Anthony Gilbert (composer)

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Anthony Gilbert (born 26 July 1934) is a British composer.

Biography[edit]

Gilbert, who was born in London on 26 July 1934,[1] trained initially as a translator, then studied composition with Mátyás Seiber privately, and with Alexander Goehr and Anthony Milner at Morley College (Williams 2001). He also studied with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood.[2][citation needed] He was head of the School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music until 1999.[3] Amongst his students there were Simon Holt,[4] Martin Butler and James Saunders.[5] He is published by the University of York Music Press (since 1994) and Schott Music (works prior to 1994).

Work[edit]

Compositions[edit]

  • Elegy for piano, 1961
  • Strophics for violin & piano, 1961
  • Piano Sonata no.1, 1962
  • Duo for violin and viola, 1963
  • Serenade for 6 instruments, 1963
  • Missa Brevis for unaccompanied choir, 1965
  • Sinfonia for chamber orchestra, 1965
  • Assonants 1 for SATB soli + clarinet & horn, 1965
  • Regions for two orchestras, 1966
  • Three War Poems for chorus, 1966
  • Piano Sonata no.2 (piano 4-hands), 1966
  • Brighton Piece for 8 players, 1967
  • Nine or Ten Osannas for 5 players, 1967
  • The Incredible Flute Music for flute and piano (Peal I), 1968
  • Peal II for big band, 1968
  • Shepherd Masque for young voices, 1968
  • Spell Respell for electric basset clarinet and piano, 1968
  • Mother for solo cello and ensemb
  • Treatment of Silence for violin and tape, 1969
  • Love Poems for soprano and instrumental ensemble (2 versions) 10’, 1970
  • The Scene-Machine one-act opera, libretto by George MacBeth 50’, 1970
  • Cantata: the man who tried to hijack an airliner 16’ (withdrawn), 1971
  • O’Grady Music for clarinet, cello and toy instruments 24’, 1971
  • String Quartet with Piano Pieces (also exists in version for string quartet alone) 17’ / 22’, 1972
  • Little Piano Pieces (from above, performable as a separate work) 8’, 1972
  • Symphony (incorporates modified version of Regions) 39’, 1973
  • Canticle I (Rock-Song), for wind instruments 9’, 1973
  • Canticle II (Anger) for 6 male voices 6’, 1974
  • Ghost and Dream Dancing for orchestra 19’, 1974
  • Inscapes for soprano, speaking voice and small ensemble 30’, 1975
  • Crow-Cry for chamber orchestra 20’, 1976
  • Welkin for orchestra 11’, 1976
  • The Chakravaka-Bird radio opera (libretto trans. from Indian sources by A. K. Ramanujan, Daniel H. H. Ingalls and A. Gilbert) (contact composer) 77’, 1977
  • Towards Asâvari for piano and chamber orchestra 22’, 1978
  • Canticle I (Rock-Song) version 2, for woodwind, horns, harp & piano 9', 1979
  • Calls around Chungmori for chamber ensemble and participating audience 15’, 1979
  • Long White Moonlight for soprano and electric double bass 18’, 1980
  • Vasanta with Dancing for chamber ensemble (dancer optional) 17’, 1981
  • Crow Undersongs for solo viola 11’, 1981
  • Chant of Cockeye Bob for children’s voices and instruments 14’, 1981
  • Koonapippi for youth orchestra 6’, 1981
  • Sunrising for oboe and piano (commissioned and published by Forsyth Bros. Ltd., Manchester) 3’, 1981
  • Bendigo Match for wind band (MS) 3', 1981
  • Concert Fanfare for Strathfieldsaye for 5 brass and 2 perc. (MS) 1', 1981
  • Little Fantasy on Gold-digger Melodies for flute and string quartet (MS) 4', 1981
  • Little Dance of Barrenjoey for fl.,cl., vla, vc. (MS) 2’, 1981
  • Victorian Round for any number of voices (MS), 1981
  • Two Birds by Kuring-Gai for horn and piano (commissioned and published by Forsyth) 6’, 1982
  • Moonfaring for cello and percussion 19'-30’, 1983
  • Dawnfaring for viola and piano 15’, 1984
  • Quartet of Beasts for 3 wind instruments and piano 13’, 1984
  • Beastly Jingles for soprano and instrumental ensemble 11’, 1984
  • O alter Duft for solo piano (withdrawn), 1984
  • Six of the Bestiary for saxophone quartet 12’, 1985
  • Funtoons: children’s pieces for piano (MS) 8’, 1985
  • Fanfarings for 6 and 8 brass instruments (MS) 5 x 1’, 1986
  • String Quartet II (revised 2003) 19’, 1987
  • String Quartet III super hoqueto 'David' 7’, 1987
  • Peal III for piano (MS) 2’, 1984
  • Peal IV for organ (MS) 2’, 1984
  • Four small Farings for sopranino recorder/piccolo and piano (Forsyth)**, 1984
  • Dream Carousels for orchestra of wind 13’, 1984
  • Certain Lights Reflecting song-cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (to poems of Sarah Day) 19’, 1989
  • Tree of Singing Names for chamber orchestra 15’, 1989
  • O alter Duft for piano duet (withdrawn), 1990
  • Upstream River Rewa for storyteller and Indo-European ensemble 29’, 1991
  • Mozart Sampler with Ground for orchestra 10’, 1991
  • Igórochki for solo recorder player and chamber ensemble 22’, 1992
  • Fanfaring V for brass (MS) 1’, 1992
  • Little Cycle for Elizabeth Yeoman for soprano, cello and piano (MS) 7’, 1992
  • Paluma for sopranino recorder and piano (arranged from movement IV of Igórochki) (MS) 4’, 1993
  • Trying to make John SLOW DOWN AFTER 50 for sopranino recorder and piano (Forsyth)**, 1993
  • Ziggurat for bass clarinet and marimba 21’, 1994
  • ...into the Gyre of a Madder Dance for orchestral wind (University of York Music Press) 7’, 1994
  • Handles to the Invisible for a cappella choir (to poems of Sarah Day) (rev. 2003) 15’, 1995
  • Stars for treble recorder and guitar (rev. 2004) 13’, 1995
  • Moon comes up, Pearl Beach (June ‘79) for alto flute, vibraphone and cello (version 2, MS lost) 1’, 1995
  • Flame Robin for sopranino recorder solo (Forsyth) 1’, 1995
  • Miss Carroll her Lullabye for sopranino recorder and piano (Forsyth)**, 1995
  • Chant-au-clair sopranino recorder and piano (Forsyth)**, 1995
  • Midwales Lightwhistle Automatic for sopranino recorder and piano (Forsyth)**, 1996
  • Dancing to the Tune for 4-8 oboes, 2-4 cors anglais, 1-2 heckelphones (MS) 4’, 1996
  • This Tree (Frances Horovitz) [no.1 of Love Poems (1970), arr. mezzo and piano] (Schott) 3’, 1996
  • Réflexions, Rose nord for bass clarinet and vibraphone 5’, 1996
  • On beholding a Rainbow concerto for violin and orchestra 30’, 1997
  • Osanna for Lady O for cello and piano (rewritten 2007) 8’, 1997
  • Ondine - chant au clair de lune for soprano and recorder (Aloysius Bertrand) (MS) 6', 1998
  • Vers de Lune soprano plus flute, cello, percussion (Aloysius Bertrand) (incorporates a version of Ondine - chant au clair... above) 17’, 1999
  • Os for oboe and vibraphone (revised 2002) 16’, 1999
  • Margareeting for tenor or descant recorder and piano (MS) 2’, 2000
  • Sinfin for vibraphone solo 8’, 2000
  • Sinfin 2 for 4 vibraphones (arrangement of above) 8’, 2000
  • Worldwhorls for bass clarinet solo 8’, 2000
  • Another Dream Carousel for string orchestra 8’, 2000
  • Photos found at Hukvaldy, August 1928 for oboe solo 5’, 2000
  • Even in flames,/the Thames/can’t hold a candle/to the Wandle for variable orchestra 6’, 2000
  • Farings for sopranino recorder and piano (Forsyth) (the published compilation of all double-asterisked items) 15’, 2000
  • Unrise for ten wind 16’, 2001
  • Four Seasons for Josca’s for young players (variable ens.) 3’, 2001
  • Piano Sonata no.3 autour des palombes 15', 2001
  • Sinfin parados for vibraphone duo (arrangement of Sinfin) 8’, 2002
  • String Quartet IV 23’, 2002
  • Kauri for solo Tuba 11’, 2002
  • Tulip Tree dances for solo Bass and Treble Recorders 15’, 2003
  • Ondine (version 2, extended), soprano + recorder, cello, hpschd. 11’, 2003
  • Sheer for string orch. 16’, 2003
  • Palace of the Winds for 11 solo strings 15’, 2003
  • Rose luisante for solo freebass accordion 9’, 2003
  • Tinos for soprano, clarinet and vibraphone (Magdalena Mismareza) 3’, 2004
  • Litany for clarinet and piano (Associated Board Spectrum series) 2’, 2004
  • Catercorny 4 pieces for clarinet and piano (contains Litany above) 6', 2004
  • Swallowtail for solo vibraphone 2', 2004
  • Encantos song-cycle to Spanish symbolist love poetry for soprano or mezzo + clarinet, vibraphone, guitar (Magdalena Mismareza & anon.) (includes Tinos above) 14', 2004
  • Halifenu Vine Dance for organ and pre-recorded organ 9', 2005
  • People Pieces for piano (beginners and on) 15’, 2005
  • Dark Singing, Dancing Light for bassoon and string quintet/string ens. 10', 2005
  • A Piece of Cake for treble recorder and piano (MS) 80", 2006
  • Jugalbandi Blues for bass clarinet solo 60", 2006
  • Passing Bells for piano solo 3', 2006
  • Ygg-drasill for soprano or mezzo + recorder, ob., cl., bsn, trp., 3 vlns, vc. (Cincuentas 3) 9', 2006
  • Groove, Perchants, dance-concerto for orchestra 19', 2006
  • Moon comes up, Pearl Beach (June ‘79) for alto flute, vibraphone, vc.(version 1 reconstructed) (Cincuentas 2) 2', 2007
  • Osanna for Lady O for cello and piano (1997, rewritten 2007) 8’, 2007
  • ecco Eco for flute, clarinet & vibraphone (Cincuentas 4) 50", 2007
  • Echo for solo trumpet (Cincuentas 5) 4', 2007
  • HumDance for string trio 20', 2007
  • En Bateau, d'après Watteau for soprano, recorder, oboe, violin & cello (to poems by Baudelaire & Proust) 9', 2007
  • York Surprise for flute, clarinet & bass clarinet 8', 2007
  • Those Fenny Bells for treble, counter-tenor and vibraphone (poem by John Clare) 3', 2008
  • Twirlpool for flute and viola 3', 2008
  • Gioco dei Pari for violin & viola (reworking of Duo of 1962) 10', 2008
  • Tulip Dance for solo flute (arranged from Tulip Tree, 2003) 5', 2008
  • Word-Chimes in the Wind for wind quintet 18', 2008
  • Twinned Set 7 short pieces for solo bassoon 18', 2008
  • Set Two 7 short pieces for solo bass clarinet 18', 2008
  • String Quartet no. 5 20', 2009
  • Do Well : 8 short pieces for piano solo 15', 2009

Arrangements[edit]

  • Guillaume de Machaut: Ma fin est mon commencement, arr. recorder ensemble with tambour (MS) 4', 1981
  • Arthur Benjamin: Two Jamaican Street Songs, arr. piano 4h. (Boosey), 1990
  • Mátyás Seiber: Burlesque from Pastorale & Burlesque, arr. recorder and piano; also arr. recorder and string trio (Schott), 2005

References[edit]

  • Connoly, Justin. 1968. "Cornelius Cardew's The Great Digest and Anthony Gilbert's Missa brevis". Tempo 86:16–17.
  • Henderson, R. 1971–72. "Anthony Gilbert". Music and Musicians 20, no. 7:42–49.
  • Hopkins, George William. 1968. "Anthony Gilbert". Musical Times 109:907–10.
  • Jarman, Douglas. 2004. "The Music of Anthony Gilbert", 2 parts. Tempo 58, no. 229 (July): 2–17; 58, no. 230 (October): 38–49.
  • Kennedy, Michael (2006), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 985 pages, ISBN 0-19-861459-4
  • Walsh, Stephen. 1972. "Time Off and The Scene Machine". Musical Times 113:137–39.
  • Williams, Nicholas. 2001. "Gilbert, Anthony". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.