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JENNIFER FOWLER - COMPOSER Contents Performances Discography and Critical Notices Credo Current News Contact Information LATEST NEWS: A new piece for three 'cellos, titled, "Three Cellos" was commissioned by the University of Western Australia, for their centenary celebrations in 2013. The piece was issued on CD and performed during 2013. Another new piece, "Magnificat 3", was premiered by Kaleidoscope Ensemble with Corrina Dolso (sop) in Ipswich, UK in October 2013. During 2012, "Uncoiling" for oboe and piano, a commission from the "Music in the Village" Festival of Walthamstow was premiered in London by Marios Agiros (ob) and Caroline Clemmow (pf). This piece was subsequently taken up and performed in London in September 2012 by Catherine Pluygers (ob) and Robert Coleridge (pf).
BIOGRAPHY JENNIFER FOWLER was born in Western Australia in 1939. During her student years at the University of Western Australia she won several composition prizes and was awarded the University's Convocation Award for outstanding results. While still a student she had pieces performed in the Festival of Perth and broadcast by the ABC. In 1968 she spent a year working at the Electronic Music Studios of the University of Utrecht, on a Dutch Government scholarship. Since 1969, she has been living in London where she works as a free-lance composer. She has won a number of international prizes for composition:
- 1970 a prize from the Academy of the Arts in Berlin;
- 1971 she was joint winner of the Radcliffe Award of Great Britain;
- 1975 she won 1st prize in the International Competition for
Women Composers in Mannheim, Germany
- 2003 she won the Miriam Gideon prize from the International Association of Women in Music;
- 2006 she won 2nd prize in the Christopher Bodman Memorial Competition, UK;
- 2009 she won the international Sylvia Glickman Memorial Prize;
- 2009 she was equal winner of the Marin Goleminov First International Composition Contest in Bulgaria.
Her output includes orchestral works, wind music, chamber music, pieces for voice and instrumental ensemble, solo music, and choir and vocal ensembles of various kinds. She has had pieces commissioned and broadcast by radio stations all over the world.
PERFORMANCES Festival performances include the ISCM World Music Days; Gaudeamus Music Week, Holland; Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music; the Proms season in Sydney; the International Sydney Spring Festival; the "Ring of Fire" Festival, London; the Festival of Perth, Australia; and Women in Music festivals in London, Atlanta, Alaska, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Rome and Beijing. Her music is available from the Echoes Music, or the Australian Music Centre, Sydney. (see addresses below)
DISCOGRAPHY AND CRITICAL NOTICES A number of pieces are available on CD including: Sydney Dreaming - Veni Sancte Spiritus for chamber choir
performed by The Contemporary Singers on Sydney Dreaming
ABC Classics 454 510-2
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- - - a fascinating exercise in the interaction of lingering resonance.
Roger Covell, Sydney Morning Herald
It is an astonishing piece - I don't know another piece like it.
Peter Platt, Sounds Australian Journal
Blow Flute: Answer Echoes in Antique Lands Dying for solo flute played by Laura Chislett on The Flute Ascendant
Vox Australis VAST007-2
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LAMENT FOR DUNBLANE
CRITICAL NOTICES Review from the Beijing Congress, April 2008: "Jennifer Fowler's "Plainsong" was a gem - it was a pleasure to hear such carefully crafted, imaginative music." Hsiao-Lan Wang, IAWM Journal Review from Opera in Review, Sydney: Lament for Dunblane - "a beautifully crafted, plainsong-like outpouring of anguish."
David Gyger, Opera in Review, Sydney
Review from Sun-Herald, Sydney: Lament for Dunblane - "The ecstatic lines for two very high sopranos soar heart-wrenchingly over the medieval sounds of the two men..... This piece touched the soul."
John Carmody, Sun-Herald, Sydney
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CREDO My aim is to convey a sense of direction in music, which is guided by a kind of logic: an evolving logic in which one cannot foresee the next step, since there are many possibilites open, yet which will have a sound of inevitability when it arrives. I like to build-in a bias which allows change while retaining inner consistency. One needs to stimulate the imagination, step off the known paths, see a vision. Then one can communicate the sense of excitement!
CURRENT NEWS A new piece for three cellos, titled 'Three Cellos' was commissioned by the University of Western Australia, for their centenary celebrations in 2013. The piece was issued on CD and performed during 2013. Another new piece, "Magnificat 3", was premiered by Kaleidoscope Ensemble with Corrina Dolso (sop) in Ipswich, UK in October 2013. During 2012, 'Uncoiling' for oboe and piano, a commission from the "Music in the Village" Festival of Walthamstow was premiered in London by Marios Agiros (ob) and Caroline Clemmow (pf). This piece was subsequently taken up and performed in London in September 2012 by Catherine Pluygers (ob) and Robert Coleridge (pf). A commission from the Whitehall Orchestra, London for a Concerto for Alto Saxophone was premiered in London in March 2011 with Amy Dickson as soloist. The concerto was also taken up by the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic in Sydney in May 2011. Other recent performances include: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, New College Oxford, June 2010, Lament for Dunblane, Melbourne, August 2010, Nunc Dimittis, Psallite Women’s Choir, London March 2011 and Arizona, September 2011; Plainsong for Strings, Melbourne, April 2011; Lament for Dunblane, BBC Singers, City of London Festival, July 2011, Blow Flute, Adelaide, October 2011, Hymn for St Brigid, Perth, October 2011, Echoes from an Antique Land (version for percussion ensemble), Brisbane, May 2013. Back to top
CONTACT INFORMATION For detailed brochure and further information contact: Echoes Music, 21 Deodar Road, London SW15 2NP, UK
The Australian Music Centre, PO Box N690, Grosvenor Place, NSW 1220, Australia