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Christopher Marshall (1956-     )

Christopher Marshall, composerChristopher Marshall was born in Paris, France of New Zealand parents and educated in Australia and New Zealand. A self taught composer  he holds a Master of Music degree with Honours, a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College London, and a Teaching Licentiate in Piano from the same institution. In addition to his music qualifications, he holds two postgraduate qualifications in the teaching of English as a second language. Marshall’s orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber and choral music has been very widely performed and broadcast particularly in the United States and Europe. His music is accessible, idiomatically written and often exhilarating in its rhythmic ingenuity. It also places great emphasis on expressive memorable melody and frequently delights in integrating diverse stylistic elements. In 1994 Marshall was appointed to the position of Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin for two years. In 1995 he was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize. In 1996 he received a Fulbright Research enabling him to take up an 18 month composer residency at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. On his return to New Zealand he continued to build upon his overseas reputation and in August 2006 he headed for the United States where he is Composer in Residence at the University of Central Florida. Christopher Marshall’s music is published in the United States by Alliance Music, EC Schirmer and C Alan Publications and in Britain by Maecenas and has been recorded on several American and European labels. In addition he has his own desktop publishing company, Vaia’ata Print which supplies high quality computer-set editions of his music.
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COMPOSITIONS                                                            Christopher Marshall Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Intermezzo, piano (1975)
Songs of Samoa (7 songs arranged), chorus (1984)
    - Samoa Sings (4 songs), female or male chorus (1985) [selections from " Songs of Samoa"]
    - Two Samoan Folksongs (2 songs), 2-part children’s choir and piano (1986) [#s 5 & 3 from " Songs of Samoa"]
Schumannesque, cello choir (1985)
Duo Sonata, cello and percussion (1986)
Prelude and Fugue, fortepiano (1986)
The Song of Gaia, chamber orchestra (1987)
Scherzo, piano (1987)
Pastorale, male chorus, solo soprano, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and vibraphone (1987)
Intermezzo, wind quintet (1987)
Promenade, tuba and piano (1987)
Sea and Sky, bass voice and piano (1989)
To The Horizon: Images of New Zealand (12 songs), chorus (1989)
Earth Song, female chorus (1990)
The Desert Shall Blossom, chorus (1990)
The Last Ones, chorus and piano (1993)
Blood Wedding, incidental music, chamber ensemble (1993)
Consider the Lilies, chorus (1993)
Synergy, 2 flutes and piano (1993)
Flights of Fancy (8 songs), voice and piano (1994) [settings of 8 poems by New Zealand poets]
Elegy, viola (1994)
Coruscation, 3 violas (1994)
The Water of Life, chorus and organ (1994)
Fleeting Visions (4 songs), soprano and string quartet (1994) [text: Ruth Dallas]
Destinations (2 songs), bass voice, clarinet and piano (1994)
Three Aspects of Spring, violin, clarinet and piano (1995)
Kyrie Eleison: Gaia, soprano solo, chorus, piano, organ and percussion (1995)
Spring and Fall, soprano and guitar (1995)
With Love At Christmas, chorus (1995)
Souvenir, fortepiano (1995)
O What Is That Sound?, tenor, piccolo and snare drum (1995)
Eastman Overture, orchestra (1996)
Three Miniatures, cello and piano (1996)
Christmas Carols from New Zealand (2 carols), chorus (and organ) (1996)
Homage, violin and piano (1996)
La Rose, chorus w/baritone and high soprano soloists (1996)
Real Gods (2 mvts), chorus (1997)
Levavi Oculos Meos, double chorus (1998)
Canšˇ del Mar (Song of the Sea), double chorus, clarinet, bass clarinet, harp, violin, cello and double bass (1998)
New Zealand Advent Triptych (3 anthems), chorus (1998)
Chaconne,     orchestra (1998)
Bless This House!, chorus, organ, brass 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and percussion (1999)
Time Out (2 songs), tenor, viola and piano (1999)
I Hold Your Hand In Mine, chorus (1999) [arrangement of Tom Lehrer song]
Hikurangi Sunrise, orchestra (2000)
Tangi, chorus w/mezzo-soprano solo (2000)
Aue!, wind ensemble (2001)
Epitaph, male chorus (2001)
Ataata, organ (2002)
Second Thoughts, organ (2002)
Te Rerenga, orchestra (1998-2003)
L’homme armÚ: Variations, wind ensemble (2003)
Tihei Mauri Ora! (6 mvts), male chorus and clarinet (2003)
Woman Rising, violin (2003)
U Trau, 2 wind ensembles and chorus (2004)
Okaoka, wind ensemble (2004)
Wings, chorus and piano (2004)
Earthsong, orchestra and 2 choruses (2005)
O Fragile Human (5 songs), chorus (2005)
Resonance, wind ensemble (2005)
Nobody, chorus (2006)
Millennium Double (2 hymns), chorus (2006)
Renascence (3 mvts), piano and wind ensemble (2007)
Rondorlando, wind ensemble (2007)
Emily Songs (3 songs), chorus (2007)
You’ll Never Walk Alone, soprano and wind ensemble (2007) [arrangement of Rodgers song]
I’m Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica, male chorus (2008) [arrangement of Tom Lehrer song]
Dare To Hope, wind ensemble (2009)
Alas For Those Who Never Sing, male chorus (2009)
An Emily Dickinson Suite (9 miniatures), wind ensemble (2009)
High Flight, chorus and alto saxophone (2009)
Golden Carol, chorus (2009)
Orlando Lakes (3 mvts), tuba and euphonium (2009/2011)
Raptures (2 mvts), wind octet (2009)
Alafaya Suite (4 mvts), flute choir and saxophone quartet (2009)
Songs Without Words (3 mvts), string trio (2009)
Could've, Should've, Would've, baritone saxophone (2009)
Symphonic Reflections, orchestra (2010)
Reflection, guitar (2010)
This Big Moroccan Sea, chorus (2010)
Light, 13 wind instruments/wind ensemble (2010)
Birds Of A Feather, flute choir (or fl's & cl's), sax qt, marimba sextet & double bass (2011)
    [4 mvts revised and arr. from "An Emily Dickinson Suite",  for wind ensemble, 2008]
Heat Shimmer, wind ensemble/brass (2011)
FortÚnovem, 10 trumpets (2011)
Greenwood Reflection, tuba and euphonium (2011) [new mvt added to "Orlando Lakes", 2009/2011]
Lotā Nu'u (4 pieces), double a cappella chorus (SSATB) (2011) [texts: in the Samoan language]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Christopher Marshall Links     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
The Song of Gaia, chamber orchestra (1987)
Eastman Overture, orchestra (1996)
Chaconne, orchestra (1998)
Hikurangi Sunrise, orchestra (2000)
Te Rerenga, orchestra (1998-2003)
Symphonic Reflections, orchestra (2010)

Band/Wind Ensemble
Aue!, wind ensemble (2001)
L’homme armÚ: Variations, wind ensemble (2003)
U Trau, 2 wind ensembles and chorus (2004)
Okaoka, wind ensemble (2004)
Resonance, wind ensemble (2005)
Rondorlando, wind ensemble (2007)
You’ll Never Walk Alone, soprano and wind ensemble (2007) [arrangement of Rodgers song]
Dare To Hope, wind ensemble (2009)
An Emily Dickinson Suite (9 miniatures), wind ensemble (2009)
Light, 13 wind instruments/wind ensemble (2010)
Heat Shimmer, wind ensemble/brass (2011)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
Renascence (3 mvts), piano and wind ensemble (2007)

Chorus w/Orchestra or Ensemble
U Trau, 2 wind ensembles and chorus (2004)
Earthsong, orchestra and 2 choruses (2005)

Choral
Songs of Samoa (7 songs arranged), chorus (1984)
    - Okaoka La’u Honey
    - Sau La’u Teine Samoa
    - Minoi, Minoi
    - La’u Lupe
    - Pusi Nofo
    - Moemoe Pepe
    - Faleula E!
            - Samoa Sings (4 songs), female or male chorus (1985) [selections from " Songs of Samoa"]
            - Two Samoan Folksongs (2 songs), 2-part children’s choir and piano (1986) [#s 5 & 3 from " Songs of Samoa"]
Pastorale, male chorus, solo soprano, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and vibraphone (1987)
To The Horizon: Images of New Zealand (12 songs), chorus (1989)
    - Horizon I 
    - Walking On My Feet
    - Home Thoughts
    - Not By Wind Ravaged
    - Wild Honey
    - The Magpies
    - To A Friend
    - Song At Summer’s End
    - Elegy In A City Railyard
    - On The Swag
    - To L.H.B.
    - Horizon II
Earth Song, female chorus (1990)
The Desert Shall Blossom, chorus (1990)
The Last Ones, chorus and piano (1993)
Consider the Lilies, chorus (1993)
The Water of Life, chorus and organ (1994)
Kyrie Eleison: Gaia, soprano solo, chorus, piano, organ and percussion (1995)
With Love At Christmas, chorus (1995)
Christmas Carols from New Zealand (2 carols), chorus (and organ) (1996)
    - Jewel Carol
    - Summer Carol
La Rose, chorus w/baritone and high soprano soloists (1996)
Real Gods (2 songs), chorus (1997)
    - Real Gods
    - Consider The Lilies
Levavi Oculos Meos, double chorus (1998)
Canšˇ del Mar (Song of the Sea), double chorus, clarinet, bass clarinet, harp, violin, cello and double bass (1998)
New Zealand Advent Triptych (3 anthems), chorus (1998)
    - This year, this year (Bless This Child)
    - Blessed is the one
    - The light begins to shine
Bless This House!, chorus, organ, brass 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and percussion (1999)
I Hold Your Hand In Mine, chorus (1999) [arrangement of Tom Lehrer song]
Tangi, chorus w/mezzo-soprano solo (2000)
Epitaph, male chorus (2001)
Tihei Mauri Ora! (6 songs), male chorus and clarinet (2003)
    - He Karakia (Blessing)
    - He Oriori (Lullaby)
    - He Peruperu (War Chant)
    - He Waiata Tangi (Lament)
    - He Himene (Hymn)
    - He Karakia/reprise
Wings, chorus and piano (2004)
O Fragile Human (5 songs), chorus (2005)
    - And I Saw The River
    - As I Walked Along The Street
    - A Voice From Heaven
    - Reflection On Palm Sunday
    - The Spark's Farewell To Its Clay
Nobody, chorus (2006)
Millennium Double (2 hymns), chorus (2006) [2 contrasting settings of Jocelyn Marshall's "Millennium Hymn"]
Emily Songs (3 songs), chorus (2007)
    - To Hear An Oriole Sing
    - I'm Nobody
    - Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
I’m Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica, male chorus (2008) [arrangement of Tom Lehrer song]
Alas For Those Who Never Sing, male chorus (2009)
High Flight, chorus and alto saxophone (2009)
Golden Carol, chorus (2009)
This Big Moroccan Sea, chorus (2010)
Lotā Nu'u (4 pieces), double a cappella chorus (SSATB) (2011) [texts: in the Samoan language]
    - Ua Oso Le Lā
    - O Muāgagana Ma Alagāupu
    - Fa'asāsā
    - Le Mālō E Ola Ai

Chamber
Schumannesque, cello choir (1985)
Duo Sonata, cello and percussion (1986)
Intermezzo, wind quintet (1987)
Blood Wedding, incidental music, chamber ensemble (1993)
Synergy, 2 flutes and piano (1993)
Coruscation, 3 violas (1994)
Three Aspects of Spring, violin, clarinet and piano (1995)
Orlando Lakes (3 mvts), tuba and euphonium (2009/2011)
    - Eola Stroll (2009)
    - Lotus Trail (2009)
    - Greenwood Reflection (2011)
Raptures (2 mvts), wind octet (2009)
Alafaya Suite (4 mvts), flute choir and saxophone quartet (2009)
Songs Without Words (3 mvts), string trio (2009)
Birds Of A Feather, flute choir (or fl's & cl's), sax qt, marimba sextet & double bass (2011)
    [4 mvts revised and arr. from "An Emily Dickinson Suite",  for wind ensemble, 2008]
Heat Shimmer, wind ensemble/brass (2011)
FortÚnovem, 10 trumpets (2011)

Solo Instrument
Promenade, tuba and piano (1987)
Elegy, viola (1994)
Three Miniatures, cello and piano (1996)
Homage, violin and piano (1996)
Woman Rising, violin (2003)
Could've, Should've, Would've, baritone saxophone (2009)
Reflection, guitar (2010)

Piano/Organ
Intermezzo, piano (1975)
Prelude and Fugue, fortepiano (1986)
Scherzo, piano (1987)
Souvenir, fortepiano (1995)
Ataata, organ (2002)
Second Thoughts, organ (2002)

Vocal
Sea and Sky, bass voice and piano (1989)
Flights of Fancy (8 songs), voice and piano (1994) [settings of 8 poems by New Zealand poets]
    - Haiku
    - Suddenly September
    - As I walked along
    - Winged Memory
    - A Fly
    - Clear Sky
    - The Last Ones
Fleeting Visions (4 songs), soprano and string quartet (1994) [text: Ruth Dallas]
    - Boat Moored to a Willow
    - Tree on the Cliffs
    - A Fly
    - On The Plains
Destinations (2 songs), bass voice, clarinet and piano (1994) [text: Robert Louis Stevenson]
    - Landfall
    - Epitaph
Spring and Fall, soprano and guitar (1995)
O What Is That Sound?, tenor, piccolo and snare drum (1995)
Time Out (2 songs), tenor, viola and piano (1999)
    - As I Walked Along The Street [text: Janet Frame]
    - Clear Sky [text: Ruth Dallas]
You’ll Never Walk Alone, soprano and wind ensemble (2007) [arrangement of Rodgers song]

Incidental/Film
Blood Wedding, incidental music, chamber ensemble (1993)


CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Aue! by Christopher Marshall - A Guide to Rehearsal and Performance (Mark Heron)
L’homme arme - Some Performance Problems Tackled (Chris Marshall, Tim Reynish and Fraser Linklater, Univ. of Manitoba)
When Sunny Gets Broad (Ken Bullock, San Fransisco Classical Voice)

Composer's website
Christopher Marshall: Newsletters (blog)

Christopher Marshall @ Wikipedia
Christopher Marshall @ C. Alan Publications
Christopher Marshall @ ChoralNet
Christopher Marshall @ Classical Archives
Christopher Marshall @ InstantEncore
Christopher Marshall @ Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra/Young Composers Challenge
Christopher Marshall @ San Francisco Choral Arts
Christopher Marshall @ SOUNZ
Christopher Marshall @ Wind Repertory Project

Publisher
Christopher Marshall @ Vaia'ata Print (composer publication)
Christopher Marshall @ C. Alan Publications

Streaming Audio
Christopher Marshall @ Composer's website
Christopher Marshall @ Classical Archives

Recordings
Christopher Marshall @ ArkivMusic    also    here
Christopher Marshall @ ClassicsOnline

Video
Christopher Marshall @ YouTube
Individual works:
        Rondorlando
        Renascence
        Pusi Nofo (from "Songs of Samoa")
        Sau La'u Teine Samoa (from "Songs of Samoa")
        U Trau
        Minoi, Minoi (from "Songs of Samoa")    other performances:  1   2   3    4    5
Christopher Marshall @ Google Video
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