is currently working on a substantial commissioned work for two
members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra – the principal bassist
and the viola player Rose Shaw, who first came across Palmer’s
work as a member of the Accordes Quartet who played his third
quartet in 2002. This is a really good challenge! But just think
of the wonderful soundcolours and textures are possible with these
an exciting development, Geoff has been commissioned to write
a sixth string quartet, to be premièred by the Edinburgh Quartet
in the Autumn of 2017. Watch this space for further details of
the première, subsequent performances and the recording!
and Aran Mojzer premièred Geoff’s “Woodshaving 1” for two bassoons
at Korundi Hall in Rovaniemi in April. More woodshavings to follow….
But we must find a better name for the resulting work!
new Concerto for Cello and Wind Soloists went down a treat in
Rovaniemi, Inari and Karigasniemi in February this year. Thank
you so much to Lauri Angervo and all the wind players. And thanks
to Nicholas Daniel for his oversight and support with the project.
We’re all talking about repeat performances and recordings….
2015 - much hasty orchestration taking place at the beginning
of this month! University of Aberdeen composers (mostly staff
and postgraduates) are each taking one of Moussorgsky's "Pictures"
to orchestrate for the University Symphony Orchestra. Geoff picked
"The Great Gate off Kiev"… all those notes!
part of a quest to produce publicly available recordings of the
five Palmer string quartets (and assorted quartets-plus-one),
Adam Cresser, music technician at the University of Aberdeen has
been helping Geoff to produce an audio presentation on CD which
consists of a conversation about Geoff's string quartets which
took place in London with Michael Berkeley in August 2015. The
conversation discusses this part of Palmer's oevre and introduces
extracts from performances of works written from the mid-1970s
until the present. If you would like a copy of this CD, which
alas will not be downloadable for copyright reasons, please get
in touch through the Contacts page. Please let us know the nature
of your interest too - quartet member, artistic director of a
concert series/festival, or just a music lover! We are mightily
encouraged by the reaction of one of our best string quartets
and one of our best record labels, who would appear to be coming
together to produce an initial CD of Palmer quartets! More soon.
2015 - the Lapland Chamber Orchestra's bassoonist, Antal Mojzer,
asked Geoff the other day if he had any "shavings on the workshop
floor" - by-products of the composing of the concertino work below
(q.v.) which might be fashioned into bassoon duets for Antal to
pay with his bassoonist son Aron. Geoff looked on the floor and
found some bits and pieces which are apparently fitting the bill
very nicely. "Waste not want not"??
has received a commission to write a 25-minute long concertino
work for solo cello and wind instruments. The work will be premièred
in Rovaniemi in northern Finland in Spring 2016. The soloist will
be the Finnish cellist Lauri Angervo, and he will be partnered
by members of The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, who were visitors
to the 2014 BBC Proms. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/music/news/6998/
were greatly saddened by the tragic death at the end of 2014 of
the poet Anne Cluysenaar. Anne and Geoff worked together on several
songs cycles, beginning in 1991 with If Mind Remember. Anne also
provided the libretto for the one act opera Esther. At the time
of her death we were half way through working on some settings
of Anne's recent Diary Poems. The six songs that were finished
at the time of her murder will be performed in the near future
by Frauke Jurgensen (soprano) and Geoff Palmer (cello) - details
soon. Our hearts go out to Walt. http://vaughanassociation.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/in-memoriam-anne-cluysenaar.html
premières of new string quartets by Christopher Fox and Geoff
Palmer were performed by the Edinburgh Quartet at King's College
Chapel, University of Aberdeen on 26th October 2013. Palmer's
quartet, his fifth in the medium, develops work achieved in previous
quartets whereby atmosphere and colour are created through the
combination of traditional and microtonal techniques. Review
in progress includes the complete revision and rewriting of Palmer's
Violin Concerto. This work previously received partial performances
in the late 1990s by Ruth Palmer, the composer's daughter, at
the University of Bristol and the Royal Academy of Music, and
the new revision is for the same soloist.
recent Toronto performances:
Imajishi performed Reconciliation
on 12 March 2010.
Aitken, with the New Music Concerts Ensemble, performed Cancri
55 on 6th March 2011.
Ensemble performed Palmer's Chiaroscuro I as part of Arraymusic's
"Small Wonders" concerts on November 9th and 10th 2013. The piece,
for violin, piano and two percussionists, has as its starting
and finishing points the D minor Ciacona of J S Bach. Listen
to this work
wind quintet, Auriga, written for the wind soloists of the Lapland
Chamber Orchestra, received acclaimed performances in November
2011 in Kings' College Chapel, Aberdeen (read review),
with four subsequent performances in Finland and Slovenia in 2011/12.