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© 2019 Henry McPherson

 

Graphic Score | Pen + Ink | A2 size (42 x 59.4cm) | Any Ensemble | 10 - 60'0''

premiered at Dag in de Branding Festival, ZuiderstrandtheaterDen Haag, NL, June 2019

" A study in notation and illustration. In Ecosystem I, players explore and improvise from a two-panel scene of flora in the undergrowth, following their own path through "not-quite" notation and fragments of manuscript". 

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2019

Ecosystem I

Graphic

Any Ensemble

Graphic Score | Pen + Ink | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Cello/Bass | 4 - 10'00''

premiered at Koninklijk ConservatoriumDen Haag, NL, June 2019: Adam Hall (USA), Cello

" In Sigil, the performer interprets calligraphic strokes layered over a four-string tablature, which suggest and indicate different playing instructions in the different directions of the score."

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2019

Sigil

Graphic

Solo Cello/Bass

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Solo Piano | c. 30'00''

premiere TBC

" Drawing on historical architectural, poetic, and dance forms, Partita is conceived as a stand-alone concert or recital work, as well as music for choreography"

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2019

Partita

Western Notation

Solo Piano

Text Piece | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | 25 lines

written Northumberland, England, May 2019

" Score does not equal notation / Score is..."

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2019

Notes on Score

Text

25 Lines

Audio | 1 track (single) | 4'22''

released February 2019

Available on Soundcloud, YouTube music, iTunes, Spotify, and other major streaming services.

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2019

Pavane

Audio

1 track

Graphic Score | Ink + Brush | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | People or Objects | Variable Duration

premiere TBC

" A series of panels for interpretation through dance, movement of people, or the movement of objects."

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2019

Scores for Movement

Graphic

People/Objects

Installation | Audio + Performance | Performance duration c. 45'00''

installed at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, February 2019

" An installation of queer sonic collage using recorded sound from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a performance exploring what it means to uncover the language of a community."

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2019

Colagens II

Installation

Audio + Performance

Installation | Audio + Performance | Performance duration c. 45'00''

installed at DESPINA, Rio de Janeiro, BR, September 2018

" An installation of queer sonic collage using recorded sound from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and an intimate one-on-one performance installed in the gallery's bathroom"

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2018

Colagens I

Installation

Audio + Performance

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Solo Piano | 5 - 15'00''

premiered at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, CA, July 2018: 

Henry Mcpherson, Piano

" A work for solo piano, inspired by the qualities of the sun during winter in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere."

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2018

Wintersun

Western Notation

Solo Piano

Text Piece | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | for "Musician" | Variable Duration

written Banff, Alberta, CA, June 2018. Premiere recording Henry McPherson, Piano, June 2018

" Conceived while on residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Body is work which concerns the relationship between the human body, and instruments which produce sound.

Dedicated to the memory of Pauline Oliveros"

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2018

Body

Text

28 Lines

Text Piece | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | for "Musician" | Variable Duration

written Banff, Alberta, CA, June 2018. Premiere recording Henry McPherson, Piano, June 2018

" Conceived while on residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Body is work which concerns the relationship between the human body, and instruments which produce sound.

Dedicated to the memory of Pauline Oliveros"

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2018

Smoke (fire), Voice, Mountain

Audio Album

12 tracks

Video Score | 1920x1080 | Music and/or Movement | c.25'00''

premiered at DeComposed, Glasgow, June 2018: Maria Donohue (USA), Piano

" A score in which the video acts as stimulus for improvising musicians and/or dancers. Performers improvise freely from the score as it is projected into the performance space. The video features recorded live-painting using acrylic on back-lit polypropylene"

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2018

Garden

Video Score

1920x1080

Graphic Score | Acrylic on Paper | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Piano | Variable duration

premiered at DeComposed, Glasgow, June 2018: Maria Donohue (USA), Piano

" A series of 18 panels in black and white, for interpretation by pianist on solo piano. Produced for american pianist Maria Donohue"

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2018

Studies in Black and White

Graphic

Solo Piano

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Solo Bassoon | c.15'00''

premiere recording June 2018, Ronan Whittern (IE), Bassoon

" Go outside and collect three sticks.
Return home, harming nothing.
The following day, return the sticks to where they were found,
Return home, harming nothing.”

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2018

Oracle

Western Notation

Solo Bassoon

Video Score | Animation | 1920x1080 | Mixed strings and/or Voices | c. 10'00''

premiere TBC

" An animated score. Performers follow the white "fireflies" as they move, appear, and disappear, interpreting their movement on their instrument"

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2018

Firefly Cycles

Video Score

1920x1080

Graphic Score | Acrylic on Paper| A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Solo Instrument | 0'30'' - 3'00''

premiered Glasgow Experimental Music Series, June 2018: Gregor Forbes (UK), Piano

" A series of three short panels for solo instrument, to be interpreted at sight in performance"

 

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2018

Pathways

Graphic

Solo Instrument

Graphic Score | Digital Print | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Bowed String Instrument | Variable duration

premiere recording May 2018: Adam Hall (USA), Cello

" To be interpreted by the performer with no additional information"

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2018

Six Studies on a Straight Line

Graphic

Bowed String Instrument

Music Theatre | Trio (Savage Parade: Piano, Voice, Cello) | c. 20'00''

premiered at Anthems for Queer Youth, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK, May 2018

" A segment within Robert Allen's Anthems for Queer Youth, exploring queer tenderness, homeliness, and self-love through text and music. Conceived by Savage Parade"

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2018

Hellyys

Music-Theatre

Trio (Savage Parade)

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Opera | c.15'00''

commissioned by Scottish Opera. Premiered at SWG3, Glasgow, UK, April 2018

"  A short opera for young chorus. Based on a folktale from Herefordshire, England. A young girl finds a mysterious creature in the undergrowth. Taking it home in her basket, little does she know of the consequences that will follow her actions...” (see "view more" for forces")

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2017

Maud

Western Notation

Opera

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Guitar Duo | c.5'00''

premiered at PLUG, Glasgow, UK, May 2018: Samrat Majumder, Maso Girotto, Guitar

" A short work for guitar duo written in free-time, with scordatura"

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2017

snow-constellation

Western Notation

Guitar Duo

Western Standard Notation | B4 size (25 x 35.3cm) | Chamber Ensemble | c.9'00''

premiered at PLUG, Glasgow, UK, May 2018: Decibel Ensemble

Rec./Cl./A. Sax./Tbn./Pno./Perc. x1/Vln./E. Gtr./Db.

" The front page of the score features a series of images of clasped hands, gradually opening"

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2017

Opening Hands

Western Notation

Chamber Ensemble

Graphic Score | Tablature | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Guzheng | c. 5'00''

premiered recording St. Michaels, Manchester, UK, Zilan Liao, Guzheng, April 2018

" A work for solo Guzheng written using a bespoke tablature developed with Guzheng player Zilan Liao. Conceived as part of Psappha Ensemble's 'Composing for...' scheme"

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2017

Crocus

Graphic

Solo Guzheng

Installation |  Performance | Performance duration c. 3'00'00''

installed at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow UK, October 2017

" An installation showcasing free improvisation, physiological response to improvisation, experimental video scores and performance work. Featuring the artists of EAST."

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2017

EAST at GoMA

Installation

Performance

Music Theatre | Trio (Savage Parade: Piano, Voice, Cello) | c. 45'00''

commissioned by and premiered at FLUID festival, Birmingham, UK: September 2017

" A recital work placing queer identified voices at the centre of traditional forms and structures of Western Classical Music, utilising text generated from the ensemble's lived experience."

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2017

For Sylvia

Music-Theatre

Trio (Savage Parade)

Western Standard Notation | B4 size (25 x 35.3cm) | String Quartet | c.45'00''

premiered TBC

" A large-scale work for String Quartet. ' the shape of my house is nothing like the shape of my father's house'..."

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2017

the shape of my house

Western Notation

String Quartet

Western Standard Notation | B4 size (25 x 35.3cm) | Chamber Ensemble | c15'00''

premiered PLUG, Glasgow, May 2017: Glasgow New Music Expedition

Vln./vla./Vc. (Soloist)/Pno./Perc. x1

" A chamber work in five movements featuring soloistic Cello"

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2017

Meditations

Western Notation

Chamber Ensemble

Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Chamber Ensemble | c14'00''

premiere TBC. Commissioned by BBC SSO Composition Club. 

Cl./Vln./Vc./Vibraph.

" A chamber quartet featuring prominent microtonal clarinet. Written for Yann Ghiro and Laura Samuel (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra)"

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2017

A thought of falling

Western Notation

Chamber Ensemble

Text Piece | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | 4 lines | for Cellist and Vocalist | c.9'00''

written Glasgow, Scotland, July 2016

" A work in which the cellist mimics vocal sounds produced by vocalist in the deconstruction and recitation of a short poem"

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2016

Only in the absence of words

Text 

19 lines

Music Theatre | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Drag Performer | 20'00'' - 1'00'00''

premiered Glasgow, Scotland, June 2016: Henry McPherson, Drag

" A work exploring embodiment and the performance of gender within the context of a solo recital"

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2016

Reaching Within

Music-Theatre

Solo Drag Performer

Western Traditional Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Voice and Piano | c. 8'00''

premiered Glasgow, Scotland, September 2016: Leslie Schipa (voice), Maciej Granat (piano)

" A setting of the last words of Lady Jane Grey, spoken before her execution. Composed as a companion piece to Libby Larson's cycle 'Try Me, Good King: the last words of the wives of Henry VIII' "

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2016

Jane the Quene

Western Notation

Voice and Piano

Western Traditional Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Clarinet and Piano | c. 5'00''

premiered PLUG, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2016: Ensemble Modern

" This short piece is taken from the last movement of “Mannequin”, a set of three portraits inspired by the work of the great designer Alexander McQueen. This movement of the work drew inspiration from an ensemble of McQueen’s featured in the “Savage Beauty” collection, a headpiece, corset,and skirt made of hundreds of dark black feathers."

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2016

Death the Mother

Western Notation

Clarinet and Piano

Western Traditional Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Chamber Ensemble | c. 15'00''

premiered PLUG, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2016: Ensemble Modern

Ob./Cl./Bsn./Tpt./Pno./Perc. x1

" Three portraits of women, inspired by fashion-pieces by the late Alexander McQueen"

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2016

Mannequin

Western Notation

Chamber Ensemble

Installation |  Performance | Performance duration c. 3'00'00''

installed in R6, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,Glasgow UK, February 2016

" A durational performance within an installed performance space, featuring composed music, electronics, live painting, improvisation, and text. "

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2016

Woodroom

Installation

Performance

Western Traditional Notation | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Opera | c. 13'00''

premiered PLUG, Glasgow, Scotland, May 2016: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, Alexander Gibson Opera School Soloists, BBC Scotland, Dir. Ray Tallan

" A dark, dreamlike story of three individuals, unsure of their place in a new world "

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2015

Ūhte

Western Notation

Short Opera (film)

Graphic Score | Pen and Ink | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Piano | c. 10'00'' (+)

premiered Glasgow, Scotland, March 2016: Henry McPherson, Piano

" A set of illustrated miniatures for piano, based on the native trees of Herefordshire, England."

 

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2015

Book of Trees

Graphic

Solo Piano

Western Traditional Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Violin and Viola | c.12'00''

premiered PLUG, Glasgow, Scotland, 2014, Garth Knox (viola), Mieko Kanno (violin)

" A series of variations on a theme, for string duo. Winner of the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize for Composition"

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2014

Kindred

Western Notation

Violin and Viola