Hot of the Press - the really newest new music by our composers!
(Scores from the last three years)

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Jolyon Laycock - Mountains of the Mind (2018)
16-20 minutes, for Tenor and Piano.

Email Jolyon: jolyonlaycock@hotmail.com 01761 490378 www.rainbowtrack.co.uk
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Peter Nickol - Spring (2018)
9-10 minutes, for Cello + Piano.

Email Peter: pnickol@phonecoop.coop 01392 255512 www.impulse-music.co.uk/peternickol/
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John Pitts - Tradet autem frater fratrem (2018)
4 minutes, for Choir+accomp.

A setting of Biblical texts in Latin and English, and words from the Requiem mass (mostly Dies Irae and Libera Me) for 2-part choir (with occasional 3rd divisi) and piano/ensemble. Score available on request. Written for a Centenary Remembrance Day concert.
Email John: severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk 0117 904 8902 www.johnpitts.co.uk
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John Pitts - Pipa Dreams in Imperial Garden (2018)
5-6 minutes, for Piano.

Pipa Dreams in Imperial Garden (2018) for solo piano, is an attempt to capture something of the essence of the Chinese lute. The pipa is a strummed and plucked, pear-shaped instrument, with four strings (typically tuned A D E A), characteristically using frequent fast tremolo with all of the right fingers repeatedly plucking a single string. It also uses much dramatic vibrato and wide portamento – sadly unavailable to us pianists. But, like the piano, the pipa is a very expressive instrument, and this piano piece aims to capture some of its distinctive gestures and idiosyncrasies. 6-7 minutes.
LISTEN HERE
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Published by Intensely Pleasant Music
Email John: severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk 0117 904 8902 www.johnpitts.co.uk
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John Pitts - Indian Raags for Piano Made Easy (2018)
30+ minutes, for Piano.

This book is a collection of six Indian raags, re-imagined for piano, and simplified for fledgling pianists (both children and adults). The purpose is to provide an introductory experience of classical Indian music-making in an easy, hands-on way at a piano, offering a very accessible first encounter with improvisation. It is designed for near-beginners (pre-grade 1) through to early intermediate players, and can be used as a stepping stone to the much bigger volume for more advanced pianists: How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano (Intensely Pleasant Music, 2016). The first three raags are each presented in three versions – “really easy”, “easy” and “quite easy/not so easy” – so that students and their teachers can quickly find a best fit for their level, and add complexity when ready. Read more…
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Published by Intensely Pleasant Music
Email John: severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk 0117 904 8902 www.johnpitts.co.uk
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Richard Pond - Letter to Marion (2017)
11-15 minutes, for Piano.

Suite of a series of musical illustrations inspired by a letter read at a friend's funeral ceremony.
 
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Richard Pond - Lunar Suite (2017)
16-20 minutes, for Piano.

Performed at Sub Rooms Stroud which was video recorded. Suite in 4 movements inspired by wind chimes.
 
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Richard Pond - Hard Times (2017)
7-8 minutes, for Violin, Piano.

Updated for piano and violin from early composition 1995. Original recording can be found on my CD Only in the Bath
 
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Richard Pond - St Thomas (2017)
5-6 minutes, for Saxophone Quartet .

Originally written for brass quartet. Recently rescored for Sax quartet.
 
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Richard Pond - The Calling (2017)
11-15 minutes, for Classical wind ensemble.

Piece for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn requested for concert 2018.
 
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Peter Nickol - To a Son (2017)
3 minutes, for choir TBB and piano.

Email Peter: pnickol@phonecoop.coop 01392 255512 www.impulse-music.co.uk/peternickol/
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Peter Nickol - Benedictus (2017)
2 minutes, for Chorus SATB.

Email Peter: pnickol@phonecoop.coop 01392 255512 www.impulse-music.co.uk/peternickol/
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Peter Nickol - For One (2017)
2 minutes, for clavichord.

Email Peter: pnickol@phonecoop.coop 01392 255512 www.impulse-music.co.uk/peternickol/
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Richard Pond - An Invite (2017)
4 minutes, for Flute, Piano.

composition waiting to be performed.
 
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Richard Pond - The Chat Room (2016)
5-6 minutes, for Piano.

Performed at St Marks Church, Gloucester by pianist Steve Lea
 
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Richard Pond - The Dance Suite (2016)
11-15 minutes, for String Quartet.

CD recording at Ragged Moon recording studios with Jonathan Trim's Amico String Quartet.
 
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John Pitts - How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano (2016)
unknown minutes, for Piano.


The perfect present for adventurous pianists:

AVAILABLE NOW FROM LULU.COM

A collection of 24 raags for solo piano, or duet or duo - one for each hour of night and day.

Indian raags have an extraordinary musical heritage dating back several centuries (from the area that is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) - a truly unique musical genre of fascinating melodic beauty and rhythmic intricacy – freely combining elaborate composed melodies with carefully rehearsed improvisation.

This rich and intriguing music is traditionally performed on sitar – or instruments such as the sarangi, sarod, esraj or voice – and has previously been generally unavailable to pianists. But now the amazing world of Indian raags has been opened up in this sympathetic but thorough reinvention for piano solo (or duet or two pianos) by an award-winning British composer.

This collection of 24 raags will be enjoyed by good amateur pianists through to virtuosic professionals. It is suitable for any pianist who enjoys discovering new music, or who has an interest in music from other cultures, or who knows the pleasure of jazz noodling and wants to explore a rewarding and fresh (but centuries-old) form of improvisation. This book contains:

• Sheet music for piano solo: a set of 24 raags, newly composed within a traditional raag genre, one for each hour of night and day, sunset to sunset, encompassing a wide array of moods, and based on over twenty fascinating scales.

• Step by step instructions to play each of the pre-composed and improvised sections of Indian raags, written for pianists who are used to playing European classical music and jazz.

• Instructions to play any of these raags in a duet or at two pianos.

• Hundreds of musical examples.


Published by Intensely Pleasant Music
Email John: severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk 0117 904 8902 www.johnpitts.co.uk
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Steven Kings - April Zen (2016)
30+ minutes, for Tenor and Piano.

Song Cycle in five parts, setting texts from Zen Calendar 2006
Email Steven: drstevenkings@hotmail.com www.stevenkings.co.uk
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Richard Pond - Equinox Suite (2016)
11-15 minutes, for Piano.

Recorded for CD on Bechstein grand piano. Joshua Crunden soloist.
 
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Steven Kings - Prelude, Cumulation, Trio (2015)
9-10 minutes, for Violin, Piano.

Three sections, played without a break
LISTEN HERE
Email Steven: drstevenkings@hotmail.com www.stevenkings.co.uk
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Steven Kings - April 1 - 6 (2015)
7-8 minutes, for Tenor and Piano.

Part One of "April Zen"
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Email Steven: drstevenkings@hotmail.com www.stevenkings.co.uk
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Richard Pond - The Influence Suite (2015)
16-20 minutes, for violin,cello,d/bass,clarinet,piano,tampora,guzheng.

CD recording at Ragged Moon recording studio. Conducted by Jonathan Trim
 
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Jonathan Palmer - Happy Returns (2015)
5-6 minutes, for Full Orchestra.

Anniversary Concert Overture (for John Rutter and the composer - both 70).
Published by Self
Email Jonathan: newland.music@virgin.net 07751 690993  
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Peter Nickol - Le Mystère (2015)
2 minutes, for Organ.

View a sample page from the score here.
Email Peter: pnickol@phonecoop.coop 01392 255512 www.impulse-music.co.uk/peternickol/
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