My setting of the Requiem Mass is now complete at c.45', including a keyboard part for rehearsal. Relatively easy choral parts are accompanied by a modest ensemble of thirteen players - wind and string sextets with percussion. I have set the bulk of the Latin text, but have also included six English and American poems reflecting, in one way or another, on death, decay, and the passing of things. These poems are set for solo soprano and baritone. All that is now required is permission from the publishers of Edwin Muir and Robert Frost to set these authors' poems: I have been waiting for a clear response since 2017.
Also new: 'Szenen am Bach': three 'Goldberg' variations for piano. These were commissioned by Rachel Fryer, who will be giving the premiere later this month (July 2020). For more info., see Variations https://www.variationsdowntheline.org/index.html.
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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.