Gerard Schurmann

 

Gerard Schurmann

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works

works

Composition catalogue at
Novello and Company Ltd., London, England

Orchestral

 
Six Studies of Francis Bacon (1968)    32'
3+3 3+1 3+2 3/4 4 3 1/timp 4perc pno+cel hp/str.
Cat No 090161
Commercial recording: Chandos 9167
Dedicated to the painter Francis Bacon.
Commissioned by Radio Telefis Eireann
First performance 9 January 1969 by RTE Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Schurmann - Dublin Festival
First USA performances at Severance Hall, Cleveland on 23, 24, 25 April 1981 by the Cleveland Orchestra / Lorin Maazel
   
Variants (1970)    18'
1+1 2+1 0 2 / 2 0 0 0 / str.
Cat No 890104
Commercial recording: Chandos 9167
Commissioned by the Guildford Festival Committee
First performance 8 March 1971 by London Mozart Players / Harry Blech - Guildford Cathedral
First USA performances at Severance Hall, Cleveland on 4, 5, 6 May 1977 by the Cleveland Orchestra / Lorin Maazel
   
Attack and Celebration (1971)    8'
2+2 2+1 2 2 / 4 2 3 1 / timp 2perc hp / str.
Cat No 360029
Commercial recording: Silva Screen / BMG FILM CO72 FILM CD072 / FILMXCD 309
Based on music from the composer's scores for films about the Second World War. Written for the BBC Concert Orchestra. First performed in 1971 by BBC Concert Orchestra / Ashley Lawrence
   
Piano Concerto (1972-3)    29'
2+1 2+1 2 2 / 4 2 3 1 / timp 3perc str.
Cat No 890068
A work in two movements, written for John Ogdon.
First performance 21 November 1973 by John Ogdon (piano), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Berglund - Guildhall, Portsmouth
First movement premiered separately by John Ogdon and the RTE Symphony Orchestra / Proinssias O'Duin at public concerts in Dublin and Cork on 14, 15 January 1973. First complete performances at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, and the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 21, 22 and 23 November 1973. John Ogdon was the soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Berglund. First USA performance at Michigan State University on 19 February 1978.
   
Violin Concerto (1975-8)    34'
2+1 2+1 2+1 2 / 4 2 3 1 / timp 3perc hp cel / str.
Cat No 890097
Commercial recording: Chandos 9915
Written to commemorate Ruggiero Ricci's Golden Jubilee.
Commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain.
First performance 26 September 1978 by Ruggiero Ricci, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Walter Weller - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
First USA performance at Michigan State University on 24 February 1980.
   
The Gardens of Exile (1989-90)    30'
solo cello and orchestra 3+3 3+1 3+2 3+1 / 4 3 3 1 / timp 4 perc pno+cel hp/str.
Cat No 890181
Commercial recording: SILKD 6011
Commissioned by the Western Orchestral Society with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain.
First performance 20 March 1991 by Peter Rejto (cello), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Howard Williams - Poole (and in Bristol, then in Southampton on the following two days)
   
Concerto for Orchestra (1994-1996)    32'
3+1 3+1 3+1 3+1 / 4 4 3 1 / timp 4perc pno+cel hp / str
Cat No 890186
Commercial recording: Chandos 9915
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony for their 100th Anniversary season
First performance 29,30,31 March 1996 by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Edo de Waart - Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
   
Man in the Sky - Overture (1994)    4'
2+1 2 2 2 / 4 3 3 1 / timp 2perc str.
Commercial recording: Silva Screen LC7371
First performed and recorded by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Kenneth Alwyn
   
Gaudiana
("Symphonic Studies") (2000-2001)    25'
3+1 3+1 3+1 3+1 / 4 3 3 1 / timp 4perc pno+cel hp / str.
Cat No NOV121396
Commissioned and first performed by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya at L'Auditori Barcelona (Spain) conducted by Rumon Gamba on 2, 3 and 4 December 2005.
   
Sonata for string orchestra (2004) 25'
Cat No NOV957132
 
Dedicated to the Art Historian Arthur M Hind.
   
Romancing the Strings (2013) c12'
 
 
   

Chamber & Instrumental

 
Bagatelles (1945)    8'
piano
Cat No 100251
Commercial recording: HMV ESD 7144
Written for Kathleen Long
First performance November 1945 by Kathleen Long - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
UK premiere in 1946 by Cor de Groot
   
Fantasia
(previously entitled Dialogue) (1967)    8'
cello and piano
Cat No 120394
Commercial recording: TOCC 0220
First performance March 1968 by Adolpho Odnoposoff and Aldo Ciccolini - the Salle Pleyel, Paris, the Wigmore Hall, London and the Lincoln Center, New York
   
Sonatina (1968)    11'
flute and piano
Cat No 120395
Written for Severino Gazzelloni.
First performance 6 January 1969 by Patricia Dunkerley and John McCabe - Dublin Festival of 20th Century Music
UK premiere in 1971 by James Galway and Margaret Kitchin. First performance in the USA by James Galway and Philip Moll.
   
Serenade (1969)    16'
violin solo
Cat No 120396
First performance 7 January 1970 by Yossi Zivoni - Dublin Festival of 20th Century Music
First public performance in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 16 March 1980, by Ruggiero Ricci. USA premiere at Michigan State University on 19 April 1976, by Mincho Minchev.
   
Contrasts (1973)    15'
piano
Cat No 100207
Commercial recording TOCC 0133
Commissioned by John Ogdon, and written for his series of "Virtuoso Piano Music".
First performance 21 May 1973 by John Ogdon - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
USA premiere at Michigan State University on 12 November 1976 by Ivan Drennikov.
   
Leotaurus (1975)    14'
piano
Cat No 100221
Commercial recording TOCC 0133
Written for Tamas Vasary.
First performance September 1975 by John Ogdon - Canberra and Sydney, Australia
First performance in the UK at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 5 February 1976, by John Ogdon.
   
Two Ballades (1981-83)    17'
piano
Cat No 100265
Written in homage to Leos Janacek.
First performance 19 September 1983 by Jeffrey Kahane - County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
UK premiere at the Purcell Room, London, on 25 May, 1985, by Christopher Green-Armytage.
   
Duo (1983-84)    24'
violin and piano
Cat No 120617
Commercial recording TOCC 0133
Commissioned by Earl Carlyss and Ann Schein, with additional funds provided by the US Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA.
First performance 23 March 1984 by Earl Carlyss and Ann Schein - US Library of Congress, Washington DC (and at the Lincoln Center, New York, the following day)
   
Quartet No 1 (1986)    22'
piano and strings
Cat No 120670
Commercial recording: AZ85717
Commissioned by the US National Endowment for the Arts, written as an In Memoriam Hans Keller.
First performance 20 July 1986 by Los Angeles Piano Quartet - Cheltenham Festival (and at the Wigmore Hall, London, the following day)
New York premiere at Carnegie Hall on 6 November 1987, by the Los Angeles Piano Quartet.
   
Ariel (1987)    7'
oboe solo
Cat No 120714
First performance 30 November 1988 by Allan Vogel - California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, USA
First UK performance at the International Double Reed Society Congress, Manchester, on 14 August 1989, by Harry Sargous
   
Quartet No 2 (1997-1998)    22'
piano and strings
Score & parts NOV 120877
Commercial recording: PO 40802
Commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music for their 50th Anniversary Season
First performance 6 March 1998 by Los Angeles Piano Quartet - Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
   
Moonbird (1998)    7'
flute solo or recorder solo
First performance 25 September 1999 by John Turner - University of Manchester
   
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2002)    14'
Cat No NOV954437
Commercial recording: TOCC 0220
Commissioned by the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival 2003. First performance 5 March 2004, Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, Arizona, USA, by Richard Hawkins (clarinet), Peter Rejto (cello) and Christina Dahl (piano). UK première 10 March 2005, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, by Nicholas Cox (clarinet), Jonathan Aasgaard (cello) and Timothy Horton (piano).
   
String Quartet No 1 (2003-04)    c27'
Cat No NOV957121
Commercial recording: TOCC 0220
First performance by the Chilingirian Quartet on 3 October 2004 at the Conway Hall in London. US première by the Chilingirian Quartet on 10 April 2005 at Irvine Barclay Theatre, California.
   
Partita for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (2005-06)    12'
Cat No NOV020779
Commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University. First performances by the Verdehr Trio at the Phillips Collection Sunday Series, Washington DC on 4 March 2007, and at the Cleveland Institute the following day.
   
Autumn Leaves (2007)    c18'
violin and piano
Commercial recording: TOCC 0133
First performance 17 June 2008 by Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin) and Aaron Shorr (piano) at Wilton's Music Hall, London
   
Canzonetta (2010)   c4'
viola and piano
An arrangement of a piece originally written in 1957 for the wedding of a friend.
   
String Quartet No 2 (2011-12)    c20'
Commercial recording: TOCC 0220
First performance 12 May 2013 by the Lyris Quartet at the Los Angeles Bing Auditorium
   
Four Pastoral Preludes for Piano (2012)    c10' First performance 7 August 2013 by Mikhail Korzhev at the Beverly Hills Festival, California.
   

Vocal & Choral

 
Chuench'i (1966)    18'
high voice and piano
Cat No 170284
Commercial recording: Pye GSGC 14105, Nonesuch H-71209
See also orchestral version
Cycle of 7 songs from the Chinese, translated by Arthur Waley.
Commissioned by Marni Nixon
First performance 28 June 1966 by Marni Nixon and Wilfrid Parry - Wigmore Hall, London
   
Chuench'i (1967)    18'
high voice and orchestra: 3+2 2+1 2 2 / 4 2 3 0 / timp 3perc cel hp / str.
Cat No 170285
See also piano version
Cycle of 7 songs from the Chinese, translated by Arthur Waley.
Commissioned by Marni Nixon
First performance 10 March 1968 by Ank Reinders, RTE Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Schurmann - Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (and at the City Hall, Cork, the following day)
UK premiere at the Harrogate Festival on 10 August 1969, by Hazel Holt and the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Erich Schmid. First USA performances on 9, 10, 11 November 1972, by Marni Nixon with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, New York / Frederick Prausnitz.
   
Summer is Coming (1970)    5'
SATB unaccompanied
Madrigal. Poem by Bryan Guiness.
Commissioned by the Cork International Choral Festival
First performance 1 May 1970 by Heinrich Schutz Chorale / Roger Norrington - Cork
   
The Double Heart (1976)    18'
SATB unaccompanied
Cat No 072329
Commercial recording: BBC TS 554
Cantata. Text compiled from the poems of Andrew Marvell.
Commissioned by the BBC
First performance 28 March 1977 by BBC Singers / John Poole - St. John's Smith Square, London
   
Piers Plowman (1979-80)    50'
SATB soloists, chorus and orchestra: 3+1 3+1 3+2 3 / 4 4 3 1 / timp 3perc hp cel+pno / str.
Cat No 070439 (vocal score)
Opera-cantata in 2 acts. Text by the composer after William Langland.
Commissioned by Netherlands Radio, Hilversum, for their Jubilee year.
First performance 22 August 1980 by Felicity Lott, Sarah Walker, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Norman Welsby, the Festival Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / John Sanders - Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester Cathedral
   
Slovak Folk Songs (1987)    25'
high voice and piano
Cat No 170353
See also orchestral version
Nine folk song arrangements
Commissioned by the Canadian Foundation of the Slovak World Congress in Toronto
   
Slovak Folk Songs (1988)    25'
soprano, tenor and orchestra: 2+1 2+1 2 2 / 2 2 0 0 /timp 2perc pno+cel hp / str.
See also piano version
Nine folk song arrangements dedicated to Stephen and Betty Roman.
Commissioned by the Canadian Foundation of the Slovak World Congress in Toronto
First performance 23 May 1989 by Marjorie Sparks (soprano), Glyn Evans (tenor) and the Toronto orchestra / Paul Robinson - Toronto, Canada
UK premiere by Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Martyn Hill (tenor) and the BBC Concert Orchestra / Barry Wordsworth - London.
   
Six Songs of William Blake (1956-1997)    15'
voice and piano
Cat No 170365
Commissioned by the Rawsthorne Trust in memory of the soprano Tracey Chadwell.
First performance 4 July 1997 by Alison Wells (soprano) and Keith Swallow (piano) - Lichfield International Arts Festival
   

Gerard Schurmann in 1997. Copyright (c) Malcolm Crowthers
Gerard Schurmann in 1997.
Copyright © Malcolm Crowthers