Edward Top   composer

 

compositions

Edward’s music at Donemus

Family Songs

For soprano and chamber orchestra: 112[b.cl.]1/1000/1perc./hp/str (43221)

Four songs

text by Martinus Nijhoff, Hanny Michaelis, Edward Top

Duration: 19’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Robyn Driedger Klassen, Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey; Orpheum Annex Vancouver, Canada; 23 February, 2014


Fugue States

Concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra:

Saxophone quartet solo [sx sop., sx alt., sx tn., sx bar.]/ 3[3pic]3[3ca]3[3bcl]3[3cbn]/4331/T/2perc/hp/pno/str

Duration: 25’

Year of composition: 2013

Composed for the Rascher Saxophone Quartet and the Vancouver Symphony for the inaugural Vancouver Symphony New Music Festival 2014 during tenure as Composer-in-Residence.

Premiere: Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey; Orpheum Vancouver, Canada; 20 January, 2014


My Skeletonized Portrait


Violin Solo and orchestra: 3[3pic]3[3ca]3[3bcl]3[3cbn]/4231/T/3perc/hp/cel/str

Duration: 10’

Year of composition: 2011

Premiere: Duccio Ceccanti - violin, José Ramon Encinar – conductor, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy; 2 August, 2012

Prize: Third Prize, 2 Agosto Composition Competition, 2012


Witte Wieven - Concerto for Violin and Two Orchestras



Violin Solo/ Orchestra I: 2picc(doubl.fl), 2ob, bcl(doubl.cl), cbn(doubl.bn), 2tp, 3tbn,btb, perc-3pl., hp, pno (doubl.syn), str.(64434)/ Orchestra II: cl, bn, 4 hn, str. (44220)

Duration: 21’

Year of composition: 2007

Commissioned by Holland Symfonia

Written for my brother Tjeerd Top

Premiere: Tjeerd Top – violin, Fabrice Bollon – conductor, Holland Symfonia, Filharmonie Haarlem, Netherlands; 9 December 2007

Score available at donemus.nl

Totem

3[3pic] 3[3ca] 3[3bcl] 3[3cbn] 4331 timp+4perc[drmkit] hp cel str

Duration: 12’

Year of composition: 2012

Commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence for a 2013 US tour

Premiere: Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey, Orpheum Vancouver, Canada, 19 January, 2013

Prize: Third Prize in the 2013 Val Tidone "Egidio Carella" Composition Competition, Italy


Masquerade

3[2fl,1pic]23[2cl,1bcl]3[2bn,1 cbn]/4231/T/3perc/hp/str

Duration: 9’

Year of composition: 2011

Commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey, Orpheum Vancouver, Canada, 3 December, 2011


Vraimed

2222 2sax 2110 1perc (drums) bass guit. strings (76543)

Duration: 7'

Year of composition: 2008

Commissioned by Ricciotti Ensemble

Premiere: Dutch tour autumn 2008

[withdrawn]


Marble Sparks

2222 2210 timp perc hp str (65432)

Duration: 10’

Year of composition: 2004

Premiere: Netherlands Kamerfilharmonie, Peter Eötvös, Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Vredenburg Utrecht, December, 2004

Prize: First Prize Henriëtte Bosmans Prize

[withdrawn]


Why elsewhere?



2[pic]2[eh]22 2210 perc str

Duration: 8'

Year of composition: 2002

Premiere: Netherlands Kamerfilharmonie, Peter Eötvös, Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Vredenburg Utrecht, December, 2002

score available at donemus.nl


Symphony: Golden Dragon



3333 4431 timp 3perc hp pf(cel) str(14121086)

Duration: 16'

Year of composition: 2000; rev. 2001  

Premiere: Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, Peter Rundel; Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2002

score available at donemus.nl

RECORDING

Order CD Doelen Quartet Etcetera (KTC 1339)

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS


orchestra

orchestra with soloist

Family Songs

For soprano and chamber orchestra: 112[b.cl.]1/1000/1perc./hp/str (43221)

Four songs

text by Martinus Nijhoff, Michael Ondaatje, Hanny Michaelis, Edward Top

Duration: 19’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Robyn Driedger Klassen, Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey; Orpheum Annex Vancouver, Canada; 23 February, 2014


Songs of an Egyptian Princess

for soprano and orchestra: 2[1pic]011/1211/T/2perc/hp/str (43221)

In four movements

text by Tom Cone

Duration: 20’

Year of composition: 2012

Commissioned by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Stephanie Domingues, Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey; Orpheum Annex Vancouver, Canada; 21 April, 2012


Love Thy Neighbor

a capella opera for four singers SMTB

libretto by Tom Cone

Duration: 10’

Year of composition: 2011

Premiere: Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 27 September 2011 (home concert Opera Project at Tom Cone’s residence, 28 May, 2011)


aliquid stat pro aliquo



for vocal quartet and electronic tape

Year of composition: 2008

Duration: 9'

Commissioned by Romain Bischoff and Vocal LAB

Premiere: Gaudeamus Festival Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Netherlands, September 2008

Prize: Toonzetters 2008 Competition; Winner category 6 players or less Netherlands

Score available at donemus.nl


Hammer Cantate

for vocal quartet, choir and string trio

Text: Friedrich Nietzsche

Duration: 17'

Year of composition: 2006

Score available at donemus.nl

[withdrawn]


De Drie Gouden Haren van de Duivel (The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs)

for children's choir, narrator and ensemble: 0011 0110 1perc 10001

Duration: 14'

Year of composition: 2004

Commissioned by Doelen Ensemble

Premiere: Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Vredenburg Utrecht, December, 2004


Lied der Schwermuth: String Quartet no 2

for string quartet and bass-baritone

1 mvt


9 mvt


10 mvt


11 mvt

Text: Friedrich Nietzsche

Duration: 22'

Year of composition: 2003

Written for the Doelen String Quartet

Premiere: Doelen String Quartet and Martijn Sanders; Institut Néerlandais, Paris; 4 March 2004

score available at donemus.nl


Paradise Heaven

for baritone, mixed choir and ensemble

Text: G. Herbert (8')

Duration: 8’

Year of composition: 1996

[withdrawn]


The Overwhelming Blankness of the Ultimate Meaninglessness of Tragedy

for two ensembles 1111 1110 perc vibr hp pf 2vl vla vc cb, soprano and actor.

Text: Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Amnesty International

Duration: 20'

Year of composition: 1996

score available at donemus.nl

vocal music

Tour pour tous?

for soprano, tenor, oboe, bassoon, vibraphone, marimba, and violin

libretto: J-Gro & CC Love

Duration: 4’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Fast Opera Productions (FOP)

Premiere: Brava Television/Online, Netherlands; 5 July, 2013


Erfopvolging

for soprano, mezzosoprano, tenor, baritone, oboe, bassoon and violin

text: Marijke Schermer

Duration: 4’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Fast Opera Productions (FOP)

Premiere: Brava Television/Online, Netherlands; 5 April, 2013


Songs of an Egyptian Princess

for soprano and orchestra: 2[1pic]011/1211/T/2perc/hp/str (43221)

In four movements

Text: Tom Cone

Duration: 20’

Year of composition: 2012

Commissioned by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Stephanie Domingues, Vancouver Symphony, Bramwell Tovey; Orpheum Annex Vancouver, Canada; 21 April, 2012


Love Thy Neighbor

a capella opera for four singers SMTB

libretto: Tom Cone

Duration: 10’

Year of composition: 2011

Premiere: Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 27 September 2011 (home concert Opera Project at Tom Cone’s residence, 28 May, 2011)


Jimmy

Children’s opera

for six wind instruments and four vocalists: flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn/ mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone, bass


Prologue:


Lied van Patrick:

Libretto: Edward van de Vendel

Duration: 60’

Year of composition: 2007

Commissioned by Wervelwind Ensemble

Premiere: Dutch Chamber Opera Festival Zwolle; 2007

Score available at donemus.nl


The Overwhelming Blankness of the Ultimate Meaninglessness of Tragedy

for two ensembles 1111 1110 perc vibr hp pf 2vl vla vc cb, soprano and actor.

Words: Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Amnesty International

Duration: 20'

Year of composition: 1996

score available at donemus.nl

opera & music theatre

Riff

For wind ensemble, 13 players: 222*[+bcl.]2*[+cbn] 2111

Duration 9’

Year of composition: 2014

Commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra during tenure as Composer-in-Residence

Premiere: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey conductor, Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, Canada, 27 April 2014


Pots ‘n Pans Falling



for six amplified instrumentalists and recorded child violinist

Duration: 14’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Acoustic Panel Vancouver and Standing Wave Ensemble

Premiere: The Cultch Vancouver, 21 April, 2013


Silk Execution II

for horn, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussion players, harp and piano

Duration: 13'

Year of composition: 1999-2013

Premiere of version II: Vancouver Symphony, Gordon Gerrard conductor, Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, Canada, 20 April 2013 (October 1999 version I)


AS8 Earthrise



for cello solo and 8 flutes

Duration: 13’

Year of composition: 2012

Commissioned by Red Shift Vancouver and Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal

Premiere: Ensemble de Flûtes Alizé (ECM+) Véronique Lacroix conductor, Salle de concert du Conservatoire, Montréal, Canada,12 February, 2013


Cartesian Theatre

for large ensemble

Duration: 14'

Year of composition: 2009

Commissioned by the Birmingham Conservatoire

Premiere: Birmingham Conservatoire, UK 2009

Prize: first prize 2007 New Millennium Composition Competition, UK

[withdrawn]


Most beautiful Bird of Paradise

for large ensemble

Duration: 10'

Year of composition: 2003

Commissioned by the Schoenberg Ensemble

Premiere: Paradiso Amsterdam, 2003

score available at donemus.nl


Red Thirst

for ensemble

Duration: 16'

Year of composition: 2002

Commissioned by Ensemble Domestica Rotterdam

Premiere: Lantaarn/Venster Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2002

[withdrawn]


Wie hoger klimt (Who climbs higher)

for whistler and ensemble trp pf 2vl vla vc

Duration: 8'

Year of composition: 2002

Premiere: Het Hof, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2002


Silk Execution



for 5 trombones, 3 percussion players, harp and piano (13')

Duration: 13'

Year of composition: 1999

Premiere: Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands, October 1999


God liet toe dat ik lachte (God Allowed me to Smile)

for ensemble

Duration: 15'

Year of composition: 1997

Premiere: Hal 4, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[withdrawn]


Orange Car Crash Ten Times

for mixed ensemble fl cl-b h trp trb 2perc pf vl

Duration: 7'

Year of composition: 1993

Premiere: Willem Pijper Zaal, Rotterdam Conservatory, 1993

ensemble

AS8 Earthrise



for cello solo and 8 flutes

Duration: 13’

Year of composition: 2012

Commissioned by Red Shift Vancouver and Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal

Premiere: Ensemble de Flûtes Alizé (ECM+) Véronique Lacroix conductor, Salle de concert du Conservatoire, Montréal, Canada,12 February, 2013


34: Concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Orchestra

fl sax-s 2sax-br h 3trp 2trb trb-b perc g-b pf el.g-solo

Duration: 15'

Year of composition: 2006

Written for Wiek Hijmans

Score available at donemus.nl


Wie hoger klimt (Who climbs higher)

for whistler and ensemble trp pf 2vl vla vc

Duration: 8'

Year of composition: 2002

Premiere: Het Hof, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2002


The Overwhelming Blankness of the Ultimate Meaninglessness of Tragedy

                    

                     fragment

for two ensembles 1111 1110 perc vibr hp pf 2vl vla vc cb, soprano and actor.

Words: Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Amnesty International

Duration: 20'

Year of composition: 1996

score available at donemus.nl

ensemble with soloist

chamber music

Pots ‘n Pans Falling



for six amplified instrumentalists and recorded child violinist

Duration: 14’

Year of composition: 2013

Commissioned by Acoustic Panel Vancouver and Standing Wave Ensemble

Premiere: The Cultch Vancouver, 21 April, 2013


aliquid stat pro aliquo



for vocal quartet and electronic tape

Year of composition: 2008

Duration: 9'

Commissioned by Romain Bischoff and Vocal LAB

Premiere: Gaudeamus Festival Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Netherlands, September 2008

Prize: Toonzetters 2008 Competition; Winner category 6 players or less Netherlands

Score available at donemus.nl


From the Abdomen

for electronic tape

In four movements








Duration: 7’

Year of composition: 2002

Premiere: King’s College London, UK, 2007

electronic music

solo

Hit



for percussion set-up

Year of composition: 2000

Duration: 7'

Premiere: Tromp Percussion Festival Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2000.

Score available at donemus.nl


Sonata



for piano solo in four movements

Year of composition: 1997

Duration: 10'

Premiere: King’s College London, UK, 2007.

Score available at donemus.nl


2 players

Lamentation

for erhu and piano with recorded samples

Year of composition: 2014

Duration: 5'

Commissioned by Corey Hamm and Nicole Li for PEP (Piano & Erhu Project)

Premiere: Heritage Hall, Vancouver, Canada. Modulus Festival, Oct.27, 2014


Bound by Bach



for piccolo and harpsichord

Year of composition: 2012

Duration: 5’

Commissioned by Mark McGregor and Christopher Bagan

Premiere: Music on Main at The Cellar, Vancouver, Canada, March 2012


Sonata for Violin and Piano in four movements

1 mvt


4 mvt


Year of composition: 2001

Duration: 16'

Commissioned by Tjeerd Top

Premiere: Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2003

Score available at donemus.nl


Double Smooth Disaster

for two vibraphones

Year of composition: 1996

Duration: 14'

Commissioned by Eduardo Leandro

Premiere: Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands, 1996

Score available at donemus.nl


The Stillpoint for violin and vibraphone in four movements

2 mvt a


2 mvt b


Year of composition: 1995

Duration: 13'

Premiere: IJsbreker, Amsterdam, May 1995

Score available at donemus.nl


3 players

Wie dieper graaft (Who digs deeper)

for oboe, harp and percussion

Year of composition: 2000

Duration: 4'

Released on CD ‘Captured images’, Beta Imaginations, Rotterdam 2000


... and he wept bitterly pianotrio for violin, cello and piano


1 mvt


2 mvt                       fragment


3 mvt

Year of composition: 2001

Duration: 18'

Commissioned by the Doelen Ensemble

Premiere: De Doelen Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2001

Score available at donemus.nl


Clarinet Trio

for clarinet in B-flat, piano and violin

Year of composition: 1992

Duration: 6'

Premiere: Willem Pijper Zaal, Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands, 1992


4 players

Haywain

for saxophone quartet



Year of composition: 2012

Duration: 15’

Commissioned by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet

Premiere: November Music Festival, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 10 Nov. 2012


A Storm is Blowing from Utopia

for piccolo, vibraphone, piano and contrabass

In four movements

Year of composition: 2011

Duration: 21’

Commissioned by the Doelen Ensemble

Premiere: De Doelen Rotterdam, Netherlands, 17 March 2011

Score available at donemus.nl


aliquid stat pro aliquo



for vocal quartet and electronic tape

Year of composition: 2008

Duration: 9'

Commissioned by Romain Bischoff and Vocal LAB

Premiere: Gaudeamus Festival Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Netherlands, September 2008

Prize: Toonzetters 2008 Competition; Winner category 6 players or less Netherlands

Score available at donemus.nl


Kwart

for flute, piano, vibraphone, and cello

Year of composition: 2006

Duration: 5’

Premiere: Kokoro Ensemble, University of Bristol, UK, January 2007


Four



for flute, piano, vibraphone, and guitar

Year of composition: 2006

Duration: 5’

Premiere: Ensemble NOISE, SoundOn Festival, Athenaeum Library La Jolla, CA, USA, June 2007.


Tetra

for soprano sax, piano, viola, and guitar

Year of composition: 2006/14

Duration: 5’


String Quartet # 1



Year of composition: 1996-98

Duration: 16’

Premiere: Doelen String Quartet, Amstelkerk Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1999

Prize: First prize Martirano Composition Award, University of Illinois, US

Score available at donemus.nl


5 players

Schietgebedjes

for reed quintet

Duration: 9'

Year of composition: 2005

Commissioned by Calefax Reed Quintet

Premiere: Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1 May 2005

score available at donemus.nl


Quintetto

for piano quintet

Duration: 17’

Year of composition: 2003

Commissioned by Amardi Quintet

Premiere: Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, Netherlands, 2003

Score available at donemus.nl

[withdrawn]


Lied der Schwermuth String Quartet no 2

for string quartet and bass-baritone.

1 mvt


9 mvt


10 mvt


11 mvt

Text: Friedrich Nietzsche

Duration: 22'

Year of composition: 2002

Commissioned by Doelen String Quartet

Premiere: De Doelen Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2003

score available at donemus.nl