Edward Cowie · List of Works

Orchestral Works

2013

Earth Music I (The Great Barrier Reef)

for Large Orchestra

9'

UMP

Commissioned by the BBC for the 2013 Promenade Concerts and premiered by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda.

2001

Moment To Moment

for Large Orchestra

20'

UMP

1997

L'or de la Trompette d'Eté

for String Orchestra

20'

Schott

Premiered by the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra under Gilbert Amy, Lancaster University

1986

Atlas

for Large Symphony Orchestra

35'

Schott

Commissioned by the RLPS. Premiered by the RLPO under the composer, with David Bellamy as narrator, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 1986.

1984

Fifteen Minute Australia

for Large Orchestra

15'

Schott

Composed for the Merseyside Youth Orchestra as part of the composer in Residence with the RLPO. Premiered under the composer, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 1985.

1984

Symphony - 'The American'

32'

UMP

Commissioned by the RLPS and premiered by the RLPO under Marek Janowski, 1984, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

1983

Choral Symphony

for Orchestra with Solo Baritone and Large SATB Chorus

45'

Schott

Commissioned by the Leeds Festival. Premiered by David Wilson-Johnson, Leeds Festival Chorus and the RLPO under Howard Williams, Leeds Town Hall, 1983.

1975

Leviathan

for Large Symphony Orchestra

31'

Schott

Commissioned by the BBC for the 1975 Promenade Concerts and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis.

Concerti

2014-15

Clarinet Concerto no. 3 - 'Ruskin's Dreams'

26'

UMP

Premiered by the BBC Philharmonic under Seal with Julian Bliss, Clarinet, 2016

2003

Cello Concerto (2003 rev.)

Full Symphony Orchestra with Solo Cello

26'

UMP

1993

Cello Concerto

String Orchestra, Percussion and Solo Cello

26'

UMP

Commissioned by ABC Australia for the composer’s 50th birthday celebrations. Premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Ronald Peelman.

1983

Clarinet Concerto

for Orchestra with Solo Clarinet in A

26'

Schott

Premiered by Janet Hilton and the BBCNSO under Norman Del Mar, 1977. Recorded on Hyperion label by the RLPO under Howard Williams, with Alan Hacker, to whom this work is dedicated.

1982

Concerto for Orchestra

for Large Symphony Orchestra

35'

Schott

Premiered by the RLPO under Howard Williams and recorded on Hyperion label. BBC Promenade Concerts 1985.

1977

Piano Concerto

for Orchestra with Solo Piano

35'

Schott

Commissioned by the BBC for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and premiered by Howard Shelly and the BBCNSO under Sir Charles Groves, Manchester 1977. BBC Promenade Concerts 1977.

Choral Works

2014

Three Spitfire Motets

22'

UMP

Commissioned by Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE. Premiered by the BBC Singers under Martyn Brabbins, RAF Museum Hendon, 2015

2011

Bell Bird Motet

for 24 Solo Voices A Capella

6'30"

UMP

BBC Commission for the BBC Singers. Premiered at Earth Music Bristol, St.George’s, Bristol, 2011.

2010

Four Seasons

for SATB Chorus

72'

UMP

Commissioned jointly by CC21 and Commotio with funds from a private foundation and the RVW Trust. Premiered under Howard Williams (CC21) and Matt Berry (Commotio).

2006

National Portraits

for 24 Solo Voices A Capella

62'

UMP

BBC Commission for the BBC Singers in association with the National Portrait Gallery. Premiered under Nicholas Kok.

2004

Inhabitat

for 24 Voices, 18 Solo Strings and Chamber Ensemble

58'

UMP

BBC Commission for the BBC Singers. Premiered and recorded 2008 at BBC Maida Vale Concert Hall under Nicholas Kok with Psappha. Short listed for BBC Radio 3 Listener’s Award, 2008.

2004

The Soft Complaining Flute

for 6 Sopranos and Baroque Flute

6'

UMP

Composed for members of the BBC Singers and Stephen Preston as part of the Composer in Association. Premiered at St.Giles, London, 2004.

2004

Lake Eacham Blues

12 Male Voices A Capella

8'

UMP

Composed for members of the BBC Singers as part of the Composer in Association. Premiered at St.Giles, London, 2005. Short listed for the British Composer Awards Choral Award 2005.

2003

Lyre Bird Motet

for 24 Solo Voices A Capella

6'30"

UMP

Composed for the BBC Singers as part of the Composer in Association. Premiered at the QEH, London, International Choral Festival under Bob Chilcott, 2003. Recorded by the BBC Singers at the 7th World Symposium for Choral Music, Kyoto, for CD.

2002

Ave Maria

for 24 Solo Voices A Capella

9'

UMP

Composed for the BBC Singers as part of the Composer in Association. Premiered at Lancaster University under David Hill, 2004.

2002

Gaia

for 24 Solo Voices and 20 Instruments

65'

UMP

Commissioned by the BBC. Premiere with BBC Singers and Endymion under Stephen Cleobury, BBC Maida Vale 1, 2002

2001

An Exaltation of Larks

for 12 voices A Capella

15'30"

UMP

3 motets: 1. Shore Larks; 2. Wood Larks; 3. Sky Larks. Shore Larks premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2002.

2001

The Charms of Syrinx

for 8 Voices A Capella

12'

UMP

2000

The Stillness Between Two Waves

for 16 Solo Voices

5'30"

UMP

In memoriam Alaric Sumner. Premiered by the BBC Singers under Stephen Cleobury, St.Giles, London, 2002.

1999

Phase Portraits

for 24 Solo Voices with Harp, Piano, Celesta and Harpsichord

16'

UMP

Premiered by the BBC Singers under Stephen Cleobury, London, 2002.

1993

14 Stations of the Cross: Station IX - Third Stumble

for 2 Sopranos, Counter Tenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Bass Clarinet, Double Bass and Percussion

2'42"

AMC

Commissioned by the Sydney Festival. Premiered by Jones & Co.

1991

Queensland Sweet

for 5 Mixed Voices and Hand Percussion

20'

AMC

Commissioned by Jones & Co., Australia and premiered by them in Sydney.

1991

Four Orchestral Songs

for High Voice and Orchestra

1986

Surfer's Carol

for Mixed Chorus, Percussion and Strings

7'

Schott

Commissioned by the RLPS.

1983

Ancient Voices (rev. 1991)

for 4 Male Voices

18'

Schott

Commissioned by The Hilliard Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain. Premiere by Hilliard Ensemble at Helsinki Festival, Finland. 1983

1983

Missa Brevis

for Mixed Chorus, Percussion and Strings

20'

Schott

Commissioned by Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

1982

Kelly Choruses

for 16 Solo Voices and Harp

23'

Schott

Commissioned and premiered by the BBC Northern Singers under Stephen Wilkinson, 1983.

1981

Madrigals

for 24 Solo Voices

21'

Schott

Commissioned by the Petworth Festival and premiered by the BBC Singers under John Poole, 1981.

1978

Gesangbuch (A Capella)

for 24 Solo Voices

44'

Schott

Premiered by the BBC Singers under John Poole

1975

Gesangbuch

for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra

50'

Schott

Commissioned by the Brighton Festival and premiered by the BBC Singers under John Poole. Re-recorded for BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Singers and Endymion under Simon Joly, 2003.

Music Theatre

1983

Kate Kelly's Roadshow

for Chamber Ensemble and Female High Voice

45'

Schott

Commissioned by the Chester Festival and premiered by Fiona Kim and Lontano under Odaline de la Martinez, Gateway Theatre, Chester, 1983. Designs by Sir Sidney Nolan

1977

Commedia

Opera in Four Acts

140'

Schott

Commissioned by the State Opera of Kassel, Germany and premiered under James Lockhart and directed by Michael Geliot, Germany, 1979. Also Sadlers Wells, London, New Opera Group

Chamber Works

2017

California Suite - Guitar Quintet

Guitar and String Quartet

23'

UMP

2014

The Colours of Dark Light

for Oboe(s) and String Quartet

22'

UMP

Commissioned by The Coull Quartet and Warwick University. London Premiere at Imperial College with Chris Redgate, Oboe(s), 2016. Recorded for release on Divine Arts Label in early 2018

2009

Magma Psalm

for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Harp

10'

UMP

Commissioned by Endymion for their Sound Census festival. Premiered at King’s Place, 2009, with Helen Tunstall (solo harp).

2007

Psappha Portraits

for Flute, Clarinet in A, Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion and Piano

38'

UMP

2003

Dark Matter

for Chamber Orchestra with Solo Oboe

18'

UMP

1996

Elysium I-III

for String Orchestra with Solo Clarinet and Flute

40'

Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia and premiered under Nicholas Cleobury, Ely Festival, 1997.

1994

'48 Book I

for Small Chamber Orchestra

42'

AMC

Commissioned by the Brisbane Bienalle Festival and premiered by the Australian Composer’s Ensemble under the composer.

1994

'48 Book II

for Small Chamber Orchestra and High Voice

38'

AMC

Commissioned by the Brisbane Bienalle Festival and premiered by the Australian Composer’s Ensemble under the composer.

1988

Power Music

for String Orchestra

15'

AMC

1986

Cartoon Music

for Small Chamber Group and 2 Percussion

18'

Schott

Commissioned by the RLPO and Merseyside Arts. Premiered by the Phil Ensemble under the composer, 1986.

1982

La Prima Vera

for Solo Harp and Chamber Orchestra

35'

Schott

Commissioned by Tyne-Tees Television for the Northern Sinfonia. Premiered by Frances Kelly and the Northern Sinfonia under Richard Hickox, Stockton, 1982.

1982

Leonardo

for Chamber Orchestra

25'

Schott

Commissioned by BBCTV2 for the City of London Sinfonia and premiered under Richard Hickox at the QEH, 1982.

1978

Columbine

for Coluratura Soprano and Chamber Orchestra

21'

Schott

Commissioned by the Cheltenham International Festival and premiered by The Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square under John Lubbock

1977

Cathedral Music

for Symphonic Brass

25'

Schott

Sonata commissioned by the Northern Brass Ensemble. Premiered by them under John Poole, Manchester Cathedral, 1978.

1973

The Moon, Sea and Stars

Chamber Orchestra and High Voice

21'

Commissioned by the Philomusica of London and premiered at the QEH under the composer.

Vocal Works

2005

Les Fleurs du Mal

for Mezzo Soprano and Piano

16'

UMP

2004

Les Fleurs du Mal

for Mezzo Soprano and Harp

16'

UMP

2002

Les Hiboux

for Soprano and Piano

3'55"

UMP

Commissioned by Alison Smart (soprano) and Katherine Durran (piano) and premiered at the Purcell Room, 2004. Also recorded for CD.

2001

Endangered Species

for Counter Tenor, 2 Tenors and Baritone

13'

UMP

2000

Point and Line to Plane

for High Voice, Percussion and Piano

11'

UMP

2000

Four Frames in a Row

for High Voice, Percussion and Piano

19'

UMP

Commissioned by Stephen Preston and Mzt and premiered at Nottingham University with Mzt

1998

Dart Songs

for High Voice and Recorder

16'

Commissioned and premiered by John Turner.

1995

Songs Without Words

for High Voice and 2 Clarinets

Premiered at the Almedia Festival, London, with the Composer’s Ensemble.

1991

Queenslandia

for High Voice and Piano

AMC

1991

Queensland Sweet IIIB

for Baritone and Guitar

AMC

1990

Queensland Sweet III

for Low Voice and Harp

AMC

1979

Brighella’s World

for Baritone and Piano

27'

Schott

Commissioned by David Wilson-Johnson and premiered by him and David Owen Norris, London, 1981.

Duo/Trio

2012

Particle Partita

for two Violins

22'

UMP

Commissioned by Professor Brian Foster FRS at the Department of Theoretical Physics University of Oxford and premiered by Brian Foster and Jack Liebeck in 2013 in Oxford

2009

The Harp Weaver - Series 1. 0. Brook Variations

for 1-2 Harps

25'

UMP

Commissioned by the Harp School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Premiered by Harp professors and post-graduate harpists at GSMD

2009

The Harp Weaver - Series 2

Solo Harp and 18 Different Instruments

UMP

Commissioned by the Harp School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

2007

Spell Checks

for Flute and Guitar

16'

UMP

Premiered by Richard Hand and Jennifer Stinton, Voices II Festival, University of Plymouth, 2007.

2007

Le Gorge Du Tarn

for Horn Trio

17'

UMP

2006

Betwixt and Between

for Piano and Harp

14'

UMP

2005

Piano Trio

for Piano Trio

19'

UMP

2003

Several Charms

for Violin and Piano

15'

UMP

2000

Badlands Gold

for Tuba and Piano

11'

UMP

Premiered by students of RNCM at Royal College of Music, BBC Prom Portrait Concert, 2013

2000

The Healing of Saul

for Violin and Harp or Piano

18'

UMP

1999

Night Owls

for Flute and Piano or Harp

11'

UMP

Commissioned by Susan Milan and premiered in the USA with Ian Brown.

1994

Skanagoah

for Guitar and Double Bass

12'

AMC

1993

Charm of Australian Finches

for Flute and Piano

AMC

1991

Violin Sonata

for Violin and Piano

21'

AMC

Commissioned by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and premiered by Oleh Krysa.

1987

Mount Keira Duets (rev. 1991)

for Flute and Guitar

18'

Schott

Commissioned and premiered by Judith Hall and Timothy Walker.

1987

Voices of the Land

for Violin and Piano

20'

Schott

Commissioned by the ABC, Australia, and premiered by Jan and Beryl Sedifka.

Solo Works

2010

15 Two-Part Inventions

for Piano

61'

UMP

Premiered by students of RNCM at Royal College of Music, BBC Prom Portrait Concert, 2013

2010

Rutherford's Lights

for Piano

75'

UMP

24 studies for solo piano. Commissioned by the Institute of Physics and premiered by Richard Casey, May Fest, University of Hertfordshire. Recorded by UHR label.

2009

The Harp Weaver - Series 3: As Simple as That

for Amateur or Student Solo Harp

24'

UMP

Commissioned by the Harp School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

2009

Kandinsky's Oboe

for Solo Oboe

10'

UMP

Premiered by Chris Redgate (oboe(s)) at Warwick University, 2010. Recorded for CD release on Divine Arts in 2018

2007

Chansons d'Automne

Partita for Solo Violin

15'

UMP

Premiered by Darragh Morgan, Voices II Festival, University of Plymouth, 2007.

2005

24 Preludes

for Solo Piano

40'

UMP

Commissioned by Philip Mead and recorded for him on UHR label.

2004

Orpheus with Lyre Bird

for Solo Harp

6'

UMP

2003

Blue Blues

for Solo Marimba

4'30"

UMP

1994

...with angels and delight...

Elegy for Solo Cello

AMC

1991

Coburn Partita

for Solo Cello

21'

AMC

Commissioned by the ABC and premiered by Marko Ylonen at the Australian Chamber Music Festival.

1984

Oboe Transformation

for Solo Oboe

1981

Kelly Variations

for Solo Piano

18'

Schott

Premiered by Peter Lawson. Purcell Room, London, 1981 and recorded on ASV Label

1981

Kelly-Nolan-Kelly

for Solo Clarinet

12'

Schott

Commissioned by Spitalfields Festival and premiered by Alan Hacker

1980

Harlequin

for Solo Harp

1980

Commedia Lazis

for Solo Guitar

17'

Schott

Commissioned by Gilbert Berberian (Arts Council Funded) and premiered by him at the Purcell Room, London in 1980

Ensemble Works

2013

String Quartet 6 - 'The Four Winds'

for String Quartet

28'

UMP

Premiere of Movement 1 at the BBC Proms Composer Concert by the Zelkova Quartet, RCM London

2007

Nymphaeas

for Harp Quartet

14'

UMP

Premiered by 4 Harps 4 Girls, The Warehouse, London, 2007.

2004

Birdsong Bagatelles

for String Quartet

35'

UMP

Commissioned by the Coull Quartet and premiered at Derbyshire, 2004.

2004

H.J.Rhapsodies

for String Quartet with Alto Sax, Harp and Percussion

19'

UMP

2003

Kandinsky

for 4 Guitars

16'

UMP

Commissioned by the Isle of Man Festival and premiered by the English Guitar Quartet.

2000

Dark Matter

for 8 Double Basses

14'

1999

The Voices of Gaia

for Flute, Harp and String Trio

19'

1991

Queensland Sweet I

for Recorder Quarter

21'

AMC

1991

Flute Quartet

for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello

AMC

1989

Perihelion

for Clarinet in A, Violin, Viola and Cello

18'

AMC

1984

String Quartet 4

for String Quartet

15'

Schott

Commissioned by the City of London Festival and premiered by the Fairfield Quartet, 1985. 15’.

1981

Kelly Passacaglia

for String Quartet

10'

Schott

Commissioned by ABCFM, Australia, and premiered by the Fitzwilliam Quartet, Lancaster University, 1982.

1980

Endymion Nocturnes

for String Quartet with Tenor Voice

31'

Chester

Premiered by the Allegri String Quartet in Radcliffe International Composer’s Prize, Southhampton, 1980.

1977

String Quartet 2 - 'Crystal Dances' (rev. 2015/16)

for String Quartet

21'

UMP

Commissioned by the York Festival and premiered by the Fitzwilliam Quartet, 1978.

1968

String Quartet 1 - 'Dungeness Nocturnes' (rev. 2016)

for String Quartet

19'

UMP

Premiere of new version by The Kreutzer Quartet in Wilton’s Concert Hall, London, 2018

Film

1984

Leonardo

Director: Barrie Gavin

BBC2

Commissioned by BBCTV 2

1983

Ned Kelly

Director: Don Bennetts

ABCTV

Commissioned by ABCTV Australia

1979

Edward Lear

Director: David Richardson

Granada TV

Commissioned by Granada TV

1978

A Place for a Million Birds

Director: Don Haworth

BBCTV 1

Radio

2016

The Singing Planet

ABC

2 Programmes commissioned by ABC Radio National

2012

Drawing Towards Music

ABC

Commissioned by ABC Radio National

2011

On Lyre Birds

BBC R4

Commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for ‘The Essay’.

1988

Voices of the Land

ABCFM

10 programmes commissioned by ABCFM Australia

1986

Towards New Music

ABCFM

15 programmes commissioned by ABCFM Australia