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Cancan for wind quintet from the Not Quite French Suite featuring the Loughborough Sock Man

In the days when the Octatonic mode particularly fascinated me, I decided to make a suite in that mode for organ parodying a few 20th century French styles
- in this case the Cancan from Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach.
The original organ version is available at Sheetmusicplus (organ)
and this new Wind quintet version is available at
Sheetmusicplus (wind quintet)
The imagery comes from the Sock Man statue in Loughborough, where I now reside.

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Upon my bed by night

Wonderful performance in Budapest of Upon my bed by night
by The Budapest Scoring Choir
under Zoltan Pad with Andras Csaki (Guitar)
Zsuzsanna Bojta (Alto solo)
and Denes Murvai (Baritone solo)
The score is available at Sheetmusicplus
Back in 1980 I wrote and performed a piece for alto and guitar based on the verses from the Song of Solomon.
Several years later Guy Protheroe suggested that it would work well as a choral piece for his Garden of Love concert, so he arranged it accordingly.
I decided this year, 2017, that it deserved another performance, so I commissioned Budapest Scoring to record it (Zoltán Pad conducting the choir, with alto soloist Zsuzsanna Bojta, baritone soloist Dénes Murvai and guitarist András Csáki).
This is the result....
Upon my bed by night,
I sought him whom my soul loves.
I sought him but found him not,
I called him, I called him,
but he gave no answer.
I will rise now and go about the city,
in the streets, in the squares.
I will seek him
whom my soul loves
Behold! You are beautiful
my love my love
behold you are beautiful!
Your eyes are doves behind your veil;
your hair is like a flock of goats,
moving down the slopes of Gilead.
My love my love My love My love!
Upon my bed by night.
I sought him.
The voice of my belovèd
behold he comes
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My belovèd is mine and I am his
My love!
My belovèd is like a gazelle
or a young stag;
behold! there he stands
behind our wall
gazing in at the window.
My belovèd spake and said to me:
"Arise my love, my fair one
and come away
for lo! the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone."
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land....
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Ludwig Senfl - instrumental arrangements

My recent projects have included chamber music arrangements of motets and madrigals
by the Renaissance Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl (amongst which are: Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein mein, Das Gelaeut zu Speyer,
Wohlauf, wohlaud jung und alt, Mit Lust tret ich an diesen Tanz and Conditor Alme Siderum)
The instruments involved include flutes, piccolos, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, horns, trombones, tubas and a host of various sized clarinets.
The complete catalogue of these Senfl arrangements, including scores, parts and streaming mp3s,
can be found at The Ludwig Senfl page.
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