997–9);

Idyll

, sop., 5 instr. (2003);

Embers

, sop., ob., cl., hn., vn., va., vc., vib. (2004).

chamber music:

Overtune

, 7 wind instr. (1976); str. qt. No.1 (1976–7), No.2 (1984–5), No.3 (1995); brass quintet (1977);

The Seventh Seal

, va. (1977);

Nodus

, cl., pf. (1978);

Winter Music

, cl., hp., perc. (1978);

N'est‐ce pas … ?

, vn. (1979);

Slide Show

, tb. (1981);

So Low

, db. (1981);

Ancient Lights

, fl., cl., bass cl., vn., va., vc., pf. (1982);

Movements

, 6 instr. (1982–3);

Sound Progressions Newly Minted

, brass quintet (1983);

Stilleven

, 5 instr. (1985);

3 Nocturnes

, cl., vn., vc., pf. (1986);

Romanza

, vn., pf. (1987);

Spring Songs

, rec. (1991);

Muybridge Frames

, tb., pf. (1992);

Ave atque vale

, fl., pf. (1994);

(termi)né

, 2 bcl., pf. (1995);

Fills

, cl. (2000);

Shailing and Wambling

, va., vc. (2001);

Mr Biberian his Dompe

, gui. (2002);

Hic Harold Rex interfectus est

, sax., hn., tpt., hp., gui., str. qt., perc. (2004).

piano:

Sonata (1983);

Cascate

(1985);

Impromptu

(1988);

All Systems Go

(1989);

For Miles

(1991–2);

In Accord

(1997).

Subjects: Music.


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