Writing

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Book

The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 6th edition (Oxford University Press, 2012) [new edition features a complete editorial overhaul, as well as the addition of 100+ entries on contemporary composers and completely new coverage of jazz, popular and non-Western musics]

Articles

‘The Influence Engine: Steve Reich and Pop Music’, New Music Box (27 March 2013) [On the influence, or not, of Steve Reich]

‘Just Inside the Green Line’, The Journal of Music (10 September 2012) [On Cyprus’s Pharos International Festival of Contemporary Music]

‘Some Recent Silences’, NewMusicBox (25 April 2012) [A John Cage centenary tribute on silent music since 4’33”]

‘The Ghost of the Avant Garde’, Guardian Music Blog (23 April 2012) [On Luigi Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura]

‘The Search for a Voice: The Composers of Ricordi London in 2011′, Ricordi VIP magazine, December 2011

‘It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’ve been’, NewMusicBox (5 October 2011) [on Joshua Fineberg and the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival]

‘Patterns of Shimmer: Liza Lim’s Compositional Ethnography’, Tempo, no.258 (October 2011)

‘Two Worlds’, The Journal of Music (19 April 2011) [on Michel van der Aa’s Up-close]

‘New Music’, BBC Proms Guide 2011, 68–75 [Short features on each of the 26 world, UK and London premieres in the 2011 Proms season. Includes Georges Aperghis: Champ–Contrechamp; Harrison Birtwistle: Violin Concerto and Angel Fighter; Pascal Dusapin: Morning in Long Island and String Quartet no.6; and Robin Holloway: Fifth Concerto for Orchestra]

‘A Journey to Aaron Cassidy’s Second String Quartet’, NewMusicBox (9 February 2011)

‘Seeking Substance Over Style’, INTO,  no.17 (February/March 2011), 22–29 [profile of Jonathan Cole]

‘Staging Kurtág’s Private Theatre’, INTO, no.15 (November 2010), 28–33

‘Yanks in the UK’, NewMusicBox (13 October 2010)

‘Processes of Revelation: Liza Lim’, INTO, no.14 (October 2010), 26–31

‘An Unexpected Proms Date with Beyoncé and her Single Ladies’, The Guardian Music Blog (2 September 2010)

‘A Super-Collision of East and West’, interview with Dai Fujikura for Kings Place (June 2010)

‘Xenakis: So what does a wiggly line sound like?’, The Guardian (4 June 2010)

‘Bridging the Gap’, INTO, no.9 (May 2010), 30–36

‘Young at Heart?’, INTO, no.5 (January 2010), 32–37

‘Richard Barrett’s Archaeology of Memory’, INTO, no.4 (December 2009), 20–25

‘The World’s Most Complex Music’, The Guardian (13 Nov 2009)

‘The St Luke Passion as Britain’s First Encounter with Sonorism’, Muzyka, liii/1 (2008), 131–9

‘”Shiny and New”? Rereading Madonna’s Virgin’, British Postgraduate Musicology, no.6 (2004)

‘Klang.Bilder: Ian Wilson und sein neues Streichquartett “Veer”‘, Musikfreunde, Sept/Oct (2003), 32–5

‘Out of Belfast and Belgrade: the Recent Music of Ian Wilson’, Tempo, no.224 (2003), 2–9

‘Communication and Experience: Some Observations on the Relationship Between Composer and Performer in Játékok‘, Studia Musicologica, xliii (2002), 281–7

‘Rudolf Steiner and Learning Through the Body in Kurtág’s Játékok‘, Piano Journal, no.69 (2002), 19–22

Programme notes

Witold Lutosławski: Mini Ouverture, Fanfare for CUBE, Partita, Epitaph, Subito, Grave. Metamorphoses, Dance Preludes (RCM performers, RCM, 6 March 2013; part of the Philharmonia’s series Woven Words “Music begins where words end” for the Lutosławski Centenary)

‘The Steve Reich Meme’, booklet essay for the world premiere of Reich’s Radio Rewrite (London Sinfonietta, Royal Festival Hall, 5 March 2013, and on tour)

Piano music by Chopin, Debussy, Lutosławski, Szymanowski and Ligeti (RCM performers, RCM, 27 February 2013; part of the Philharmonia’s series Woven Words “Music begins where words end” for the Lutosławski Centenary)

String quartets by Szymanowski, Ligeti, Lutosławski and Roussel (RCM performers, Purcell Room, 4 February 2013; part of the Philharmonia’s series Woven Words “Music begins where words end” for the Lutosławski Centenary)

Grażyna Bacewicz: Concerto for String Orchestra (BBC Scottish SO, 25 and 26 October 2012)

Witold Lutosławski: Symphony no.3 (Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Proms, 31 August 2012)

Kronos Quartet (BBC Proms, 24 July 2012) [notes on Johnston’s String Quartet no.4; Omar Souleyman: I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You; trad.: A Thousand Thoughts]

György Ligeti: Double Concerto, MelodienSan Francisco PolyphonyHamburg Concerto (Southbank Centre, London Sinfonietta and Philharmonia, 12 and 13 May 2012)

London Sinfonietta and Arditti Quartet: Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (Southbank Centre, 21 and 22 April 2012) [notes for two concerts in the Southbank’s weekend-long festival of Nancarrow’s music]

Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens (Barbican Centre, 9 April 2012)

Missy Mazzoli: Violent, Violent Sea; Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto; Owen Pallett: Violin Concerto (Barbican Centre, Britten Sinfonia, 16 March 2012)

Kronos Quartet: Awakenings (Barbican Centre, 21–27 January 2012) [Introduction and notes for three concerts as part of Kronos’s week-long Barbican residency]

György Kurtág: …concertante… (BBC SO, 16 December 2011)

Thomas Larcher: Double Concerto (BBC Proms, BBC Scottish SO, 18 August 2011)

Total Immersion: Peter Eötvös (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BBC SO, 14 May 2011) [complete notes for one-day festival of Eötvös’s music, including Paris-Dakar, Psalm 151, Derwischtanz, Sonata per sei, Levitation, Psychokosmos, zeroPoints, IMA and introductory essay ‘Music’s Magic Realist’]

‘Popularizing the Process’, booklet essay for Steve Reich: Reverberations (Barbican Centre, 7–8 May 2011)

Toru Takemitsu: Requiem for Strings (BBC SO, 4 March 2011)

Thomas Larcher: Violin Concerto (BBC SO, 4 March 2011)

Michel van der Aa: Up-Close (Sol Gabetta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, 2011)

James Dillon: La Navette (BBC Scottish SO, BBC Proms, 19 August 2010)

György Ligeti: Ejszaka, Reggel and Lux aeterna (Danish National Concert Choir, BBC Proms, 11 August 2010)

John Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (London Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, 3 July 2010)

Sleevenotes

Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Choral Works (Resonus Classics, RES10117, 2013)

Barbara Lüneberg: Beyond (Coviello, COV61302, 2013) [Bach, Partita in D minor; Scelsi L’âme ailée, L’âme ouverte, Xnoybis; note co-written with Lüneberg]

Michel van der Aa: Up-close (Disquiet, DQM04, 2011)

Ian Wilson: In Shadows (Riverrun, RVRCD82, 2011)

ELISION: strange forces (HCR03CD, 2010) [works by Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Klaus K. Hübler, Evan Johnson, Liza Lim and Timothy McCormack]

ELISION: transference (HCR02CD, 2010) [works by Mary Bellamy, Aaron Cassidy, Bryn Harrison and Liza Lim]

Ian Wilson: Winter finding, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉ CD126, 2010)

Ian Wilson: Sullen earth (Riverrun RVRCD80, 2009)

Ian Wilson: Veer: String Quartets, The Callino Quartet (Riverrun RVRCD77, 2007)

Profiles and biographies

Witold Lutosławski, biography for Berlin Philharmonic concert, BBC Proms, 31 August 2012

Ben Johnston, biography for Kronos Quartet concert, BBC Proms, 24 July 2012

George Benjamin, introductory notes for George Benjamin: Jubilation, Southbank Centre, 12 and 13 May 2012

‘Birthday Bashes’, profile of ensemblebash and CHROMA for Kings Place listing magazine (January–March 2012)

Thomas Larcher, biography for BBC SO concert, 4 March 2011

‘Mission Impossible Made to Measure’, profile of ELISION for Kings Place listing magazine (June 2010)