Chamber Works

Seul sous la grande indifference du ciel: June 2020 - in progress. 10 mins duration. Instrumentation: alto fl, bass cl, 2 vln, vla, vcl & harp. Commissioned with funds from ACNI Artist Emergency Fund for the Fews Ensemble. Premiere details to follow.

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A Terrible Beauty (Chamber Version): 2013 - 2018. Duration 18 mins. Instrumentation: fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno & perc. Premiere details to follow.

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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold: Oct - Nov 2018. Duration 4.5 mins. Instrumentation: fl (picc.), bs cl, vln, vcl & pno. Premiere: Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble Wed 27th March 2019 at QUB Harty Room, Belfast with subsequent performances on tour in Birmingham Conservatoire, Bradshaw Hall 29th March and Dublin's St Finian's Church on 30th March.

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String Quartet No4 ...borne back ceaselessly into the past: July - Sept 2018. Duration 8 mins. Premiere: RTE ConTempo Quartet - Fri 23rd Nov 2018, Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway. Commissioned by Galway Music Residency and Galway City Council Arts Office.

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Belfast Confetti: June 2018. Instrumentation: Song Cycle on the poetry of Ciaran Carson (Baritone & Pno) Duration approx. 14 mins. Premiere: 15th Aug 2018 Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Cormac Lawler -Baritone & Sean Morgan-Rooney - Pno.

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...for peace comes dropping slow: Sept/Oct 2017. Instrumentation: fl, bs cl, vln, vcl, pno. Duration approx. 6.5 mins.Premiere: Thurs 12th April 2018, Maynooth University, Ireland. Performers: Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Commissioned by HRSE with funds from ACNI. Listen Here

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Filigree: April 2017. Instrumentation: version for alto fl & gtr. Duration approx. 8.5 mins. Premiere: 22nd March 2017 - Mansfield University, Pennsylvania. Matthew Slotkin - Guitar, Joe Murphy Sop Sax.to follow.

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3 Movements on the work of William Scott: Jan 2017. Instrumentation: fl/alto fl, cl/bs cl, vln, vcl, pno & vibes. Duration approx. 6.5 mins. Premiere: 21st Feb 2017 at 7.30pm, Ulster Museum, Belfast. Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Listen Here

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Pulled Down out of the Young Breath-Giving Air: Aug - Oct 2016. Instrumentation: String Trio (vln, vla & vcl). Duration approx. 6 mins. Premiere: Sat 21st Jan 2017, Crescent Arts Centre. Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Joanne Quigley McParland - violin, Garth Knox - viola, Dave McCann - Cello.

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La Fin des Haricots March2016. Instrumentation: Open scoring for CoMA grouping (High w.w. Bb & Eb insts, perc, pno, gtr, bass instr, female voice, upper strings, lower strings) Duration approx. 3 mins. Premiere: details to follow.

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Garden of Earthly Delights Jan 2016 (Paris). Instrumentation: fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno & perc. Duration approx. 10 mins. Completed on a residency at Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris with support from Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Premiere: 6th Feb 2016, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Listen Here

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Till Night is Overgone? Oct - Nov 2015. Instrumentation: sop sax, alto sax, ten sax, bari sax and sop voice. Duration approx. 8.5 mins. Commissioned by Moving on Music with funds from Arts Council NI for the Chatham Sax Quartet and Elizabeth Hilliard. Premiere: 2nd March 2016, Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast as part of MOM and BMS Night Music Series.

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Filigree Aug - Oct 2015 (Paris). Instrumentation: sop sax & gtr. Duration approx. 8.5 mins. Commissioned by Duo Montagnard. Premiere: 22nd March 2017, Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, USA. Duo Montagnard: Joe Murphy - Sop Sax, Matthew Slotkin - Gtr.  Listen Here

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The Private Consciousness of Molly BloomMay - June 2015. Instrumentation: Sop & Guitar. Duration: c8 mins. Premiere: Salzburg Mozarteum, Alexandra Lampert-Raschké - Sop, Yvonne Zehner - Guitar 4th Dec 2016.

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Bipolar. March 2015. Instrumentation: Concert fl, alto and picc (1 player) & pno. Duration: c7 mins. Premiere: Sat 25th April, St Pauls Cathedral Dundee, 1pm. Chris Baxter (Pno) and Aisting Agnew (flutes)

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Wanderlust. Dec - Feb  2015. Instrumentation: Alto Flute, Vibes, Guitar. Duration: c6 mins. Premiere: Lucca International Festival Thurs 28th July 2016. Linda DiMartino -fl, Thierry Miroglo - vibes, Fernando Magila - Guitar.

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In Search of a Human Dialogue. Aug - Sept  2014. Instrumentation: Flute, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin & Cello.. Duration: c6 mins. Premiere: National Concert Hall (Kevin Barry Room) Dublin 26th Nov 2014 Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Listen Here

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Variations sur un theme Irlandais. May - July  2014. Instrumentation: Harpsichord duo. Duration: 9 mins. Commissioned by DuoChord. Premiere details to follow.

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La Belle et La BêteJuly 2013 - Feb 2014. Paris/Belfast. Instrumentation: Classical Guitar & Double Bass : c5 mins 30 secs.  Premiere, 10th March 2014, Duo Dez Cordes, New York. Premiere recording: Dez Cordes. 6th April 2014. South Carolina USA.

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These are the Clouds about the fallen Sun. July/Aug 2013. Paris. Instrumentation: Alto flute in G, Bb Clarinet, Piano, Violin & Cello. Duration : c8 mins..  Premiere: Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Sat 21st Sept 2013, MAC, Belfast. Listen Here

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Idée Fixe II. May - June 2008. Revised June 2013 Instrumentation: Alto flute in G/Concert Flute, Bb Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin & Cello. Duration : c7 mins. 30 secs.  Premiere: Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Sat 21st Sept 2013, MAC, Belfast. 

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Ómós (for Piano, 2 Vlns, Vla, Vcl, Cb) July - Nov 2012. Duration 8 mins. Premiere: 8th Nov 2019, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Stony Brook, Long Island NY.

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Nocturne (For Bass Flute and Bass Clarinet) Aug - Sept 2012. (Premiere 8th Nov 2019, Stony Brook Contemporary Players . 

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Tabula RasaDec 2010 - Mar 2011. Instrumentation: Classical Guitar Trio. Duration c 9mins. Written for Trio Collage. Premiere - Trio Collage, Passau Festival. Pausau, Germany, 11th July 2013. Watch video here

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Cúig SrúthannaMar 2010. Instrumentation: Classical Guitar and String Quartet. Duration c 8mins. Premiere details to follow.

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Congruent - Incongruent (a continuum)Nov 2009 - Jan 2010. Installation work. Instrumentation: Tenor Sax, Electric Guitar, Piano & Contrabass. Duration 2 Hrs. 20 Mins.  A collaboration with Austrian artist Astrid Rieder. Premiere: Deutschvilla, Strobl , Salzburg, 21st May 2010.

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Like Ships that PassedAug-Sept 2009. Instrumentation: Alto Flute, Classical Guitar & Violoncello. Duration c. 8 mins.  Premiere: 19th Nov 2009, Venue: Council Chambers, Bangor Castle, N. Ireland. Performers: Gunnar Berg Ensemble: Chih-Hui Chang, Violoncello/ Barbara Blumenstingl, Flute/ Yvonne Zehner. Guitar

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The Uses of Not (Violin Version) May 2012. Instrumentation: Violin & Classical Guitar. Duration c. 9 mins.  

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Six Illustrations Musicale du Petit Nicholas (Guitar Duo Version). June 2012. Total Duration c 5 mins. Instrumentation: 2 Classical Guitars.

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Six Illustrations Musicale du Petit Nicholas (Sax Quartet Version). March 2010. Total Duration c 5 mins. Instrumentation: Sop sax, Alto sax, Ten sax, Bari sax.

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The Uses of Not. July 2009. Instrumentation: Alto Flute & Classical Guitar. Duration c. 9 mins.  Premiere: 1st Oct 2009, Venue: Barockmuseum Salzburg (Orangerie des Mirabellgartens), Mirabellplatz 3, 5020 Salzburg. Performers: Agnew/McAllister Duo. UK/Irish Premiere: 22nd April 2010, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Performers as above. Mentioned with honours in the Concorso Counterpoint, Italy 2012. Watch video here

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Aingeal. Feb 09- April 2009. Instrumentation: Bb Clarinet, 2 Vlns, Vla, Vcl. Duration c. 7 mins. Premiere details to follow.

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Blunt Instrument. Nov 08- Feb 2009. Instrumentation: Bass clarinet and Piano. Duration c. 6 mins. Premiere: O’Riada Hall, University College Cork on Monday 1st March at 8.00pm, SCAW (Sarah Watts, Bs Cl & Antony Clare, Pno). Finalist in the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize 2012. Watch Video here

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Snort.(Honk, bs. cl arrangement) Sept 2008. Duration c 3 mins 15 secs. Instrumentation: Bs. Clarinet and Piano. Arrangement made for SCAW (Sarah Watts, bass clarinet & Antony Clare, piano). Premiere: SERC, Bangor, N. Ireland, Thurs 11th Dec 7pm 2008. SCAW.

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‘String Quartet No 3 Béal Mouth Beul Mooth’. June 2007 - Sept 2008. Instrumentation: String Quartet (2 vln, vla, vcl) plus recorded spoken word. Duration 15 mins 45 secs. Settings of modern poetry in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, English and Scots. Project commissioned and facilitated with funds and in kind contributions from The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, the AHRC funded Irish-Scottish Poetry Project, BBC NI, Colmcille, SARC, and South Eastern Regional College. Premiere recording by the Ireland Quartet. Excerpt Here

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Pluck, Blow II (the return). March 07 (Paris/Ireland) Duration c7 mins. Instrumentation - Flute, Classical Guitar. 

Commissioned by RTE Lyric FM for Aisling Agnew and Matthew McAlister. Premiere recording: RTE, Dublin, 24th Aug 2007, Aisling Agnew and Matthew McAlister. Premiere Performance: St Audoen’s Church, Dublin 25th Aug 2007, Aisling Agnew and Matthew McAlister.

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Last Django in Paris (Quartet arr.) Nov 2008  Duration c 3 mins 30 secs. Instrumentation – Flute, Violin, Classical Guitar & bass,

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Last Django in ParisOct 2006 (Paris) Duration c 3 mins 30 secs. Instrumentation – Classical Guitar Trio. Premiere performance: Trio Collage ( guitars - Yvonne Zehner, Ulrike Reithmeier and Shiri Coneh) Deggendorf, Germany on 13th Dec followed by another performance in Eichstätt on the 18th Dec.

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Honk. July 2006. Duration c 3 mins 15 secs. Instrumentation: Sop Sax and Piano. Commissioned by Gerard McChrystal. Premiere performance: Great Hall, Dartington Summer School, Devon, England - 13th Aug 2007. Gerard McChrystal, Sop Sax, Stephen de Pledge, Piano. Recording - SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre) 4th Oct 2007. Due for release on CMC sampler disk. Gerard McChrystal, sop sax, Mary Dullea, PianoListen Here

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Lapse. Dec 2004 – May 2005 Duration c 8 mins String Quartet and Soprano Sax. Commissioned by Gerard McChrystal for Gerard McChrystal and the Smith Quartet. Premiere performance: Wigmore Hall, London. 15th Sept 2007. Gerard McChrystal Sop Sax, Smith Quartet.

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Freudian Scrapbook #1. Feb – March 2004. Duration 5mins. Instrumentation: Vibraphone, 2 Marimbas and hand percussion. Commissioned by SPNM for Ensemble Bash. Premiere – 10th April Tate Gallery Liverpool – Ensemble Bash.

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String Quartet No 2 Is there another rock? String Quartet No2, May 2003 – Sept 2007. Duration c 11 mins. Instrumentation: 2vlns, vla, vcl. Premiere - TBA.

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Pluck, Bow (arr. violin & gtr). 2008Premiered at the Gheorghe Dima Academy in Romania by violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan and guitarist Dave Flynn on 17th March 2008.

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Pluck, Bow (arr. viola & gtr). 2008. Premiere – Duo Fresco, Kean University Union, New Jersey 23rd Oct 2008 Christopher Kenniff, Guitar, Brett Deubner Viola. Watch here

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Pluck, Blow. 2002. Instrumentation: Guitar and Flute. Duration – C. 7 mins. Premiere 16th July 2005. St Mary’s Church, Slough. Aisling Agnew – Flute, Matthew McAllister – guitar.  Listen here

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Pluck, Blow Arr. Sop sax and Guitar. Premiere – 8th Feb 2004 – Marden house, Calne, Wiltshire. Craig Orgdan Guitar, Gerard McChrystal Sop Sax. Recording: Gerard McCrystal Sax, Craig Ogdan Guitar – Corrog Barn Oct 29th 2004.

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Looking Down from a Great Height* 2000. Duration – 4 mins. Instrumentation: Alto Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn,, Viola, Harp. Premiere QUB ensemble – Sonnorities Festival – QUB Harty Room, Belfast, 2000.

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Child’s Play 1999. Duration – C. 40 mins. Instrumentation: Gtr, Bb Cl, Drums. Runner up – Sligo Composition Competition – 1999. Premiere: Sonoroties Festival 2000. Belfast.Recording – Greg Caffrey Circle – 25th June 2000 (released Sept 2000) Excerpt Here

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Paula’s Peace (Commissioned by The Improvised Music Ensemble) 1999. Duration – 5 mins. Instrumentation: alto sax, fl/ten sax, bari sax, tbn, tpt, bass, drums, pno. Premiere: Thurs 25th feb 1999. 45th parallele,  Valence, France.

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Piano Trio No1 1998. Duration – 5 mins. Instrumentation: pno, vln, vc. Awarded Honary Mention at Sligo Composition Competition - 1998. Recorded by the Chagall Trio. Queens Harty Room. 10th March 1999. Premiere – Sun 13th June 1999. Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art. Dublin. – Concorde Ensemble

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Variations on Confirmation 1997. Duration - 6 mins. Instrumentation: sop sax, alto sax, ten sax, bari sax. Workshop: Saxploitation. Queen’s Harty Room. Shortlisted by SPNM – Workshop with Michael Nyman at The Warehouse, Theed Street, London. -Saxploitation.

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Unison1996. Duration -  2mins. Instrumentation: cello and percussion. Workshop: Fri 28th Feb 1997. Psappha. Queen’s Harty Room.

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String Quartet No1  - Towards a Better Place (Revised Aug 2000) 1995. 3 Mov. Duration  - 7 mins. Instrumentation: 2 vlns, vla, vc.

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