COMPOSER


Alexander Flood began composing at a very early age, but only started to pursue it seriously whilst at Oxford and then as a postgraduate student at King's College, London. Since then, he has built up an enviable portfolio of works across most genres, and received considerable acclaim for his music's dynamism, inventiveness and coherence.

His compositions draw on a wide pool of historical and contemporary influences, and several pieces refer directly to specific earlier models. However, a much more important factor has been the assimilation into his music of modal frameworks, in combination with long-range harmonic and melodic thinking. With these strong backbones to his technique, he has produced scores equally successfully for professional and amateur performers alike.

His cantata Born in Flight received a great reception at its premiere in November 2016. It sets three texts dating to the period of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) or in circulation in the German-speaking world at that time. Reflecting those three decades of strife in Central Europe – an impenetrable web of religious and political turmoil – Born in Flight addresses the transience of life and the horrors of war, especially the displacement of children as refugees.




LIST OF WORKS


Orchestral

Sinfonietta (2008) 18’
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, Btbn, 2 perc, str

Three Dreams of Night (2008) 7’
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc, cel, hp, str

Récits (2007) 4’40”
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc, cel/pno, hp, str

Organ Concerto (2005-6) 17’
               organ, strings

Recessional (2002) 4’50”
            fl, ob, cl, bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, 2 perc, pno, hp, str

 

Instrumental ensemble

of two lives (2013) 5’30”
            'cello, piano

Giochi di notte (2011) 10’00”
           2 vln, vla, vcl, cb

Nocturne (2004-5) 3’20”
            2 pianos, 2 percussion [bass drum, crotales, marimba, vibraphone]

Nightrule (2004-5) 9’30”
            brass quintet [2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba]

Processional (2004) 2’30”
            brass quintet [2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba], organ

Pastorale (2004) 5’30”
           flute/picc., clarinet, harp, string quartet
 
Partita: Ach, wie nichtig (2003) 4’50”
           cor Anglais, horn in F, violin, double bass, harp, piano

Piano inter pares (2002) 3’40”
           piano, harp, vibraphone

Prelude, Melody and Double (2001-2) 6’30”
           flute/picc./alto, E flat clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, double bass, harp, piano

Scherzo (2001) 4’
           clarinet quartet [3 clarinets, bass clarinet]

 

Solo instrumental

Trumpet Voluntary with Echoes (2010)
            organ

Rhapsoidia (2009)
            organ and electronics

Ascendit! (2008)
            organ

The Silver Swan  (Tombeau de Gibbons) (2008)
            piano

Fugue sur S.N.C.F. (2007)
            organ

Ricercare (2006)
            piano

Cantus-Etude (2005)
            organ

Praeludium super gamut descendens (2000)
            organ

 

Solo vocal

Five Flower Haiku (2009)
            tenor, piano

The voice of the winter (2007)
            tenor, piano

…soft voices… (2003)
            baritone, cl, vln, vla, vcl

Uffington (2001)
            bass, piano

Two daydreams (2000)
            high voice, piano

 

Choral

Born in Flight (2016)
            S solo, SATB, vln, 4vla, 2vcl, cb, hp, 2hn

Magnificat on 'Gabriel's Message (2014)
            SATB, organ

O Lord, we beseech thee (2014)
            SATB

Puer natus est nobis (2014)
            SSAATTBB, (optional organ)

Advent Matin Responsory (2013)
            SSAATTBB

Nova! Nova! 'Ave' fit ex 'Eva' (2010)
            SATB, organ

Stetit Angelus (2010)
            SATB, organ

Nunc dimittis (2010)
            SSAATTBB

O magnum mysterium (2009)
            ATB

Laudibus in sanctis (2009)
            Tenor solo, 'cello, SATB, chamber organ

A Parish Requiem (2006)
            SATB, organ

The Spacious Firmament on High (2006)
            SATB, organ

Missa Ecce tempus idoneum (2006, rev. 2012)
            ATB, organ

Great Lord of Lords (2004-5)
            SATB, organ

Phos hilaron (2003) [published by O.U.P.]
            SATB, organ

Dutch Carol (2003)
            SATB

God be in my head (2003)
            SATB

Evening Canticles in Welsh for Jesus College, Oxford (2003)
            sSATB, organ

Te Deum and Jubilate for Men’s Voices (2002-3)
            ATB, organ

Dream and Reflections (2002)
            6S, 6A, 6T, 6B

O Waly, Waly (2002)
            SSAATTBB

 

Arrangements


Twelve Fantazias for Viols – Henry Purcell
            organ solo

‘Enigma’ Variations – Edward Elgar
            organ solo


 

  …plus numerous other short original works and arrangements.

 

 

 



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