Paul Burnell

15 Aug 2015, Article
'Closet Music: Imaginary Soundworlds'
I will have an artwork score included in 'Closet Music: Imaginary Soundworlds'  An exhibition of art, poetry and music for aural imagination. The Proud Archivist, Haggerston, 2 – 10 Hertford Road, London N1 5SH 14 - 27 September 2015.   It's a great spot for a gallery - right next to the Regents Canal - enjoy the cafe, the exhibition and the canal boats! For more about the exhibition and the Closet Music project visit:
14 Jul 2015, Article
Piano Music album on the way
Have been spending time over the past few months working with the wonderful pianist and sound engineer James Bacon to record an album of piano music by Paul Burnell. We're about half-way through the recording process now.  We've been working remotely, with James sending me audio files, and working on comments and changes via email discussion - which has been working very well.  In August I'll be going up to James' studio in Sheffield for a few days to tweak the overall sound and to put ...
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.
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