Paul Burnell

29 Mar 2015, Article
Recorder, Viol, Harpsichord trio "In the Margins"
One of my recorder compositions has recently been published by Peacock Press in the UK, via "In the Margins" is written for alto recorder, viol da gamba and harpsichord. It has six movements with a total duration of around 18 minutes. The viol part (Pardessus de viole or Treble Viol) could be played by violin. The piece was commissioned by Andrew Collis of the Stanesby Players and was first performed by that ensemble in 2014. The subtitles of the movements refer ...
05 Feb 2015, Article
Busy with keyboard pieces
I've been busy with new keyboard pieces for a forthcoming recording project this year.   So, I've uploaded a few new pieces - 'Pacer' Nos. 1,2 and 3, 'It May Been', 'Three Evancescences', and 'Three Additional Pieces'.  Some of these are flexibly scored to allow for a variety of different keyboard instruments to play the pieces, and some are also suitable for a mix of other instruments.   I've also been creating new piano recordings for existing keyboard pieces using Pianoteq ...
04 Jan 2015, Article
What are Evanescences?
The 'Three Evanescences' were uploaded before Christmas.  They are scored for keyboard(s) and/or other instruments.  The recording uploaded with the score is of piano. Evancesence is the derivative noun of evanescent, the dictionary definition of which is: passing  out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.   Each of the three pieces incorporates a 'fading away' - not necessarily  just  through a diminuendo, but structurally or melodically as ...
18 Dec 2014, Article
Sometimes the easiest-looking pieces are the hardest to perform
Matrices  by UK composer Paul Burnell was composed in 2013. At first sight this seven-movement collection of short pieces for piano, almost entirely comprised of breve chords, appears very simple.  This may be true in terms of technique, but the musicality needed to perform such music is often very subtle, complex and exposing - there is almost nothing to hide behind. Although the piece is suitable for performance by piano, other instruments may be used instead or in addition. Other ...
11 Dec 2014, Article
Does this music add up
Each of the movements of the 'Three Additional Pieces' has a simple repeating accompaniment, with a melody that adds to itself or subtracts from itself. By all means get in touch if you would like a melody part in a different transposition to that which is given This piece may be performed by a variety of instruments, and may change with each movement. For example the first movement could be performed by oboe and piano, the second movement by violin and 'cello, the third movement by violin ...
05 Dec 2014, Article
Girl With Binoculars
Last year the wonderful UK ensemble FourSight asked composers to produce short pieces inspired by pictures.   I wrote a piece inspired by an artwork by Maddy Vian that showed a young girl with a pair of binoculars.   You can judge for yourself if you think the music brings this to mind in any way! The piece is flexibly scored, but FourSight played it on violin, clarinet, marimba and piano.   Other combinations are possible...
04 Dec 2014, Article
An upside down piece?
Paul Burnell has written a number of pieces that are inspired by the works by other composers.  The latest of these to be uploaded to MusicaNeo is 'An Upended Version of Chanson Bohème' for solo instrument and/or other instruments.  The piece was written in 2014 and is just over five minutes long. The Chanson Bohème ('Les tringles des sistres tintaient') is sung by the characters Carmen,  Frasquita and Merc é d è s in act two of the opera 'Carmen' composed by Georges Bizet and ...
29 Jun 2014, Article
Three Opaques - for tenor horn in Eb and piano
The 'Three Opaques' were recently performed in London at the Schott Recital Room, with Karen Burnell playing tenor horn in Eb and Derek Foster on piano.  The three movements have a total duration of eight minutes.
20 Jun 2014, Article
Ragtime - Erwin Schulhoff, from 'Fünf Pittorestken'
Recently uploaded score and parts of an arrangement of an Erwin Schulhoff piece - the second movement of his 'Fünf Pittoresken'.  The original has a tempo marking of Zeitmass Ragtime (ragtime tempo) and shows the influence of jazz styles that was to continue throughout his career.  I thought this would arrange well for recorders, and it turned out as a sextet - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Great Bass and Contrabass.  The third movement is quite-well known as being made up of rests - in a way ...
22 Apr 2014, Article
Interview with Andrew Collis - The Stanesby Players New Music Project
Composer Paul Burnell interviews Recorder player Andrew Collis about the Stanesby Players New Music Project. Andrew, what prompted you to commission pieces for recorder, harpsichord and viol? Although there’s quite a bit of new music for solo recorder, there’s not much for our trio combination.  I wanted the pieces to be accessible for both professional and amateur players and to have some flexibility for the viol part to be played on violin or ‘cello.  I’m passionate about new music and ...
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