Professor George Nicholson - List of Works

List of works, performances and commissions

1) Recycle for 11 instruments (1975-76). Duration 18 minutes

2) Overtune for 7 wind instruments (1976). Duration 11 minutes

3) Colloque sentimental for soprano and harp (1976). Texts by Mallarmé and Heine. Duration 8 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg and Sioned Williams, SPNM Forum and Recording, London, 18.11.76

4) 1132 for orchestra (1976). Duration 20 minutes
First performance: University of York Chamber Orchestra cond. Graham Treacher,
Lyons Concert Hall, York University, 24.11.76

5) String Quartet No. 1 (1976-77). Duration 14 minutes
First performance: Medici Quartet, Lyons Concert Hall, York University, 15.6.77

6) Brass Quintet (1977). Duration 13 minutes
First performance: English Brass Ensemble, Arundel Festival, 2.9.83

7) Rondeau for soprano solo (1977). Text: 13th century anonymous French. Duration 3 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, York Arts Centre, 8.11.77

8) Settings for soprano and piano (1977). Texts by Trakl. Duration 16 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg and George Nicholson, York Arts Centre, 8.11.77

9) The Seventh Seal for viola solo (1977). Duration 8 minutes
First performance: Garth Knox, Acquiterme, Italy, 12.9.81

10) Winter Music for clarinet, harp and percussion (1978). Duration 15 minutes
First performance: Gemini cond. Michael Hall, SPNM Composers' Weekend, Durham University, 24.7.78

11) Nodus for clarinet and piano (1978). Duration 10 minutes
First performance: Kevin Corner and Russell Medley, Bridgwater Arts Centre,
12 .1.79

12) The Convergence of the Twain for chamber orchestra (1978). Duration 17 minutes
First performance: London Sinfonietta cond. Dominic Muldowney, SPNM Public Orchestral Rehearsal, St John's, Smith Square, 2.4.81

13) N'est-ce pas...? for violin solo (1979). Duration 8 minutes
First performance: Fiona Vanderspar, Purcell Room, 3.2.80

14) Hallel for soprano and organ (1979). Texts: Psalms 117, 114, 133 (in Hebrew). Commissioned by Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Duration 12 minutes
First performance: Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Donald S. Sutherland, Hertford, Connecticut, USA, 17.5.81

15) Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments (1979-80). Commissioned by the BBC. Duration 20 minutes
First performance: London Sinfonietta cond. Lionel Friend, BBC Music in Our Time broadcast, 27.5.82

16) Alla Luna for soprano, clarinet and piano (1981). Texts: Leopardi. Commissioned by Greater London Arts Association. Duration 12 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, Mark van der Wiel, Richard Balcombe, Leighton House, London, 17.3.81

17) Aubade for soprano and 5 instruments (1981). Text: 12th century anonymous French aube. Duration 6 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, Nomos, St Anne's Church, Wandsworth, 21.11.81

18) So Low for double bass solo (1981). Commissioned by Roger Dean with funds made available by Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts. Duration 9 minutes
First performance: Roger Dean, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire, 27.11.81

19) Slide Show for trombone solo (1981). Commissioned by the Park Lane Group with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 10 minutes
First performance: John Kenny, Purcell Room, 8.1.82

20) Ancient Lights for 7 instruments (1982). Commissioned by Lumina with funds made available by Yorkshire Arts. Duration 17 minutes
First performance: Lumina cond. David Blake, Huddersfield Festival, 24.11.82

21) Movements for 6 instruments (1982-3). Commissioned by the Koenig Ensemble with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 17 minutes
First performance: Koenig Ensemble cond. Jan Latham-Koenig, The New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone, 11.3.83 during the 1983 Regional Contemporary Music Network Tour

22) The Arrival of the Poet in the City for narrator and 7 instruments (1982-3).
Commissioned by Musicon with funds made available by Northern Arts. Text: Christopher Logue. Duration 20 minutes
First performance: Gavin Muir, Northern Sinfonia cond. Alan Fearon, Durham University, 7.5.83

23) Sound Progressions Newly Minted for brass quintet (1983). Requested by the SPNM for their 40th anniversary concert. Duration 1 minute
First performance: English Brass Ensemble, Barbican Foyer, 23.5.83

24) Piano Sonata (1983). Commissioned by Renée Reznek with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 22 minutes
First performance: Renée Reznek, Purcell Room, 15.11.83

25) Vignette for soprano and piano (1984). Texts: William Morris. Commissioned by the William Morris Society. Duration 7 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg and George Nicholson, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 24.3.84

26) A World of Imagination for a cappella choir (1984). Text: William Blake. Commissioned by the Choir of St James's, Piccadilly. Duration 3 minutes
First performance: Choir of St James's, Piccadilly cond. Harry Bickett, St James's, Piccadilly, 11.5.84

27) Peripheral Visions for soprano and piano (1984). Texts: Swift, Carroll, Wyndham Lewis and Anon. Commissioned by the Brighton Festival with funds made available by South East Arts. Duration 5 minutes
First performance: Anne Dawson and Jonathan Hinden, Brighton Festival, 9.5.84

28) String Quartet No. 2 (1984-5). Commissioned by Wolfson College, Oxford, with funds made available by Southern Arts. Duration 20 minutes
First performance: Fairfield Quartet, Wolfson College, Oxford, 2.3.85

29) Cascate for piano solo (1985). Commissioned by the Brighton Festival with funds made available by South East Arts. Duration 8 minutes
First performance: George Nicholson, Brighton Festival, 24.5.85

30) Stilleven for 5 instruments (1985). Commissioned by Lysis with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 13 minutes
First performance: Lysis, Purcell Room, 14.1.86

31) Three Nocturnes for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1986). Commissioned by Quorum with funds made available by Greater London Arts. Duration 20 minutes
First performance: Quorum, Purcell Room, 17.11.86

32) Blisworth Tunnel Blues for soprano and chamber orchestra (1986-7). Texts: Blake, Byron, Dickinson, Hardy, Thoreau, Mary Shelley. Commissioned by Paul Webster with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 38 minutes
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, Orpheus Ensemble cond. Paul Webster, Almeida Festival, 27.6.87

33) Romanza for violin and piano (1987). Commissioned by Miranda Fulleylove with funds made available by Greater London Arts. Duration 13 minutes
First performance: Miranda Fulleylove and Caroline Clemnow, BMIC, 13.4.88

34) Sea-Change for 14 strings (1988). Commissioned by the Orchestra of St John's, Smith Square. Duration 21 minutes
First performance: Orchestra of St John's, Smith Square cond. John Lubbock, Norwich Festival, 27.5.88

35) Impromptu for piano solo (1988). Duration 5 minutes
[No.1 of Mots justes]
First performance: George Nicholson, Morley College, 17.6.88

36) All Systems Go for piano solo (1989). Duration 5 minutes
[No.2 of Mots justes]
First performance: George Nicholson, Darlington Arts Centre, 25.11.89

37) Cello Concerto (1990). Commissioned by the BBC. Duration 30 minutes
First performance: Moray Welsh, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Sir Edward Downes, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 25.1.91 (live broadcast)

38) Spring Songs for recorder solo (1991). Commissioned by John Turner. Duration 12 minutes
First performance: John Turner, St Thomas's Church, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, 17.9.91

39) For Miles for piano solo (1992). Duration 6 minutes
[No.3 of Mots justes]
First performance: George Nicholson, University Chapel, Keele University, 27.2.92

40) Muybridge Frames for trombone and piano (1992). Commissioned by John Kenny with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Duration 20 minutes
First performance: John Kenny and Joanna Haratsaris, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, 17.11.92

41) Flute Concerto (1993). Jointly commissioned by James Galway and the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra. Duration 30 minutes
First performance: James Galway, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra cond. Zuohuang Chen, Zürich Tonhalle, Zürich, 7.10.94

42) Ave Atque Vale for flute and piano (1994). Duration 6 minutes
First performance: Ben Pateman and George Nicholson, St Cyprian's Church, London, 4.11.95

43) (termi)né for 2 bass clarinets (1995). Duration 11 minutes
First performance: Das Klarinettenduo Zelinsky/Smeyers, Alten Feuerwoche, Cologne, 26.10.95

44) String Quartet No. 3 (1995). Commissioned by Keele Concerts Society with funds made available by West Midlands Arts. Duration 21 minutes
First performance: Bochmann Quartet, Westminster Theatre, Keele University, 5.2.96

45) Sung without words for piano solo (1996). Duration 5½ minutes
[No.4 of Mots justes]
First performance: Peter Lawson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 20.3.01

46) In accord for piano solo (1997). Duration 10½ minutes
[No.5 of Mots justes]
First performance: Peter Lawson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 20.3.01

47) Fenestrae for 15 instruments (1998). Duration 11 minutes
First performance: Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 3.11.98

48) Letters to the World (1997-9). Texts: Emily Dickinson. Duration 30 minutes
First performance: Alison Wells (soprano), John Turner (recorder), Jonathan Price (cello), Keith Elcombe (harpsichord), Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 12.3.00

49) Fills for clarinet solo (2000). Duration 13 minutes
First performance: Philip Edwards, The Warehouse, London, 7.11.00

50) Catch for flute, clarinet and vibraphone (2001). Duration 5 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]
First performance: Sheffield University New Music Ensemble, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 27.11.01

51) Shailing and wambling for viola and cello (2001). Duration 9 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]
First performance: SMP Ensemble, Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, New Zealand, 20.6.14

52) Umbra/penumbra for trombone and piano (2002). Duration 5 minutes
First performance: John Kenny and George Nicholson, Ithaca College, New York, USA, 17.6.04

53) Mister Biberian His Dompe for guitar solo (2002). Duration 20 minutes
First performance: Gilbert Biberian, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 9.3.04

54) Idyll for soprano and 5 instruments (2003). Text: Thomas Hardy. Duration 8 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]

55) Hic Harold Rex interfectus est for 10 instruments (2004). Duration 2½ minutes
First performance: Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, St Mark´s, Broomhill, Sheffield, 8.6.04

56) Embers for soprano and 7 instruments (2004). Text: Thomas Hardy. Duration 8 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, University Drama Studio, Sheffield, 19.11.09

57) Concerto for Orchestra (2004-5). Duration 37 minutes
First performance: University of Sheffield Symphony Orchestra cond. George Nicholson, City Hall, Sheffield, 11.12.05

58) Autumn Journey for horn and harp (2005). Duration 8 minutes
First performance: Stephen Stirling and Christina Rhys, St James's, Piccadilly, 11.11.05 (third movement only)
Stephen Stirling and Christina Rhys, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 26.2.08 (complete)

59) Dormi, Jesu! for mixed choir and piano (2006). Text: traditional, trans. Coleridge. Duration 5½ minutes

60) Sonant formant morph for bass clarinet and string trio (2006). Duration 15 minutes
First performance: Gemini, University of Surrey, 20.9.06

61) Bagatelles for oboe and percussion (2006-7). Duration 20 minutes
First performance: New Noise, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 13.2.07

62) Caesura for horn, violin and piano (2007). Duration 12 minutes
First performance: Darryl Poulsen, Peter Cropper and George Nicholson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 20.3.07

63) Tableaux vivants for 10 instruments (2007). Duration 9 minutes
(incorporates Hic Harold Rex interfectus est as the second movement)

64) Recueillement for flute, horn, viola and harp (2007). Duration 10½ minutes
First performance: Arpège, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 26.2.08

65) Salve regina for 8 instruments (2008). Duration 11 minutes
(arrangement of the choral work by Robert Hacomplaynt)
First performance: Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, St Mark´s, Broomhill, Sheffield, 8.6.08

66) The darkening green for oboe and piano (2008). Duration 4 minutes
First performance: Chloe Miller Smith and George Nicholson, St Mark´s, Broomhill, Sheffield, 8.6.08

67) Short Stories for wind orchestra (2008). Duration 21 minutes
First performance: Sheffield University Wind Orchestra cond. Anthony Houghton, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 21.3.09

68) For Tess for soprano and 9 instruments (2009). Duration 6 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]

69) Volte-face for soprano and 3 instruments (2009). Text: Thomas Hardy. Duration 3½ minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]
First performance: Jane Ginsborg, Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, University Drama Studio, Sheffield, 19.11.09

70) Groundswell for 10 players (2009). Duration 5 minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]

71) Along upon for soprano and 7 instruments (2009). Text: Thomas Hardy. Duration 9½ minutes
[part of Wessex Heights]

72) Egdon Heath for 8 instruments (2009). Duration 13 minutes
(arrangement of the orchestral work by Gustav Holst)
First performance: Sheffield University New Music Ensemble cond. George Nicholson, University Drama Studio, Sheffield, 19.11.09

73) Further than guess for tenor and cello (2010). Texts: Emily Dickinson. Duration 10 minutes.

74) Dedans for trombone and live electronics (2010). Duration 17 minutes
First performance: John Kenny and George Nicholson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 14.12.10

75) Pas seul for piano solo (2011). Duration 7½ minutes
First performance: Leo Nicholson, Trinity College, London, 9.6.11

76) Harmonica for clarinet ensemble (2011). Duration 11 minutes
First performance: University of Sheffield Clarinet Choir cond. Anthony Houghton, Sheffield Cathedral, 2.12.11

77) Moonlight over Albion for clarinet, viola and piano (2011). Duration 5½ minutes
First performance: Sam Jones, Matt Appleyard and George Nicholson, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 29.11.11

78) Chiaroscuro for piano solo (2012). Duration 6½ minutes
First performance: Ruth Nicholson, Royal Holloway College, 24.5.12

79) Darkness Visible for bass clarinet and piano (2012). Duration 7 minutes
First performance: Sarah Watts and Antony Clare, Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham University, 23.11.12

80) Soundings for bass clarinet solo (2012). Duration 19 minutes
First performance: Sarah Watts, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, 18.3.14 (four movements only)

81) String Quartet no.4 (2012-13). Duration 30 minutes
First performance: Ligeti Quartet, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, 7.3.14

82) Tronie for piano solo (2013). Duration 10 minutes

83) To the Rainbow for soprano and recorder (2013-14). Texts: D.H. Lawrence. Duration 14 minutes

84) Far Cry for alto saxophone and piano (2014-15). Duration 17 minutes

85) (Fifty-second) Streets for vocal quartet (2015). Texts: Fifty York street names. Duration 1 minute
First performance: Chimera Ensemble, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, 13.6.15

86) Shadow Play for flute and clarinet (2015). Duration 12 minutes
First performance: Simon Desorgher and Philip Edwards, Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London, 20.11.15

87) Madrigals in memoriam Henri Pousseur for trumpet (doubling flugelhorn), trombone and piano (2015-16). Duration 24 minutes

88) Salut for string quartet (2016). Duration 6 minutes
First performance: Ligeti Quartet, Firth Hall, Sheffield University, 17.5.16

Recordings

String Quartet No. 3 (Metier MSV 92016)

Peripheral Visions (Metier MSV 92025)

Letters to the World, Spring Songs, For Miles, Sung without Words, In accord, Nodus
(Metier MSV 92062)

The arrival of the poet in the city (Unknown Public UPL 701: on CD 7 of `Audiologue´ – 7 discs of works by Christopher Logue)

Muybridge Frames, Umbra/penumbra (`A field of scarecrows´ on British Music Label BML 018: music for trombone and piano played by John Kenny and George Nicholson)

Bagatelles (Oboe Classics CC2021)

Darkness Visible (Cuillin 1002)