Simon Cohen

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I studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert, Petr Eben and had lessons with P.M. Davis and Lennox Berkley. My relationship to composing and the problems of contemporary musical language became a deep crisis for me at this time and after leaving the R.N.C.M I 'started from scratch' rediscovering music through modern jazz and free improvisation. I began to feel that aspects of Cardew's 'scratch orchestra' showed a way forward.

I studued music education at Goldsmiths' College and worked in secondary education for about fifteen years (composing a lot of music for school use) eventually being brought to my knees by the cognitive dissonance between the system and the dynamic of my own evolution. I left education to work for the Quakers and study for an M.Phil in Theology.

It is only in the last few years that I have begun to compose again trying to integrate my varied musical experiences, concerns about the nature of art and the art world and the need for a comunicable language. My own feeling is that the classical music tradition in the West is an exhausted seam and that anything I write has to reflect this.

The SCA online database currently lists 5 scores by Simon Cohen.
Title Year Instrumentation Mins      Other Information                                         Audio View score Publ.
Alarum and Excursions 2012 Percussion and Trumpet 11-15   listen N/A  
Clarinet Quintet 2011 Clarinet and String Quartet 16-20   listen N/A  
Shir HaTargonol 2012 Orchestra 11-15   listen N/A  
Terre Assoifee 2011 Viola and strings 7-8   listen N/A  
Violin Concerto 2011 Violin and Strings 16-20   listen N/A  

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