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Orchestral Works

Symphonies

Concertos

For String Orchestra

Other Orchestral Works

Symphonies

Symphony No.1, 'Sinfonia Brevis', Op.2

Composed   1985
Duration (approx)   17 minutes
Parts  

0200/ 2000/ str

Recording   Symphony No.1 & 3, Horn Concerto -- Dutton Vocalion: CDLX 7178
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by The Purcell Orchestra.

First performance   17th May 1985
Venue   St. Paul's, Covent Garden, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   The Purcell Orchestra
Conductor   Robin Page

…a single-movement canvas of uncommon skill and purposefulness and fluency for one so tender in years

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, May 2007

Symphonic writing has been a mainstay of Taylor’s output and his First Symphony (1985) displays a telling symphonic logic within its single-movement dimensions…

Sinfonia Brevis successfully integrates its relative extremes of motion into an organic and inevitable whole: something not necessarily to be expected from a composer just into his twenties and which this performance captures in full measure.

Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, Jan 2007

Symphony No.2, Op.10

Composed   1991, revised 1997 & 2008
Duration (approx)   37 minutes
Parts  

3d3 2d1 2 2+1/ 4331/ timp 3perc pnodcel str

Recording   Symphony No.2, Viola Concerto -- Toccata Classics: TOCC 0175
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned privately by Prof. Ian Craft.

First performance   22nd January 2009
Venue   Recorded at Maida Vale Studios, London. Transmitted on 4th April 2009.
Orchestra / Ensemble   BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor   Garry Walker

An exceedingly powerful piece - tough, cogent, persuasive, compelling...

Robin Holloway, May 2009

For proof that the Symphony is alive and well look no further than the Second Symphony of Matthew Taylor, a magnificently integrated utterance firmly in the lineage of Simpson, Nielsen and Tippett. Believe me the music is that good...

Gramophone, October 2014

If the enthusiastic response by audience and orchestra of the premiere of Matthew Taylor's Second Symphony is anything to go by then there is a future for contemporary music in this country...

Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source, February 2009

Symphony No.3, Op.33

Composed   2004
Duration (approx)   26 minutes
Parts  

2d2 2d1 2d1(Eb) 2/ 3200 timpdperc, str

Recording   Symphony No.1 & 3, Horn Concerto -- Dutton Vocalion: CDLX 7178
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Written as part of Taylor's residency with Sound Collective.

First performance   7th January 2005
Venue   St. John's Smith Square, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Sound Collective
Conductor   Tom Hammond

Taylor writes with considerable inventive flair, economy of thought and wit. Above all this is a resourceful and personable voice that never fails to communicate...

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, May 2007

Symphony No.4, Op.54

Composed   2015-2016
Duration (approx)   25 minutes
Parts  

3332 4331 harp , piano doubling celesta, timpani, 3 percussionists, strings

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Arts Council England.

First performance   15th May 2017
Venue   Barbican Centre, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Conductor   Russell Keable
Notes  

Dedicated to Monica McCabe of her late husband, great friend and fellow symphonist John this symphony is a large one movement work which falls into three parts . The first starts with a vigorous sweep of energy which gradually broadens and intensifies before easing into an expansive often inwardly expressive slow movement. The final part acknowledges the influence of Haydn and Prokofiev and culminates in a return of the opening music, this time enforced with two pairs of timpani, part of an inextinguishable tradition when composing fourth symphonies. But despite the upheavals and tensions in the work , it is a predominantly amiable work I think it is my friendliest symphony yet.

Concertos

Clarinet Concerto, Op.20

Composed   1996
Duration (approx)   23 minutes
Parts  

Solo clt. and orch: 1d1 2d1 0 2/ 2000/ timpdperc (1 player), str

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Written for Emma Johnson.

First performance   19th June 1999
Venue   Hingham Church, Norfolk
Orchestra / Ensemble   City of London Sinfonia
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / Players   Emma Johnson, clarinet
Notes  

London premiere at Blackheath Halls, 2nd July 1999.

Double Bass Concerto, Op.31

Composed   2003
Duration (approx)   19 minutes
Parts  

D-b solo and a) string orch (tutti db ad lib) or b) soli 3 3 2 2 [1 db (ad lib)]

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by The Guildhall Strings.

First performance   25th May 2005
Venue   Brighton Festival
Orchestra / Ensemble   The Guildhall Strings
Soloists / Players   Christopher West, double bass

Flute Concerto, Op.49

Composed   2014
Duration (approx)   22 minutes
Parts  

2 2 2 2 4 2 0 0 timpani, celesta, clashed cymbals, roto toms, strings

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by Sinfonia Tamesa for Matthew's 50th birthday with funds provided by RVW Trust and private donations.

First performance   6th December 2014
Venue   Blackheath Halls, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Sinfonia Tamesa
Conductor   Tom Hammond
Soloists / Players   Daniel Pailthorpe, flute

Horn Concerto, Op.23

Composed   1999, revised 2004
Duration (approx)   18 minutes
Parts  

Strings - 33221 (players) min

Recording   Symphony No.1 & 3, Horn Concerto -- Dutton Vocalion: CDLX 7178
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned, with funds from Yorkshire Arts, by Ryedale Festival.

First performance   22nd July 1999
Venue   Helmsley
Orchestra / Ensemble   Goldberg Ensemble
Conductor   Malcolm Layfield, director
Soloists / Players   Richard Watkins, horn
Notes  

London premiere by Adam Walters (horn) and Sound Collective conducted by Tom Hammond at St. Giles, Cripplegate, Barbican on 9th January 2004.

The result is surely the finest British horn concerto of recent decades and a pleasurable listen in its own right.

Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, Jan 2007

Piano Concerto, Op.13

Composed   1992
Duration (approx)   32 minutes
Parts  

2d2 2d1 2 2/ 4200/ timp, str

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by the Malvern Festival.

First performance   23rd May 1993
Venue   Malvern Festival
Orchestra / Ensemble   The Goldberg Chamber Orchestra
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / Players   Martin Roscoe, piano

Viola Concerto (Humoreskes), Op.41

Composed   2010
Duration (approx)   21 minutes
Parts  

Solo viola, flute doubling piccolo, oboe, cor anglais, 2 bassons, 2 horns, timpani and strings.

Recording   Symphony No.2, Viola Concerto -- Toccata Classics: TOCC 0175
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by Keith Stanley.

First performance   2nd July 2011
Venue   St. John's Church Waterloo, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Sinfonia Tamesa
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / Players   Sarah Jane Bradley (viola)

Violin Concertino, Op.52

Composed   2016
Duration (approx)   10 minutes
Parts  

Violin and strings

Publisher   Unpublished
Commission  

Commissioned by St Mary Magdalene Society.

First performance   14th May 2016
Venue   St Mary Magdalene Church, Little Venice, London, W2
Orchestra / Ensemble   Sussex House Soloists Orchestra
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / Players   James Murray (violin)

Violin Concerto, Op.42

Composed   2010-2011
Duration (approx)   23 minutes
Parts  

Solo violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, harp, mandoline, timpani doibling tam-tam.

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by the Boltini Trust.

First performance   2nd March 2013
Venue   Capella Hall, St Petersburg, Russia
Orchestra / Ensemble   St Petersburg Capella Orchestra
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / Players   Efi Christodoulou

For String Orchestra

Adagio

Composed   1998
Duration (approx)   6 minutes
Publisher   Peters Edition
First performance   4th November 1998
Venue   Carpenter's Hall, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Orchestre d'Occasion
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Notes  

Arrangement of the original quartet.

Related works   Adagio - Tribute to R.S., Op.28

Lento, Op.3

Composed   1988, revised 1992
Duration (approx)   8 minutes
Parts  

String orchestra

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Written for Thames Sinfonia.

First performance   3rd July 1988
Venue   St James, Piccadilly, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   Thames Sinfonia
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Notes  

Revised premiere with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Landor, at St John's Smith Square on 14th November 1993.

Pastorals, Op.32a

Composed   2014
Duration (approx)   13 minutes
Parts  

String orchestra

Publisher   Unpublished
Commission  

Commissioned by Presteigne Festival

First performance   1st September 2015
Venue   St Andrews Church, Presteigne
Orchestra / Ensemble   Presteigne Festival Orchestra
Conductor   George Vass
Soloists / Players   Fenella Humphreys, violin
Notes  

This piece is a thorough revision and orchestration for strings of Pastorals Op.32 for violin and piano.

Related works   Pastorals, Op.32

Romanza, Op.36b

Composed   2006
Duration (approx)   5-6 minutes
Parts  

String Orchestra or quartet

Publisher   Peters Edition
First performance   28th February 2007
Venue   St. Andrew's, Holborn, London
Orchestra / Ensemble   City of London Sinfonia
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Notes  

Alternatively arrangement for quartet.

Related works   Romanza
String Quartet No.6, Op.36

Variations on a theme of Reger, Op.45

Composed   2011-2012
Duration (approx)   16 minutes
Parts  

String orchestra

Publisher   Unpublished
Commission  

Commissioned by Presteigne Festival.

First performance   25th August 2012
Venue   St Andrews Church, Presteigne
Orchestra / Ensemble   Presteigne Festival Orchestra
Conductor   George Vass

Other Orchestral Works

In Spring, Op.4

Composed   1989
Duration (approx)   17 minutes
Parts  

Orch. 3d1 2 2 2/ 4231/ timp, 1 perc, str

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned, with funds from West Midlands Arts, by Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

First performance   22nd February 1991
Venue   Birmingham Town Hall
Orchestra / Ensemble   Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor   Robin Page
Notes  

London premiere with the Thames Sinfonia, conducted by Robin Page, at St John's Smith Square on 1st March 1991.

Storr, Op.43

Composed   2011
Duration (approx)   13 minutes
Parts  

3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarintes, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani doubling suspnede cymbal, 1 percussionist platying tamtam bass drum and clashed cymbals.

Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by PRS Foundation and the RVW Trust.

First performance   3rd March 2012
Venue   Christ Church, Chelmsford, Essex
Orchestra / Ensemble   Essex Symphony Orchestra
Conductor   Tom Hammond

The Needles, Op.26

Composed   2000
Duration (approx)   7-8 minutes
Parts  

2d1 2 2 2/ 2200/ timp, perc, pno, str

Recording   White Line British Light Overtures Volume 3 -- Academy Sound & Vision Ltd (AS&V): CDWHL2140
Publisher   Peters Edition
Commission  

Commissioned by the London School of Economics Music Society.

First performance   28th January 2001
Venue   Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Orchestra / Ensemble   Penshurst Sinfonia
Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Notes  

London premiere with the LSE Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tom Hammond, at the Shaw Theatre, LSE, on 3rd December 2001.

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