Composition

My work spans several disciplines: I predominantly write Contemporary Classical Music, but I regularly turn my hand to Jazz Charts, and create music for TV, Film, and Video Games.

My recent contemporary compositions have focused upon perception, meaning, implication, and expectation in music, as well as elements of interdisciplinary practice. I have made a particular exploration of the integration of ideas from contemporary jazz into the contemporary classical idiom, and means of facilitating interaction between conventional notation and computer-coded music.

In October 2020, I will begin a PhD exploring how ideas from beyond the contemporary classical idiom can be integrated into the design of new contemporary works.

If you're interested in my work, or would like to know more about my composition, click here to have a listen, or get in touch with me using the details at the bottom of the page!

 
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Selected Works

Portfolio of Work

 

Towards Oblivion (2019)

For Orchestra

A large piece for orchestra that explores processes of decay and transformation, by playing with the expectations placed upon new works within the orchestral canon.

Nothing That is Not There (2019)

For Voice and Piano

A short two-song cycle, setting Wallace Stevens' poem 'The Snow Man'.
Contains two songs:
i - One Must
ii - The Nothing That Is

Somewhere In Between
(2018)

For String Quartet

Written for a workshop with Quatuor Diotima, this work explores language from British Jazz Pianist John Taylor, reworking and reinventing harmony until it has given all it has to offer.

Apophenia
(2018)

For Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet in Bb, String Quartet, and Two Pianos

Composed for the Chimera Ensemble Undergraduate Commission 2017-18, this piece came as a response to a brief, based around a set of seemingly unrelated words and sounds. This led to me learning about 'Apophenia' - the perception of connections and meaningfulness in unrelated things.

Salpinx
(2018)

For Trumpet and Fixed Media

A short work exploring resampled and edited sound. The tape part is assembled entirely from recorded fragments of the solo trumpet line.

From North
(2017)

For 2 Clarinets, 2 Flutes, Piano, and Percussion

This work amalgamates four settings from Seamus Heaney's collection of poems, 'North'. The settings, each composed for solo voice, are reworked and re-presented by the ensemble, in order to create a work that draws upon ideas from Heaney's works, without direct intention.

Ambrosia (Film Score)
(2016)

For Digital Media

The secon of my collaborations with The Weaver Productions, this work is made up of several short atmospheric fragments, that contribute to the overall tone and mood of the film.

The Nightmare Room
(2015)

For Jazz Sextet

My first project with The Weaver Productions, this piece was written as a theme for the short film 'The Nightmare Room'. It draws upon early jazz influences from the 1920s and 30s, blending clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone with a traditional piano-bass-drums rhythm section.

©2020 by Cameron McArthur