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recently released

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cold with him

2021

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for clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello c.5'

World premiere by Red Note Ensemble, as part of Noisy Nights at sound unbound.

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supine (it lay)

2020-21

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for violoncello and piano c.7'

Written for Jennifer Langridge and Benjamin Powell of Psappha Ensemble, as part of their Composing for... scheme, 2020-21.

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Capriccio

2021

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for solo high voice and triangle (1 player) c.6'

World premiere by Lisa Newill-Smith, soprano.

 

Significant works

Large Ensemble & Music Theatre

stranger, morning
2020

for solo voice and orchestra c.9-10'

Text by Rufus Isabel Elliot. Version for solo voice and piano also available.

Premiere of voice and piano version scheduled in 2021 by Ella Taylor and Maya Leigh-Rosenwasser, in a concert of works by trans composers.

The Strange Musician

2018-2019

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for violinist/actor, 3 d/Deaf actors, mezzo-soprano, BSL narrator/actor conductor, flute (doubling piccolo), horn, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, string quartet, contrabass c.26'

World premiere by Glasgow New Music Expedition and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students at Plug 9: Finale with GNME and Philip Venables, RCS, Glasgow.

Artwork by Angus Dunn

 

Small Ensemble

cold with him

2021

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for clarinet, violin, viola, and violoncello c.5'

World premiere by Red Note Ensemble, as part of Noisy Nights at sound unbound.

In waves

2020

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for string quartet c.7'

Commissioned by the RCS for the Edinburgh Quartet, in collaboration with poet Beag Horn and artist Kirstie Cohen.

World premeiere by Crossing Borders Music.

Selected for JACK Studio, 2020-2022 by JACK Quartet.

Selected to represent Scotland at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days 2021.

before, and since

2020

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for digital ensemble c.3'

Comissioned by sound for Any Enemy Ensemble, for live performance over Zoom.

Second performance in soundfestival by Any Enemy, live-staged.

In a sea of screaming I hear your voice

2020

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for brass septet c.8-9'

Awarded Second Prize in the Diversity Initiative Call for Scores Septet Category. World premiere scheduled in 2021.

I could
2019-2020

for oboe, bassoon, trumpet, violin, and violoncello c.6'30"

World premiere by Red Note Ensemble at Oakwood Primary School, Easterhouse. Second performance in Red Note Ensemble; Eight Songs for a Mad King, Cottier's Theatre, Glasgow.

Permanent Address

2019

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for clarinet, violin, viola, and violoncello c.10

World premiere by Hebrides Ensemble at Diversions at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Diversions was awarded 2 Scottish New Music Awards; The RCS Award for Making it Happen and The ISM Music Prize for Collaborations. 

Second performance by Red NNote Ensemble scheduled in soundfestival 2021.

Photography by Alasdair Dunn 

Don't call me that!

2018-2019

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for string quartet c.12'

Awarded the Walter & Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award, 2019.

World premiere by The Brodick Quartet at Fridays at One, PLUG 8: Brodick Quartet, RCS, Glasgow.

 

Solo & Duo

supine (it lay)

2020-21

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for violon cello and piano c.7

Written for Jennifer Langridge and Benjamin Powell of Psappha Ensemble, as part of their Composing for... scheme, 2020-21.

for electric guitar and tape c.6'

Composed for Explorathon 2020, in collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, and inspired by the research of Sam Pearson. Written for Fraser Gordon of Ashenspire, and performed in Explorathon by Eli Thayer of Marine Anthropology.

UNSUNG II; Harbinger&Herald

2020

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for flute and electronics c.6'

Commissioned by sound Scotland for soundfestival 2020, and performed by Ruth Morely of Red Note Ensemble and Alistair MacDonald.

winding through seaweed

2020

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watch (Iván Sánchez Iglesias)

for soprano saxophone and tape c.3'

Commissioned by Jenny Gillies and Nevis Ensemble, for Jenny Akroyd, as part of the Lochan Sketches project, 2020. Premiere on BBC Radio Scotland, Classics Unwrapped.

Dutch premiere by Iván Sánchez Iglesias in recital Human Bubbles, 2021.

Heartstrings

2020

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for violin and violoncello c.5'

World premiere by Jackie Shave and Robert Irvine, as part of Red Note Ensemble's Noisy Nights go Digital series.

Unpitched skin

2020

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for classical guitar c.5'

World premiere by Sasha Savaloni, as part of Red Note Ensemble's Noisy Nights go Digital series.

you are embodied air, afloat

2020

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for viola and tape c.10'

World premiere by Rufus Isabel Elliot, Glasgow, 2020.

Stolen Hours

2019

listen (Alina Horváth)

watch (Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser)

for out-of-tune piano and tape c.6'30"

Recording by Alina Horváth and mastering by Amit Anand, 2020.

Live premiere by Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, Bishopsgate, 2021.

Recordings taken of Alasdair Dunn, with permission.

Artwork by Angus Dunn.

Six Weather Pictures

2019

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for tenor saxophone and piano, with optional live signed description c.11'

Awarded the 2018/2019 Kimie Composition Prize, and commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland for the Gelos Duo, funded by Kimie Trust. Two performances at The Yard, Edinburgh, for children with additional support needs.

Artwork by Angus Dunn

am

2018

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for projected text, live BSL, and piano c.14'

Supported by Creative Scotland, Sonic Bothy, DaDaFest, and Unlimited. Performed by Electra Perivolaris and Rylan Gleave. Two performances at The Scottish Music Centre, 2018 and A Sign of Things to come, 2019.

 

Vocal & Choral

Capriccio

2021

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for solo high voice and triangle (1 player) c.6'

World premiere by Lisa Newill-Smith, soprano.

stranger, morning

2020

for solo voice and orchestra c.9-10'

Text by Rufus Isabel Elliot. Version for solo voice and piano also available.

Premiere of voice and piano version scheduled in 2021 by Ella Taylor and Maya Leigh-Rosenwasser, in a concert of works by trans composers.

There will be no end
2020

for youth choir and piano c.3'30"

Commissioned by Dr. Paul Whittaker OBE for Scunthorpe Junior Cooperative Choir. Text by Anne Macleod. Awaiting world premiere in 2021. SATB version also available.

Windows
2017-2018

for high voice and piano c.15'30

Song cycle with text by Elizabeth Foster. Versions for low and medium voice also available.

Distinguished Guests

2017-2018

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for live vocals and tape c.6'

World premiere by Rylan Gleave at PLUG 2: Sonic Arts, RCS, Glasgow.