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Michael Berkeley 2018 All works

The Wild Winds Soprano &

The Wild Winds Soprano & chamber orchestra (fl. (+picc.), ob., 2 cl. (II+b.cl.), bn, 2 hn, tpt, pn, perc. (xylo, sus cym, sus tri, tbells, tam (low and high), SD, BD), strings or string quartet) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193620315 A poetical sketch for soprano and small orchestra to words by William Blake. 12 minutes - Full orchestra - Concerto for Orchestra Full orchestra (3 fl. (I&II+picc., III+a.fl.), 2 ob. (II+c.a.), 3 cl. (III+b.cl.), 3 bn (III+cbn), 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp., 5 perc. (glock, xylo, vib, cortales, tbells, SD, 3 TD, BD, sus. cym., 2 Chinese cym., tam-tam, roto-tom, mark tree, flex.), pno (+cel), hp, org. (opt), strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193622456 ‘The Concerto is in three movements with the outer two having a fast-slow-fast design which indeed mirrors the overall structure of the piece. In thinking about the music I was conscious that the finding of ideas is seldom the problem; it is how they are developed that matters. So, I deliberately began with a very simple motif: falling tones and soon decided that the first two movements would be based on a downward progression while the third should invert the whole process and move constantly upwards.’ - Michael Berkeley. This is the second piece Berkeley wrote as associate composer to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and was premiered in 2005 at the BBC Proms. 20 minutes Daybreak and a Candle End Full orchestra (2 fl. (II+picc.), 2 ob. (II+c.a.), 2 cl., 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp., perc. (vib, BD, crotales, sus. cym., glock.), hp, strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193616721 Based on a theme by the composer’s father, Sir Lennox Berkeley, and dedicated to him. 7 minutes Flames Full orchestra (3 fl. (II+a.fl., III+picc.), 3 ob. (III+c.a.), 3 cl. (II+Eb cl., III+b.cl.), 3 bn (III+cbn), 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc (SD, ant. cym., vib., BD, sus. cym., TD, tamb., t.bells, tam., w.blk, xylo., temp. blks), hp, strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193620377 Flames was written for David Atherton and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. 12 minutes The Garden of Earthly Delights Full orchestra (3 fl (III+picc), 4 ob. (IV+c.a.), 4 cl. (III+Eb, IV+b.cl.), 3 bn, cbn, 6 hn, 4 tpt, 3 tbn, 2 tba, timp., 4 perc. (sus. cym., cast., crotales, tam., rattle, lion’s roar, sz. cym., 3 tom., 2 w.blk, BD, c.bell, whip, vib., claves, guiro, SD, marac., cabaca, tuned gongs, Chinese gong, Javanese or Thai gongs, clash cym., tamb., mba, glock., tri., flex.), 2 hp, strings, 3 special players: vln, s.sx, tbn (all+claves, rattle, tam)) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193616691 ‘I have for many years had Hieronymus Boschs visionary triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights in the back of my mind as a potential spring board for a piece of music... I have expressed my own reactions to the piece and indeed added other dimensions. In the opening tableau, for instance, the music suggests that innocence and ignorance are not necessarily bliss, rather there is a sense of melancholy and wistfulness, a longing for something yet to be articulated.’ - Michael Berkeley. 21 minutes Gregorian Variations Full orchestra (3 fl. (III+picc.&a.fl.), 3 ob. (III+c.a.), 3 cl. (II+Eb cl., III+bcl), a.sx., 2 bn, c.bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, b.tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc. (vib., mba, xylo., glock., t.bells, crotales. SD, TD, BD, w.blk, tamb., cym., sus. cym., gong, tri., whip, cabasa, marac., guiro), hp, pno, strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193620438 A one-movement work in which Berkeley weaves the modes and melodies of Gregorian plainchant into his own modern and direct style. A facsimile of the composer’s manuscript. 17 minutes Primavera Full orchestra (picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., cor ang., 2 cl., b.cl., 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp., 2 perc. (BD, SD, glock., tri., t.bells, w.blk, bongos, tamb., sus. cym.), hp, strings) and opt. wordless chorus Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193620353 A quiet but sonorous note starts the piece with pizzicato strings before the melodic line emerges from the first clarinet, followed in a fugal-manner by other woodwind. The textures range from sparse to complex throughout the piece, reflecting the many variants found in Spring. 6 minutes

Secret Garden Full orchestra (3 fl. (III+picc.), 3 ob. (III+c.a.), 3 cl. (II+Eb cl., III+b.cl.), 3 bn (III+cbn), 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc. (vib., sus. cym., crotales, SD, clash cym., tam., thundersheet, BD, marac., 3 w.blk), hp, strings)/ reduced orchestra (3 fl. (III+picc.), 2 ob., 2 cl. (II+Eb cl.), 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn (III+b. tbn), tba, timp., perc., strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193616684 Secret Garden opens by depicting the barrier that surrounds it - an impenetrable wall of sound from the brass and wind announced initially on the trumpet. The end of the wall is reached only to reveal the beginning once again. The very solidity and mass of this obstacle is both frustrating and exhilarating. For on the other side lies a magical but dangerous landscape. This piece explores facets of the imagination, that garden in the mind that so thrills and alarms but, alone amongst the workings of human beings, can never be completely conquered or stolen by another. Secret Garden was jointly commissioned by Oxford University Press to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Music Department and by The London Symphony Orchestra, with funds provided by the Arts Council. 12 minutes Slow Dawn Full orchestra (picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., cor ang., 2 cl., b.cl., 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, b.tbn, tba, timp., 3 perc., hp, cel., strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193362789 Orchestral version of the wind band original for the BBC Proms 2008. 11 minutes Tango! Full orchestra (picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., cor ang., 2 cl., b.cl., 2 bsn, cbsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, 3 perc. (cast., tamb., t-t, SD, BD, cym., glock), timp., pno, hp, strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193407794 As I was about to make my first visit to South America in 2012 I began to explore the music that seemed to symbolise that continent and became very intrigued by the Tango and, in particular, the work of Astor Piazzola. For fun really but also in homage to Piazzola, I set myself the challenge of writing a Tango that only used the usual forces of the Symphony Orchestra. The main melody was inspired by a figure that is often found in the accompaniment of the Tango. Tango! was first performed in Cardiff by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 18th September, 2015. 5 minutes Tristessa Full orchestra (cor ang. solo, vla solo, 2 fl. (II+picc.&a.fl.), 2 ob., 2 cl. (II+b.cl.&tri.), 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, b.tbn, tba, 2 perc. (glock., sus. cym., gong, tamb., TD, BD, vib.), hp, strings Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193555303 Tristessa was written with particular players in mind, in this case, from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Although there are two soloists in Tristessa, it is not a concerto but rather a tone poem in which a solo Viola and Cor Anglais are the chief protagonists. The title comes from a pivotal character in Angela Carter’s extraordinary and visionary novel The Passion of new Eve. Tristessa was commissioned by the BBC for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and first performed in St David’s Cathedral, 29 May 2003. 21 minutes - Ballet - Bastet Full orchestra (2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp., 2 perc., strings) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193555136 Music for a ballet choreographed by Lynn Seymour and commissioned by Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, and first performed at the Hippodrome, Birmingham on 24th June 1988. 30 minutes The Mayfly Ensemble (fl., cl., perc., pno, vln, vc.) Conductor’s score and parts on hire/rental 9780193354074 Lively ballet music for small ensemble. 12 minutes