CATALOGUE

 

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ORCHESTRA AND ENSEMBLE

 

Three Deleuzabelli Variations

Ensemble [fl, cl, vib, guit, vla, vc, pno], c.6 minutes. Commissioned for the Deleuzabelli Variations project with the Hermes Ensemble as part of 'Experimentation versus Interpretation: Exploring New Paths in Music Performance in the Twenty-First Century' [ME21]. First performed by the Hermes Ensemble, Antwerp, 17 March 2015.

 

Lachrymae Variations

15 solo strings [4,4,4,2,1], c.25 minutes. First performed by Longbow, Peter Sheppard Skærved (director), Maison Dieu, Dover, 20 May 2016. Recorded on David Gorton: Variations on John Dowland (Toccata Classics, 2017).

 

Burgh Castle

Piano and ensemble [cl, hn, accord, vln, vla, vc], c.20 minutes. Commissioned by CHROMA with funding from the Performance Rights Society Foundation. First performances given by Roderick Chadwick (piano) and CHROMA ensemble, The Forge and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 11 and 23 November 2015.

 

Schmetterlingsspiel

Solo oboe and ensemble [alt fl, cl, vln, vla, vc], c.18 minutes. Commissioned by Christopher Redgate. First performed by Ensemble Exposé, Christopher Redgate (oboe), Roger Redgate (conductor), Bates Mill, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 21 November 2009. Recorded on Electrifying Oboe (Métier, 2013).

 

The Fall of Babel

Symphony orchestra, c.15 minutes. Commissioned by spnm. First performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zsolt Nagy (conductor), Maida Vale Studio 1, 23 June 2006, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Hear and Now.

 

Sonnentode

Solo soprano and ensemble [picc, cl, vla, vc, pno], c.8 minutes. Commissioned by spnm. First performed by Jane’s Minstrels, Jane Manning (soprano), Roger Montgomery (conductor), Coombehurst Studio, Kingston University, 24 June 2005.

 

Oblique Prayers

Solo soprano and large ensemble, c.28 minutes. Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. First performed by the London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Claire Booth (soprano), Queen Elizabeth Hall, 27 April 2002, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Hear and Now.

 

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

 

Fosdyke Wash

Piano and string quartet, c.16 minutes. First performed by Zubin Kanga (piano) and the Kreutzer Quartet, St John's Church Waterloo, Waterloo Festival, 29 June 2013. Recorded on David Gorton: Orfordness (Métier, 2015).

 

Austerity Measures II

Howarth-Redgate oboe and string quartet, c.20 minutes. Composed as part of a visiting researcher position at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium. First performed by Christopher Redgate (oboe) and the Kreutzer Quartet, Wilton's Music Hall, 12 June 2013. Recorded on David Gorton: Orfordness (Métier, 2015).

 

Hereward's Lament

19-division trumpet and 8th-tone horn, c.6 minutes. Commissioned by Stephen Altoft and Samuel Stoll. First performed by Stephen Altoft (19-division trumpet) and Samuel Stoll (8th-tone horn), the Vortex Jazz Club, UK MicroFest 4, 5 March 2011, and at the Tate Britain 'Late at Tate', 1 April 2011.

 

Wind Sculpture

Trombone and accordion (or organ), c.10 minutes. Commissioned by Professor James Watson for the trombones of the Royal Academy of Music. First performed by Philip Dewhurst (trombone) and Rafal Luc (accordion), Royal Academy of Music, 3 February 2010. Version for trombone and organ first performed by Stephanie Conway (trombone) and Pavla Bockova (organ), St Marylebone Church, 7 May 2010.

 

2nd String Quartet: Frozen Landscapes

String quartet, c.12 minutes. Commissioned by the London String Quartet Foundation and ABRSM (Publishing) Limited with funds provided by the John S. Cohen Foundation and the Neville Abraham Foundation. Published by ABRSM (Publishing) Limited in Spectrum for String Quartet (London, 2008). First performed by the Sacconi Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 11 March 2008.

 

Passacaglia

Violin and cello, c.20 minutes. Commissioned by Tate St Ives as part of the ‘Minimal Means’ series of events. First performed by Peter Sheppard Skærved (violin) and Neil Heyde (cello), Tate Gallery, St Ives, 8 September 2007.

 

String Quartet: Trajectories

String quartet, c.22 minutes. Commissioned by Tate St Ives. First performed by the Kreutzer Quartet, Tate Gallery, St Ives, 17 September 2006. Recorded on Trajectories: Music by David Gorton (Métier, 2010).

 

Melting Forms

Piano trio, c.13 minutes. Commissioned by Music Past & Present. First performed by the Lawson Trio, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, 26 February 2006. Recorded by Peter Sheppard Skærved, Neil Heyde, and Roderick Chadwick on Trajectories: Music by David Gorton (Métier, 2010).

 

Silva Myrtea

Mezzo-soprano, clarinet, and cello, c.3 minutes. Commissioned by Gemini. First performed by Alison Wells (mezzo-soprano), Ian Mitchell (clarinet), Zoë Martlew (cello), the Music School, Durham, 28 February 2002.

 

Tähtelä, Place of the Stars

Cello and accordion, c.6 minutes. Commissioned by the Czardas Duo. First performed by Matthew Forbes (cello) and Ian Watson (accordion), British Music Information Centre, 11 December 2001, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, In Tune.

 

Revontuli

Clarinet, vibraphone, and piano, c.3 minutes. Commissioned by King’s College London for the occasion of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s retirement as Henry Purcell Professor of Composition. First performed by Kate Romano (clarinet), Alan Hicks (piano), Richard Benjafield (vibraphone), Chapel of King’s College London, 1 October 2001.

 

 

SOLO INSTRUMENT

 

Austerity Measures I

10-string guitar, c.12 minutes. First performed by Stefan Östersjö, ORCiM Research Festival, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, 2 October 2014.

 

Forlorn Hope

11-string alto guitar and optional electronics, c.20 minutes. First performed by Stefan Östersjö (guitar) and Juan Parra Cancino (electronics), ORCiM Research Festival, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, 5 October 2012. Recorded on David Gorton: Variations on John Dowland (Toccata Classics, 2017).

 

Hlówung for Sutton Hoo

Solo horn, c.8 minutes. First performed by Carly Lake, Cast Court, Victoria and Albert Museum, 14 September 2012.

 

Orfordness

Solo piano, c.16 minutes. Commissioned and first performed by Zubin Kanga as part of the Out Hear contemporary music series at Kings Place, 13 February 2012. Recorded on David Gorton: Orfordness (Métier, 2015).

 

Caprices

Solo violin, c.15 minutes. Ongoing project with nine Caprices composed to date. Individual performances given by Peter Sheppard Skærved at the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate St Ives, Wilton’s Music Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barnes Auditorium in Cornell, and the Janacek Academy in Brno. Caprice VII performed at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Only Connect exhibition, 18 March 2011. Caprices I and II recorded by Peter Sheppard Skærved on Trajectories: Music by David Gorton (Métier, 2010).

 

Capriccio

Solo cello, c.5 minutes. First performed by Neil Heyde, Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, Couvent des Cordelier, Paris, 28 October 2009.

 

Four Inventions

Solo violin, c.10 minutes. Dedicated to Peter Sheppard Skærved and Wilton's Music Hall. First performed by Peter Sheppard Skærved, Wilton’s Music Hall, 14 September 2008.

 

2nd Sonata for Cello

Solo cello with optional electronics, c.12 minutes. First performed by Neil Heyde (cello) and David Gorton (electronics), Connect Festival, Malmö, 15 November 2011. Recorded on David Gorton: Orfordness (Métier, 2015).

 

Erinnerungsspiel

Oboe and optional electronics, c.16 minutes. First performed by Christopher Redgate (oboe), Michael Casey (electronics), Coombehurst Studio, Kingston University, 29 January 2007. Recorded on Electrifying Oboe (Métier, 2013).

 

Sonata for Solo Cello

Solo cello, c.16 minutes. First performed by Neil Heyde, Tate St Ives, 11 September 2005. Recorded on Trajectories: Music by David Gorton (Métier, 2010).

 

Ondine

Solo piano, c.7 minutes. First performed by Jan Karl Rautio, Royal Academy of Music, 28 June 2004.

 

Prelude after d’Anglebert

Solo piano, c.1 minute. Commissioned by Thalia Myers. Published by ABRSM (Publishing) in Spectrum 4 (London, 2005). First performed by Graham Ross, David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 21 November 2005. Recorded on Spectrum 4 (Usk, 2005).

 

 

CHORAL MUSIC

 

In God I Trust

SATB, c.3 minutes. First performed by the Chapel Choir of King's College London, Joseph Fort (conductor), King's College London Chapel, 15 November 2016.

 

Regina Caeli

SSAATTBB, c.2 minutes. First performed by Musa Horti, Peter Dejans (conductor): Abdij Keizersberg, Leuven, Belgium, 16 November 2012; Sint-Adelbertabdij, Egmond-Binnen, Netherlands, 25 November 2012; Sint-Pietersabdij, Steenbrugge-Assebroek, Belgium, 30 November 2012.

 

Alma Redemptoris Mater

SATB with solo soprano, c.3 minutes. First performed by the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir, Patrick Russill (conductor), Clare Lloyd (solo soprano), Neresheim Abbey, Germany, 3 September 2010. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Choral Evensong, 8 and 12 September 2010. Published by NoteNova.

 

David Gorton. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega.