Original Compositions by AMA

 

AMA started writing music in January 1967 when he was asked to write the incidental music for the Leicester Polytechnic production of the German play, Wozzeck by by Georg Büchner. He was young and not knowing what he could or couldn't do, undertook the task. So inspired was he by the reading of the text that what he wrote for the small instrumental ensemble turned out to be something of a success; as a result of this and other pieces for theatre, he was commissioned to write music for a number of productions covering two seasons at the Pheonix Theatre, Leicester, UK.

As he was finishing his second year at Leicester Polytechnic, he and his tutors realised that he had written rather more pieces of music than he had produced viable studio artworks and was encouraged to combine his interest in both the fine arts and music.              Consequently, AMA alighted upon the idea of creating a

'Light Organ', a keyboard that played coloured light rather than pitched sounds, an idea originally introduced by the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin in 1910. However, AMA's work took this idea rather further through developing a system which provided for the the observation of colour

mutation and interaction in both space and time. This was certainly his most important

artwork production in his creative life to date. For eighteen months, AMA was able to

identify with being an artist, having various exhibitions in the UK as well as being

financially supported to do so.

                                                                                                               

It must be understood that AMA was totally self taught concerning musical composition; none the less, for the next eight years, whilst lecturing in art in Bristol, he continued to write chamber music and little compositions for jazz ensembles. Then he stopped - for thirty seven years.

In 2014, being recently retired from gainful employment, and having invested a few years earlier in a Sibelius music editing programme, AMA set to with intent! The pieces identified below are produced by using this impressive piece of software which enables the composer to hear what is being written, rather than just inside his head (including errors). The music is realised as digitally produced sounds, most of which are not half too bad.

 Nice moustache, Alexandre.

 

Various styles

1' 18"

3' 11"

4'22''

Que Chaque Nation se Réjouisse

        Let Each Nation Rejoice

Hymne pour Harmonie Européenne

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2003 - revised 2016

Encore Là / We're Still Here

Arrangement pour l'Harmonie Aurélienne

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2016

A Light Codetta
Sound-track for an animated film clip of an intriguing light box providing continuous colour modulations.
Comp. and artwork by AMA
2016

Three Christmas Carols

Arranged for Saxophone Quartet, (S.A.T.B.)

by Anthony M Alcock

2016

7'45''

2'47''

4' 50''

"Gentlemen - Play the Blues"

Arranged for Saxophone Quartet, (S.A.T.B.)

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

Summer 2017

Ain't Miscreating

Arrangement for four S.A.T.B. instrumental voices of :

Die Schöpfung erzählt von Gottes Herrlichkeit' - 

'The Creation speaks of the Glory of God' -

        Psalm 19.

by Anthony M Alcock, 

Spring 2017

5'23"

Sevillian Interlude

Originally written for a six piece modern style jazz band. This version in written on the Sibelius system.

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

June 1976, revised May 2020

Classical (Modern)

3' 24"

4' 04"

5' 44"

5' 15"

Etude pour Clarinette et Pianoforte

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1968 - extended 2017

Introduction & Allegro to an

Uncertain Future

(i)    Wind Quartet :

        Flute, Bb Clarinet & Horn in F & Bassoon.

(ii)   Saxophone Quartet No. 1:  (S.A.T.B.)

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1969 - revised  2015   

Saxophone Quartet No. 2  (S.A.T.B.)

Introduction & Promenade

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1972 - revised  2018                                          5' 03"

At Peace with my Piano

Une Trève pour mon Piano

An engaging composition for piano in 12/8, which explores a balance between harmony

and conflict.

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1968  -  revised December 2019                        4' 04"

String Quartet No. 1

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2015

On Changing Sands

Ballad for Clarinet and String Ensemble

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

Summer 2016

4' 08"

The 'Be-de, be-De' Quartet in G Major

Originally an arrangement for classical string

quartet; however, in this version it is scored for

concert flute, two clarinets and violoncello.

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2018

String Quartet No. 2  

‘Not in Tune with my Zeitgeist’

This piece started out as a study in four part harmony and I believe has ended up expressing / mirroring something of my own life, to date. 

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

January 2019

5' 27"

Anticipation & Promenade

au Cap Roux

Scored for flute, clarinet in A viola and violoncello.

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

June 1972,  revised October 2020

5'29"

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