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MARK-ANTHONY

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Composer Brochure
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CHRONOLOGY

1960 Born 10 June at Corringham, in Essex


1966 Begins piano lessons
1969 First attempts at composition
1974 Accepted by the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music; studies
composition with Oliver Knussen
1981 Night Dances awarded the Guinness Prize for composition
1982 First performances of Night Dances for orchestra by the London Sinfonietta
Entranced for piano
1983 Wins a Mendelssohn Scholarship enabling him to attend the Tanglewood Summer
School, where he studies with Gunther Schuller and informally with Hans Werner
Henze. Lament for a Hanging Man , commissioned by Gemini
1985 On All Fours , commissioned by the London Sinfonietta Henze commissions
theopera Greek for the Munich Biennale Feeney Trust commissions Three
Screaming Popes for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
1987 Release , composed for a BBC Television documentary as part of the Sound on Film
series
1988 First performance of Greek at the Munich Biennale; UK premire at the Edinburgh
Festival
1989 Three Screaming Popes first performed in Birmingham
1990 Becomes Composer-in-Association with the CBSO; Kai , for cello and ensemble,
written for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
1991 Momentum , commissioned for the opening of Symphony Hall, Birmingham Some
Days premired at the BBC Proms
1992 Leaving , composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
1993 Drowned Out marks the end of Birmingham residency; Your Rockaby , for soprano
saxophone and orchestra completed
1995 Becomes Composer-in-Association at English National Opera Dispelling the Fears
(orchestral version)
1996 First complete performance of Blood on the Floor
1997 Aldeburgh Festival premires of Twice through the Heart and The Country of the
Blind begins compostion of The Silver Tassie
1998 Silent Cities , for orchestra premired in Tokyo
1999 Completes The Silver Tassie About Time , for ensemble and period-instrument
orchestra Your Rockaby featured in BBC TV documentary series Six Pieces of
Britain
2000-2003 Associate Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
2001 Premire of The Silver Tassie at ENO The Silver Tassie wins a South Bank Show
Award and Olivier Award for opera.
2002 Scorched for jazz trio and orchestra Simon Rattle performs Blood on the Floor in
his opening concerts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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2003 Major retrospective at the Barbican Centre, London in conjunction with the BBC
Signs to Boosey & Hawkes
2004 Composer in Residence at the Mortizburg Festival
2005 Scorched nominated for two Grammys. Appointed Research Fellow in Composition
at the Royal College of Music, London Featured Composer at the Sounds New
Festival in Canterbury
2006 Lecturer at Tanglewood
2006-2010 Mead Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer in
Residence, London Philharmonic Orchestra
2007 Composer in Residence at the Risr Festival, Norway
2010 Composer in Residence with the Dutch Youth Orchestra Composer in Residence,
Cabrillo Music Festival, California
2011 Featured Composer at Music@Malling Festival in Kent, UK Awarded Honorary
Doctor of Music from Anglia Ruskin University Honorary Doctor of Music from
Royal Holloway, University of London

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KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS -
PIANO - PIANO SOLO

True Life Stories


Five Meditations (1995-99)
for piano
Elegy for Andy - Williams Pavane - Song for Sally - Edwards Refrain - Tune for Toru
12' 0''
Order number: ED 12677
Premiere: January 22, 2000 Washington, DC, Kennedy Center (USA) Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

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CHAMBER MUSIC -
STRING INSTRUMENTS - VIOLA - VIOLA AND PIANO (B.C.)

On Opened Ground
concerto for viola and orchestra (2000-2001)
Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra
I Cadenza and Scherzino - II Interrupted Song and Chaconne
Orchestra Instrumentation: 3(3.pic, afl).2.ca.2(Acl).bcl.ssax.2.cbsn-4.3.3.1-4perc(glsp, vib, mar, 9hand
bells, 4gongs, 3Japanese temple bells, sleigh bells, bell plate, tam-t, tamb, bng, s.d, tom-t, break drum,
log drum, b.d, marc, ratchet, clav)-hp.pno(cel)-str(14.12.10.8.8)
25' 0''
Order number: piano reduction with solo part ED 13249
Premiere: 14 November 2002 Cleveland (USA), Severence Hall Yuri Bashmet, viola Cleveland Orchestra Jahja
Ling, conductor

CELLO - ONE OR MORE CELLI AND PIANO

Kai
for solo cello and ensemble (1989-1990)
Orchestra Instrumentation: fl(afl).bcl(cl).ssax(asax).asax(ssax).bsn(cbsn)-2Ctpt.tbn-perc(sizz cym, h.h,
3gong, whip, kit[s.d, pedal b.d, b.d])-bgtr.hp(cow bell).pno(cel)-2vn(cow bell).va(cow bell).vc.db
18' 0''
Order number: piano reduction with solo part ED 13102
Other Editions: study score ED 12397

Sleep On
Three Lullabys for cello and piano (1992)
for cello and piano
1. Berceuse - 2. Refrain - 3. Lullaby
15' 0''
Order number: ED 12447
Premiere: July 31, 1992 King\'s Lynn, All Saint\'s Church (UK) Alexander Baillie, cello; Martin Roscoe, piano

Two Vocalises
for cello and piano (2000-2001)
for cello and piano
for Gill, Don and Stewart
MacLaren's Farewell - Vocalise
5' 0''
Order number: ED 12840
Premiere: 17. Dezember 2001 Uilenburger Synagoge, Amsterdam Violoncello: Doris Hochscheid Klavier: Frans van
Ruth

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STRING ENSEMBLE WITH PIANO - QUINTETS

Slide Stride
for piano and string quartet (2002)
for Richard Rodney Bennett
12' 0''
Order number: score and parts ED 12776
Premiere: January 18, 2003 London, St Giles, Cripplegate (UK) momentum - The Music of Mark-Anthony Turnage
Ian Brown, Klavier; The Nash Ensemble

WIND INSTRUMENTS - CLARINET

Two Memorials
for solo soprano saxophone or clarinet (1995-2000)
for soprano saxophone (clarinet) solo
No. 1, Trier: in memory of Stephen Trier No. 2, Memorial: for Meryl
1. Trier (2000) - 2. Memorial (1995)
5' 0''
Order number: ED 12692
Premiere: February 16, 1998 London, Purcell Room (UK) Martin Robertson, soprano saxophone (World Premiere of
Memorial) May 11, 2000 London, Royal College of Music (UK) Martin Robertson, soprano saxophone (World
Premiere of Trier)

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SAXOPHONE

Sarabande
for soprano saxophone and piano (1985)
for soprano saxophone and piano
4' 0''
Order number: score and part ED 12417
Premiere: 10. Januar 1986

Two Elegies Framing a Shout


for soprano saxophone and piano (1994)
for soprano saxophone and piano
for Martin Robertson
14' 0''
Order number: ED 12492
Premiere: January 12, 1995 Bristol, St George\'s, Brandon Hill (UK) Martin Robertson, saxophone; Tony Gray,
piano

Two Memorials
for solo soprano saxophone or clarinet (1995-2000)
for soprano saxophone (clarinet) solo
No. 1, Trier: in memory of Stephen Trier No. 2, Memorial: for Meryl
1. Trier (2000) - 2. Memorial (1995)
5' 0''
Order number: ED 12692
Premiere: February 16, 1998 London, Purcell Room (UK) Martin Robertson, soprano saxophone (World Premiere of
Memorial) May 11, 2000 London, Royal College of Music (UK) Martin Robertson, soprano saxophone (World
Premiere of Trier)

MIXED INSTRUMENTS - STRING AND WIND INSTRUMENTS (WITHOUT PIANO) - QUINTETS

An Invention on "Solitude"
for clarinet and string quartet (1997-1998, rev. 1999)
for clarinet and string quartet
8' 0''
Order number: score and parts ED 12698
Premiere: April 8, 1998 London, Purcell Room (UK) Fractured Lives Michael Collins, clarinet; Nash Ensemble

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STRING AND WIND INSTRUMENTS WITH PIANO / BASSO CONTINUO - TRIOS

Cortge for Chris


for clarinet, cello and piano (1997)
for clarinet, cello and piano
3' 0''
Order number: score and parts ED 12930
Premiere: April 8, 1998 London, Purcell Room (UK) Fractured Lives Nash Ensemble

SEXTETS AND MORE INSTRUMENTS

Three Farewells
for flute, bass clarinet, harp and string quartet (1990)
Orchestra Instrumentation: fl.bcl(Acl)-hp-2vln.va.vc
12' 0''
Order number: study score ED 12398
Premiere: 8. Juli 1990

CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

Release
for eight players (1987)
for 8 players
Orchestra Instrumentation: ssax (large and very nasty-sounding ratchet).asax (ssax, bcl).bcl-Ctpt (large
metal bar or piece of scaffolding, hit with household hammer).tbn-perc (sn.dr., 4 tom-toms, large ride
cym., hi-hat, ratch., large metal bar)-pno-db (amplified)
8' 0''
Order number: study score ED 12366
Premiere: 4. Dezember 1988

CHAMBER MUSIC WITH GUITAR OR HARP

Three Farewells
for flute, bass clarinet, harp and string quartet (1990)
Orchestra Instrumentation: fl.bcl(Acl)-hp-2vln.va.vc
12' 0''
Order number: study score ED 12398
Premiere: 8. Juli 1990

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VOCAL MUSIC -
VOICE AND KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT

Three Songs
for baritone and piano (2000)
for baritone and piano
In memory of Smiffy
The Singing Cat - Mourned - Last Words
7' 0''
Order number: performance score ED 12746
Premiere: October 2, 2000 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) Gerald Finley, baritone; Julius Drake, piano

VOICE(S) AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (2-12 INSTRUMENTS)

Lament for a Hanging Man


for soprano and ensemble (1983)
for soprano and ensemble
Orchestra Instrumentation: ssax (perc) - 2bcl (ssax, 2 perc) - per - hp
9' 0''
Order number: study score ED 12336

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