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John Woolrich

(b. 1954)


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(b Cirencester, 1954).

Eng. composer. Northern Arts Fellow in comp., Durham Univ. 1982–5, comp.‐in‐residence, Nat. Centre for Orch. Studies 1985–6. Ass. art. dir. Aldeburgh Fest. from 2004. Comps. incl.:

operas:

In the House of Crossed Desires

(1996);

Bitter Fruit

(2000).

orch.:

The Barber's Timepiece

(1986);

The Ghost in the Machine

(1990);

The Theatre Represents a Garden: Night

(1991); ob. conc. (1996); va. conc. (1996); vc. conc. (1998);

Conc. for Orch

. (1998–9);

A Capriccio to Calliope Herself

(2000);

Double Mercury

(2003);

The Elephant from Celebes

(2005).

ens.:

Stone Dances

, 8 players (1980);

Spalanzani's Daughter

, 8 players (1983);

Dartington Doubles

, 9 players (1988);

Barcarolle

, 6 players (1989);

Lending Wings

, 14 players (1989);

Ulysses Awakes

(after Monteverdi), str. (1989);

It is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer

, str. (1992);

Si va facendo notte

, 12 players (1992);

Caprichos

, ens. (1997);

Cutting a Caper

, ob., cl., tpt., vn., vc., ens. (2001);

After the Clock

, ens. (2005).

voice(s) & ens.:

Cascades

, sop. (1983);

Harlequinade

, sop. (1983);

Black Riddle

, sop. (1984);

3 Macedonian Songs

, sop. (1984);

Serbian Songs

, sop. (1984);

The Turkish Mouse

, sop. (1988), v., pf. (1990);

Poor Mr Snail

, sop. (1992);

Ariadne Laments

, sop., 2 vn., va., vc., db. (or str. orch.) (1994);

Good Morning – Midnight

, sop., pf. (2000);

Farewel adieu

, mez., triple hp., viol (2004).

chamber music:

Quick Steps

, wind octet (1990);

Contredanse

, str. octet (1991);

The Death of King Renaud

, str. quintet (1992);

A Farewell

, cl., va., pf. (1992);

That is the Night

, vn., pf. (1995);

Adagissimo

, pf., vn., va., vc. (1997);

Arcangelo

, chamber orch. (2002);

Elegy

, vc., pf. (2001).

Subjects: Music.


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