The pdf files can be printed double-sided, provided score and each part are printed separately. Where an mp3 extract is provided along with a pdf file, I suggest opening the pdf (this will open in a separate window) so you can follow the music while it is playing. Please do not take the mp3 versions as a reliable guide to performance.
The pieces are listed in alphabetical order, not composition order.
Four pieces for string quartet
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Four pieces for string quartet (score & parts)
(2011, arr. 2014) c. 12 mins: for 2 violins, viola & cello
This is an arrangement of the four piano pieces “Lapis Lazuli”: a collection of 4 short pieces of different character, but all in moderate tempi and not overly difficult. The second is dissonant and angry: the third, by way of contrast, has a plaintive folk-like song over a simple chordal accompaniment, quite different from any of my other pieces.
Divertimento for Wind Quintet
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Divertimento for Wind Quintet
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Divertimento (string quintet transcription)
(2007) c. 12 mins: for flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, horn and bassoon
A four-movement work in the spirit of lively, fun pieces for the genre, but without flippancy or sarcasm.
Unexpectedly, this also sounds quite well as a string quintet.
(2014) 21 mins: for oboe, violin, viola & cello
There aren’t that many oboe quartets around, so you might think that any addition to the repertoire might be welcomed, whatever its quality, by players wanting something new. That isn’t why I wrote an oboe quartet: actually this piece was written with specific players in mind. It’s a substantial piece, easily approachable by keen amateurs, even if the oboist may need to practise the occasional passage! It has four movements, as opposed to the usual three for this genre. The general mood is cheerful, with the exception of the lamenting slow movement. The third is a scherzo-type movement with irregular bar lengths.
*Score and parts include an optional version of the drum part for A3 landscape format.
(1996) c. 4 mins: for vibraphone, marimba (4 octaves) & drum set (ride & crash cymbals, 2 bongos, 2 congas, snare drum, 4 tom toms, pedal bass drum)
A short but swift single movement, popular and jazzy in style, for three players – a combination of marimba, vibraphone and drum set, with one player moving between marimba and vibraphone. All three players will need a certain degree of agility to play the piece with the spirit it demands.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Clarinet Sonata – version for violin
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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (violin part only – piano part is with clarinet version above)
(2002) 9 mins or thereabouts
This is a bright, cheerful, short sonata for clarinet in A, in a straightforward and accessible style – not a piece for those looking for new challenges in contemporary music, but nevertheless far from being “simple” music.
The sound extract is from the last movement, which is a fun piece and would be suitable for encores. I wanted to create a natural-sounding and vitally-rhythmic 7/4, where the players shouldn’t have to feel for the beats. It is a lively movement, and at only 2 mins 30 secs shouldn’t outstay its welcome. The style has something in common with the middle movement of of my Serenade for clarinet and strings, which was finished shortly before I started this piece.
While the sonata does sound best on the clarinet, I have made a violin arrangement of the clarinet part – note that this differs (through necessity) from the clarinet part, although the piano part is the same. I did experiment with a viola version, but decided it wasn’t really suitable for the instrument since much of the writing lies rather too high in the viola’s register.
Sonata for Flute, Violoncello and Piano
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Sonata for Flute, Violoncello and Piano (flute part)
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Sonata for Flute, Violoncello and Piano (‘cello part)
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Sonata for Flute, Violoncello and Piano (piano part)
(2018) – 16-17 mins
An easy-going, life-affirming piece.
(2014) c. 25 mins: for string quartet with added viola
A substantial piece in four movements. The theme which starts the work is explored further in the finale, which also reflects on events in the other movements. The piece is tuneful, mournful and passionate in turn, with a particularly heart-rending slow movement. It ends peacefully in E major.
download pdf (1.3 Mb) String Trio (score and parts)
(2012) c. 22 mins: for violin, viola & cello
This piece works its way from a rather austere opening movement to a fun finale, which nevertheless manages to incorporate first movement material into its jazzy inflections. Of necessity trios are harder work than quartets or quintets: nevertheless this is a genuine string trio, not one of those where the viola has to cope with loads of extra notes from the missing 2nd violin part. Although some double stops are necessary in all parts from time to time, I have tried to ensure they don’t require contortions of either the hand or the brain.
Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola
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Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola (parts)
(1996) 7 mins: for flute, violin & viola
This is one of my earliest pieces, but still contains some entertaining playing. Originally it was one of a pair of violin/viola duos, but I decided to “improve” it in 2016 by adding a flute.
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Wind Trio (score and parts)
(2014) c. 10 mins: for oboe, clarinet (Bb) & bassoon
A short 3-movement piece which can’t decide if it’s in Eb, G or B. All three instruments are treated equally, without taking any to its extremes.
Please note – these files are not set up for double-sided printing.
Bach – Badinerie from Suite no 2 (pdf: 205 Kb)
Borodin – Polotsvian Dance (pdf: 176 Kb)
Debussy – Clair de lune (pdf: 303 Kb)
Debussy – La fille au cheveux de lin (pdf: 205 Kb)
Elgar – Bavarian Dance no 1 (pdf: 266 Kb)
Handel – four movements from Water Music (pdf: 283 Kb)
Handel – movements from Music for the Royal Fireworks (pdf: 229 Kb)
Massenet – Meditation from’Thais’ (pdf: 283 Kb)
Mozart – Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate (pdf: 229 Kb)
Mozart – Non piu andrai (from Figaro) (pdf: 266 Kb)
The listed transcriptions of popular pieces are for string quartet, and may be of use for certain occasions. They are all available for free download (parts only). Most can be simply read through by a competent ensemble. As regards “Clair de lune”, I have transposed it down a semitone, into C – a better key for strings than Db: however, it is probably the most difficult of these pieces (especially from the viola player’s point of view), and would benefit from a prior look.