I've completed the first 15 minutes of a setting of the Requiem Mass: relatively easy choral parts are accompanied by a modest ensemble of wind and string sextets with percussion. I won't be setting the Latin text in its entirety, but will include a number of English poems reflecting, in one way or another, on death, decay, and the passing of things. These poems will be set for solo voices. (Britten's War Requiem is an obvious model for this kind of structure, but my work will perhaps be closer in spirit to Fauré.) If you know of anyone interested in commissioning such a work, please let me know!
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When I compose, I like to think of live musicians, singing or playing. I prefer the sometimes rough edges, the rasp, clatter and hiss of acoustic instruments, to the manufactured perfection of electronic sound. And I prefer the uncertainties of live performance to recordings which, however wonderful, remain forever the same. Read more...
Engaging with other people is also essential to my work as performer and teacher. As a pianist, I do give the occasional solo recital, but I have a definite preference for work (not just concerts) in which I partner singers or instrumentalists in one combination or another. Read more...
Julian is a composer, pianist and educator with over ten years’ experience of teaching music and creative studies at degree level at the University of Sussex and in the wider community.