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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,  he alighted upon the idea of creating a 'Light Organ', a keyboard that played coloured light rather than pitched sounds, an idea produced by the Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin but taken rather further in involving the observation of colour interaction with both space and time.

This developed into being his most important artwork as a young man.

For eighteen months, AMA was able to identify with being an artist having

various exhibitions in the UK and was financially supported in doing so.

Nice moustache, Alexandre.

It must be understood that AMA has had no formal music composition training but for the next eight years, whilst lecturing in art in Bristol, he continued to write chamber music and compositions for jazz ensembles, then he stopped - for thirty seven years.

In 2014, being recently retired from gainful employment, and having invested in the Sibelius music writing programme a few years earlier, AMA set to with intent! The following pieces are produced by using this impressive piece of software which enables a composer to hear what is being written.The music can be played back by the synthetically produced sounds, some of which are not half too bad.

"Gentlemen - Play the Blues"

Arranged for Saxophone Quartet, SATB

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

Summer 2017

4' 50''

Etude pour Clarinette et Pianoforte

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1968 - extended 2017

3' 16"

Introduction & Promenade

    Instrumental Quartets

As Saxophone Quartet No. 1

As Mixed Quartet                                           5' 03"    

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1972 - revised 2018

5' 12"

Saxophone Quartet No. 2

      Comprising Three Movements

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

1969 - revised 2015

13' 36"

String Quartet No. 1

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2015

5' 39"

Que Chaque Nation se Réjouisse

        Let Each Nation Rejoice

Hymne pour Harmonie Européenne

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2003 - revised 2016

1' 18"

Encore Là / We're Still Here

Arranged for Fréjus Concert Wind Band

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

2016

3' 11"

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

2' 31"

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
2' 53"

On Changing Sands

Ballad for Clarinet and String Ensemble

Comp. Anthony M Alcock

Summer 2016

5' 09"

Three Christmas Carols

Arranged for Saxophone Quartet, SATB

by Anthony M Alcock

2016

8' 17''
 

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

5'18"

4' 01"
4' 01"