Michael Zev Gordon

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Michael Zev Gordon (born 1963, London) is a British composer, of Jewish ancestry.[1]

A past oboe player,[2] Gordon studied composition in the UK with Robin Holloway, Oliver Knussen and John Woolrich, and in Italy with Franco Donatoni. He was a composition pupil of Louis Andriessen from 1989 to 1990.[3]

Gordon has taught previously at the universities of Birmingham and Durham, and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton and a Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music.

Selected Compositions[edit]

  • A Small Folly (2002)
  • Allele (2010)[4]
  • And I Will Betroth You (1997)
  • Barcarola (1998)
  • Bells, Lachrimae and Stillness (2000)
  • Breaking Boundaries (1993)
  • ...by the edge of the forest of desires (2000)
  • Changing Lights... (1990)
  • Crystal Clear (2003)
  • Dolce (1996)
  • Drive (1993)
  • Ein Morgenblat (2001)
  • The Fabric of Dreams (Oboe Concerto; 2006)[2]
  • False Relations (1994)
  • Far Away (1995)
  • For Robin (1993)
  • Fragments of a Diary (2005)
  • Grace (1998)
  • Gravity and Grace I (1995)
  • Gravity and Grace II (1996)
  • Gravity and Grace III (1996)
  • Gravity and Grace IV (1997)
  • High Ground (1998)
  • The Impermanence of Things (for piano and orchestra; 2009)
  • In the Startled Space (1993)
  • In veritate (2003)
  • Jubilate (1997)
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (1984)
  • A Mermaid Sings (1997)
  • The Moon and the Flame-Tree (1989)
  • Music For Andries (1991)
  • nine birds (rising) (1991)
  • no time ago... (1990)
  • Of Here and Elsewhere (2005)
  • On Memory (2004)
  • On the Other Hand (2003)
  • One Violet (1994)
  • The Path To Pen-y-gent (1988)
  • A Pebble in the Pond (2009)[5]
  • Piano Trio (1989)
  • Plain Hunting (2000)
  • Psalm 150 (1999)
  • Red Sea (1996–2002)[6]
  • Remains of Elmet (1986)
  • Resolution
  • sleight (2001)
  • Song (1999)[7]
  • Spiralling (1990)
  • still (1991)
  • Still Hunting (2000)
  • String Quartet (1994)
  • summer fallow (2007)
  • There Always (2003; for chamber ensemble)
  • There Always (2006; for string orchestra)
  • There We Sat Down (1992)
  • There We Sat Down II (1992)
  • There We Sat Down III (1992)
  • Thirteen Ways (1995)[8]
  • This Night (for choir and cello; 2007)
  • Three Poems of e.e. cummings (1987)
  • Three Rabbinical Sayings (2002)
  • Three Short Pieces (string quartet; 2005)[9]
  • Too Many Names (1995)
  • Touch (1990)
  • Trio (1989)
  • Two Dances (1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Zev Gordon (2002-06-28). "Red Sea blues". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b Rian Evans (2006-08-11). "Britten Sinfonia/Watkins (Snape Proms, Aldeburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  3. ^ Michael Zev Gordon (2002-09-27). "Why we love Louis". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  4. ^ Rian Evans (2010-07-13). "Iestyn Davies & Fretwork/New London Chamber Choir (Cheltenham festival)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ Rian Evans (2009-07-14). "Cheltenham Festival Academy (Holy Apostles Church/Pump Room, Cheltenham)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  6. ^ Rian Evans (2002-07-09). "BBC Singers/ Cleobury (Gloucester Cathedral)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  7. ^ Fiona Maddocks (1999-06-27). "Imagery dripped, time stood still and the composer's friends did a runner at the intervals". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  8. ^ Drakeford, Richard (January 1996). "Oxo Kids". The Musical Times 137 (1835): 41–43. JSTOR 1003390. 
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-01-12). "PLG Young Artists (Purcell Room, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 

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