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Edward Gregson

Publisher: Novello & Co

Metamorphoses (1979)
Commissioned by Goldsmith's College, University of London
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Year Composed
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Edward Gregson Metamorphoses (1979)
Metamorphoses was commissioned by the University of London Goldsmith's College, and first performed in June 1979 with the composer conducting. It is scored for a slightly expanded orchestral wind section, with piano and four double basses.

Most of the material is derived from the opening motif, a rising chord of minor seconds and augmented fourths. Aleatoric cadenzas for different groups alternate with slow-moving metric passages and a faster ostinato figure on piano.

A central section introduces simple electronics, amplification of solo flute and clarinet with an echo device, accompanied first by percussion, later with low chords. The ostinato figure becomes more urgent, finally erupting into an energetic coda, which refers briefly to all of the earlier material.

Edward Gregson

  • Ensemble
    RCNM Wind Orchestra (Festivo, Metamorphoses) / The Manchester Boy's Choir (Missa Brevis)
    Henry Herford, baritone (Missa Brevis)
    Timothy Reynish (Festivo) / Edward Gregson (Metamorphoses, Missa Brevis)
  • 05 JUL 2009
    WASBE Conference
    University of Cincinnati, USA
    RNCM Wind Orchestra
    Clark Rundell, conductor
  • 02 JUL 2009
    RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester, UK
    RNCM Wind Orchestra
    Timothy Reynish, conductor
  • 07 OCT 2008
    Play to the Nation
    BBC Radio 3
    Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra
  • 26 APR 2008
    Martin Harris Centre for the Arts, University of Manchester
    Manchester University Wind Orchestra
    Edward Gregson / Philip Robinson, conductor
  • 15 MAY 2004
    Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
    Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    David Smith, conductor
  • 25 MAY 2003
    Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
    Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    Timothy Norris; David Smith, conductor
  • 19 FEB 2002
    The Brown Shipley Concert Hall
    RNCM Wind Orchestra and Brass Band
    James Gourlay, conductor

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