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  • Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano
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    Derek Bourgeois

    Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano

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    Instrument: score and parts
    Grade: professional
    Catalogue No: 3701
    ISMN No: 9790570278411

    Derek Bourgeois wrote his Horn Trio during the spring of 1981. It was commissioned by the Deakin Horn Trio. It is an overtly romantic work in sharp contradistinction to the composer’s 5th Symphony which immediately preceded it, a work that is rather severe by comparison. In the Horn Trio Derek Bourgeois has placed emphasis on melodic writing throughout, writing actual singable tunes as the thematic basis for all three movements. Nevertheless the spirit of unease, which pervades our contemporary life. lies brooding beneath the surface, constantly threatening to destroy the outward veneer of calm and joy. Technically the work is a tour de force for all three soloists, presenting many problems of ensemble and finesse as well as the more obvious bravura.
    Derek Bourgeois
    Derek Bourgeois was born in Kingston on Thames in 1941. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in music, and a subsequent Doctorate. He spent two years at the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult.

    He has composed seventeen symphonies, twelve concertos, several other extended orchestral works, seven major works for chorus and orchestra, two operas and a musical. As well as a considerable quantity of chamber, vocal and instrumental music, he has composed twelve extended works for Brass Band and five symphonies for Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has also written a considerable amount of music for television productions.

    He has written four works specifically about Mallorca: Symphony No 8 - "The Mountains of Mallorca", Symphony No 16 - "Songs of Mallorca", which is a setting for Soprano and Orchestra of four Poems by Miquel Costa I Llobera. A Symphonic Suite in four movements for Wind Band called simply "Mallorca", and a piece called "Felanitx Fantasy" for the Felanitx Band, of which he conductor elect.

    From 1970 to 1984 he was a Lecturer in Music at Bristol University. He was the conductor of the Sun Life Band from 1980 until 1983, and during the same period was Chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, and a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts Council.

    In September 1984 he gave up his university post to become the Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 1988 he founded the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain which held its first course in the Summer of 1989. In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra.

    He left the National Youth Orchestra in August 1993 to become the Director of Music of St Paul's Girls' School in London. He retired to Mallorca in July 2002 where he now lives as a full-time composer.

    Derek Bourgeois died in September 2017.

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