Saturday 9 January 2010

Latest Press release - Spherical Editions

Latest publications of music by Robert Hugill

We are pleased to announce the latest additions to our catalogue of music by Robert Hugill. Included in the list are motets, anthems, an award winning song along music for piano and for chamber orchestra.

In March 2008 Robert's song He looked at me , setting a text by A.E. Houseman, came 3rd in the English Poetry and Song Society's A.E. Housman Competition. He looked at me is available in versions for tenor or baritone and piano, and is part of the Four Songs to Texts by A.E. Housman for tenor and piano.


Robert's motet Videte Miraculum was premiered by the Chapelle du Roi, conductor Alistair Dixon on Saturday 19th March 2010.

Ivan Hewett, writing on , said Robert Hugill's Videte Miraculum soared too, especially at its ending, with the three sopranos perched at a perilous altitude (to their credit, they never wavered).'

And on Seen and Heard they said 'This had a lovely opening and a simple, well considered structure, with the harmonies based in tonality but moving gradually to build up tension through dissonance. Hugill made use of parallel and contrary motion to excellent effect, and motivic sections returned to give a sense of overall coherence. He also used a wide range of textures, including unisons, octaves and polyphony in different numbers of parts. This was another well written work which deserves further performances.'

The anthem, Thou O Christ , setting words by St. Symeon the New Theologian was premiered at St. Botolph without Bishopsgate at a service celebrating St. Symeon. Also new to the catalogue are Lege mich wie ein Siegel , an unaccompanied setting of Luther's translation of 'Set me as a seal upon thine Heart' , and A New Song , an upbeat and rhythmic setting of Psalm 98.

Other works

Also new are two short piano sketches, based on two poems by Robert Browning, Two Sketches after Poems by Browning . And Concerto Piccolo reworks material from Robert's Blake setting, What Is Man? (which is included on Robert's current CD from Divine Art), to form an attractive sequence of recitatives and arias for chamber orchestra.

Full list of new works
Please contact David Hughes at Spherical Editions if you would like a review copy of the score or any of these

He Looked at me - soprano (or tenor) and piano [sph006012] - £1
Four Songs to A.E. Housman - tenor and piano [sph006511] - £3

Videte Miraculum - choir:SSAATTBB, Latin text [sph001021] - £2
Thou, O Christ - choir:SATB, English text [sph004212] - £1
A new song - choir:SATB, English text [sph004211] - £1
Lege mich wie ein Siegel - choir:SATB, German text [sph004210] - £1

Two Sketches for Piano after poems by Browning - piano solo [sph007514] - £1
Concerto Piccolo - Chamber orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings) full score [sph007012] - £4
Individual parts (flute1, flute2, oboe1, oboe2, clarinet1, clarinet2, bassoon1, bassoon2, horn1, horn2, violin1, violin2, viola, cello and bass) £2 each.
For a set of parts, 20% discount applies.

Notes for Editors: Spherical Editions publish the full catalogue of London based classical composer Robert Hugill. The entire catalogue is available for purchase on-line, also available on the web site are audio samples and sample pdf's.

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