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Raymond Warren

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Raymond Warren was born in 1928 and studied at Cambridge University and later privately with Michael Tippett and Lennox Berkeley. From 1955-72 he taught at Queen's University, Belfast and was also Resident Composer to the Ulster Orchestra, a post which involved both composing for them and also conducting concerts of contemporary music. He was Professor of Music at Bristol University from 1972-94. His compositions include three symphonies, a violin concerto, an oratorio "Continuing Cities", two passion settings, three string quartets, and six operas, of which three are church operas for children. There are three song cycles, one commissioned by Peter Pears. He is also the author of a book,"Opera Workshop", giving a composer's view of the art of opera.


The SCA online database currently lists 10 scores by Raymond Warren.
Title Year Instrumentation Mins      Other Information                                         Audio View score Publ.
Bristol Service 1991 Choir+accomp 7-8 Bristol Service is a setting for choir and organ of the evening canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. It was commissioned by the choir of Bristol Cathedral and their director Christopher Brayne and was first performed by them at a cathedral evensong in November 1991.   N/A view score  
Burnt Norton Sketches 1985 Piano Trio 11-15 The titles of each of the three movements is a line from "Burnt Norton" the first poem of T.S.Eliot's "Four Quartets": these words are used with the permission of the publishers Faber & Faber. In the first movement dry, static sounds become fluid. In the second dartingbird-like figures are juxtaposed with gentle chords suggesting childhood memories. The words of the third movement suggested the shape of the melodic lines: the harmonies refer back tothe first movement.   N/A view score  
Four and Twenty Blackbirds 1997 Voice+accomp 9-10 The nursery rhymes are arranged for voice and piano right hand only, so that they can be played and sung while holding a young child. If preferred the child can be held in the right arm and the accompaniments played with the left hand, perhaps an octave lower. Pease feel free to adapt them as you wish: I just want them to be useful. Most of them can be repeated and in paticular nos. 2, 3, 6, 7, 18, 21, and 22 can be repeated an octave higher.   N/A view score  
Golden Rings 1986 Choir 11-15 SSATB. This is a fun piece of moderate difficulty. The words are taken from traditional children's singing games, dealing mostly with courtship and marriage (but with a young death in the poignant second song). Each movement is built on a round and this idea is used in different ways in each. The original rounds are given in the appendix and may be used on informal occasions or for "warming up".   N/A view score  
Harriet's Dancing Dolls 1991 Piano 5-6 These short dances were written for my little grandaughter Harriet Clare. Each of them is based on the musical letters of her names HAE CAE, H being the German letter for B natural.   N/A view score  
Mother Watkins' Ayres 2002 Wind Quintet 16-20 This is a divertimento for wind quintet on Tudor tunes, popular in England in the 16th century. With the exception of 'Ah Robin' which is set (at the beginning and end of the second movement) to the contemporary harmonies of William Cornish, the settings are mine and are intended to bring out in the strongest way the character of the tunes, which are named at their first appearance in the score. There are three movements, 1. Quodlibet, 2. Robin's Lament, 3. Songs and Rounds.   N/A view score  
Old Irish Lullaby 1991 Soprano, Harp 3 The harp accompaniment to this little song has easy pedal changes, or it can easily be played on the piano.   N/A view score  
Piano Sonata No. 2 1977 Piano 16-20 The sonata was commissioned by the 1977 Cardiff Festival and first performed there by Martin Jones. The first movement, 'Monody' is a single decorated melody, sometimes proliferating into heterophony. The following 'Caprice' contrasts scherzo material with expressive slow music, combining them at the end. In the third and longest movement,'Chaconne' the ideas of the earlier movements are taken up into the ritual of the slow dance. Released on CD Dunelm DRD0238, SCA   listen view score  
Picasso Pictures 2003 Wind Quintet 16-20 This wind quintet has five movements each of which is a musical reaction to a painting by Picasso. 1. The Three Dancers (1925), 2. Child Holding a Dove (1901), 3. Serenade (1942), 4. Woman Weeping (1937), 5. Bacchanal (1944).   N/A view score  
Sonata for Violin and Piano 1992 Violin, Piano 16-20 The sub-titles of the three movements are taken from bell changes which are not rigorously followed but whose patterns and snorities are used to suggest figures textures and structural elements. 'Grandsire Doubles' uses five bells, 'Plain Bob' four and 'Forward Hunt'just three. The sonata was commissioned by the Kingsdown Duo and first performed by them on 21st April 1993 in Bristol.   N/A view score  



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