The bassoon is an awkward, athletic, melancholy, rambunctious instrument!
There aren’t many solo pieces for it – so I’ve just written this.
Another New Year,
Another fresh look at your life:
A change of career?
Perhaps a new husband or wife?
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These SATB settings are of four vivid poems by Mervyn Peake. They alternate between the nonsensical and the heartbreakingly tragic.
1. ‘O Love!, O Death!, O Ecstasy!’
2. ‘And I Thought You Beside Me’
3. ‘The Trouble with Geraniums’
4. ‘Out of the Chaos of my Doubt’
Score available from me https://johnhawkinsmusic.co.uk/contact/
In 1991, director Wilf Judd at Covent Garden developed a wonderfully imaginative scheme (The Garden Venture) to commission short chamber operas. Mine, titled ‘Echoes‘, had a brilliant libretto by Anne Harris whose skills – developed writing for television – were perfect for opera. I’ve just revised the music and the score is now available from me in PDF.
I wrote ’Crossings’ for viola and guitar this year for violist Patricia McCarty and guitarist Bill Zito. Their first, video, performance was streamed online from the InterHarmony International Music Festival:
The concert is posted on the festival’s YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPCM2S3TJUk
Crossings is at about 55 mins into the video.
John Hawkins studied composition with Malcolm Williamson and Elisabeth Lutyens. He has written a wide range of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral pieces, which have been performed worldwide.