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Delian Society Projects

Le Horla - music for bassoon, violin and piano to accompany readings from Maupassant’s novel Le Horla.  Each composer took a quote from the novel to illustrate in music.

This is due for performance in 2011; meanwhile there are electronic previews on the page.

Le Horla

Les Cloches de Rouen

from the Le Horla project

Project My contribution Les Cloches de Rouen

Dialogs with the Muses

and “Answers to Dvorak’s question

(Ye New Music Fayre for 2010)

New Music Fayre 2010

Thalia’s Rag

From Dialogs with the Muses

Thalia's Rag

Variations on a Haitian Lullaby

Music for guitar and flute performed by the Serenade Duo, all proceeds to go to earthquake victims relief in Haiti.

(Delian Suite No 6 - 2010)

Variations on a Haitian lullaby

Dodo Titite and

Dansons mais sans Oublier

From Variations on a Haitian lullaby

Dodo Titite and Dansons mais sans oublier 2010 2009

Variations concertantes sur le nom de Paul Verlaine

For bassoon and strings

Performed by Franck LeBlois and the Octava Chamber Orchestra (Seattle)

(Delian Suite No 5)

La Fée Verte

From Variations concertantes sur le nom de Paul Verlaine

Variations concertantes sur le nom de Paul Verlaine

Videos of the concert of this project

La Fée Verte 2008

Bosch!

(Delian Suite No 4)

Music for basson and other instruments, illustrating the art of Hieronymus Bosch

forming part of the Fou du Basson festival in Angoulême

Bosch!

La Chute des Anges Rebelles

from “Bosch!”

La chute des anges rebelles 2007

“The Virtues”

(Delian Suite no 3)

Music for flute and guitar

and music for voices

(performed by the Serenade Duo and by the dwsChorale* respectively)

*Note:

Compositions in this suite written by other composers, which I sang as the dwsChorale are listed here: “The Virtues”

It was a lover and his lass

and


Pax Eiscum


From the Delian Suite “The Virtues

Pax Eiscum

The Virtual New Music Garden Folly

The Virtual New Music Garden Folly

La tristesse des Boulingrins

From the Virtual New Music Garden Folly

La Tristesse des Boulingrins 2006

Spooks, Spirits and Sprites

(Delian suite No 2)

The door

From Delian suite No 2

Delian Suite No 2

*Note:

Compositions in this suite written by other composers, which I sang for them the are listed here: “Deliancollabs”

The Door

Space Gas

(NuMusic Unlimited 2006)

Space Gas Twinkle Pluto, planet no more

Twinkle Pluto, planet no more

From Space Gas

2004 and before

The Colors of Peace


The Colors of Peace 2005

Delian Suite No 1

Postcards of special places

Postcards of special places

Postcard from St Ann’s Square

From Delian Suite No 1

Postcard from St Ann's Square

Nocturne from string quintet “Sweet Suite”

Hymn for the Standing Buddhas of Bamiyan

Hymn for the Standing Buddhas of Bamiyan

Variation for voice and guitar

Variation

Variations on “The Westron Wynde”

Written for James Pellerite

North American Native flute player

“Celebration” from the Westron Wynde Project

New Music Fayre 2009


Susatophone

From New Music Fayre 2009

Susatophone New Music Fayre 2009

Nu-Music Unlimited 2009

In search of lost time

(music to old films)

Fire Dash

From Nu-Music Unlimited 2009

Fire Dash In search of lost time

Molly Childers’ interview with Joe Dillon Ford on the Delian Society.

All 11 scores (free downloads) of the Dodo Titite suite

2012 The Robin Hood Suite

Robin Hood Suite webpage

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2014-2016 Delian Suite No 8 “Letters to Eternity”

This project was started in 2014 (the tenth anniversary of the Delian Society Suites) and the world premiere was performed on 30 January 2016

by the Octava Chamber Orchestra.

The concert programme can be found here


The home page for the suite is here


My part in “Letters to Eternity” was “Bunny Rabbits”

This "letter" to my grandmother is a recollection of her final years in the 1970s.

She suffered from Parkinsons and became very frustrated with the fact that her body simply didn't follow the commands of her brain. But she was always a very polite, gentle and yet determined person - others in this situation might have used swear words, but, when she found herself immobilised, my gran would simply shout "Bunny Rabbits!".

This would make us laugh and she would laugh along with us.

The frustration is represented in the music by the Delians melodic fragment DEFGEDE (in the D Dorian mode) interrupted by the timpani, and eventually other instruments, repeating the frustrated "bunny rabbits" theme.

Finally - following her Christian beliefs, her soul goes up to an afterlife in which she is released from the frustration and the bunny rabbits, who have a final grumble on brass and timpani and give way to an ethereal minor chord with a major sixth, as suggested by the Dorian mode.

The mp3 of the performance can be heard here

The score (in Tabloid format) can be found here.

The score and parts (in A4 format) can be found here

                                                                    Video of Bunny Rabbits: