Cloud Atlas (PFCD207)
Wind Music of Philip Grange
1-7 Cloud Atlas for Symphonic Wind Band (2009)* 26.14
1 crotchet = 66/72 4.55 2 Capriccioso: crotchet = 96 2.39 3 Meccanico Sempre 2.01 4 crotchet =72/108 6.14 5 crotchet = 72/Recit. 2.31 6 Capriccioso: crotchet = 96 2.46 7 crotchet = 72 5.08
8-13 Bacchus Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1993)** 12.47
8 crotchet = 120 1.30 9 Round 1, Colloquy 1 1.49 10 Round 2, Colloquy 2 2.20 11 Round 3, Dithyramb 1 2.18 12 Round 4, Bacchanal 2.22 13 Round 5, Dithyramb 2 2.28
14 Concerto for Solo Clarinet Radical and Symphonic Wind Band Shēng Shēng Bù Shí 生生不息 (1998 – 2000)*** 21.36
In Memoriam Giles Easterbrook (1949-2021)
"This re-release in digipak format is a companion release to 'In Passing' (PFCD204) and is dedicated to the memory of Giles Easterbrook who, in his role as publisher and agent, made an important contribution in bringing all three pieces on this CD to fruition. He was heavily involved in the negotiations for the Clarinet Concerto and Cloud Atlas, and the former is published by the innovative Maecenas publishing house for which he created a contemporary music catalogue. With Bacchus Bagatelles he not only published the work, but even copied the parts! For Giles a publisher had a serious responsibility for the trust given by a composer, and as such he felt it important to represent a composer’s work as a whole, not just individual pieces: wise words that took me some time to appreciate."
* (Published by Edition Peters) National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain conducted by Phillip Scott
Recorded on September 5, 2011 in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University
** (Published by Edition Peters) The Queenswood Wind Quintet
Recorded on September 15, 2012 in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University
*** National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain conducted by Phillip Scott with Sarah Williamson solo clarinet
Recorded on September 4, 2005 in the Wiltshire Music Centre
Producer: Richard Scott
Executive Producer: Steve Plews
This CD was made possible by generous financial support from The Ida Carroll Trust, The RVW Trust, the BASBWE Educational Trust and an Investing in Success Award from the University of Manchester.
Previously released as Prima Facie PFCD019
Philip Grange studied composition with Peter Maxwell Davies both privately and at the Dartington Summer School of Music between 1975 and 1981. In 1976 he entered York University where his teachers included David Blake (composition) and Alan Hacker (clarinet) and where he completed both an undergraduate degree (1979) and PhD (1984). Having held positions at Trinity College, Cambridge and Durham and Exeter Universities, he was Professor of Composition at the University of Manchester between 2001 and 2020.
In the UK Grange’s works have been commissioned or featured by, among others, the Aldeburgh, Bath, Brighton, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Huddersfield and St Magnus Festivals, the BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, The Fires of London, Gemini, Psappha and the Kreutzer, Lindsay and Danel String Quartets. Overseas he has been featured composer and/or had his work performed at festivals and concerts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. His compositions have been broadcast throughout the world.
A significant number of Grange’s works have been recorded on CD. These include five single composer CDs beginning with Dark Labyrinths, released on the Black Box label in 2000, Darkness Visible and Homage, released in 2006 and 2019 respectively on the Metier label, Cloud Atlas, originally released on Prima Facie in 2013 and Zeitgeist released on Campion in 2007. His principal publisher is Edition Peters, London.