Rodney Newton

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Rodney Stephen Newton (b. 1945) is a British composer, arranger, orchestrator and music editor.

Life[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

Rodney Newton was born in Birmingham, England and received his initial musical education at Birmingham School of Music (now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, of which he is an Honorary Member).

In 1967 he joined the BBC Training Orchestra in Bristol as a timpanist and percussionist, leaving at the end of 1969. After a short period of freelancing from the Midlands, he moved to London and, in 1974, joined the orchestra of Sadler's Wells (now English National) Opera [ENO] where he remained for eleven years, the last five as principal timpanist. During this period he began to compose prolifically in many genres and worked in music publishing in a part-time capacity, promoting the music of composers including Simon Bainbridge, Edwin Roxburgh and George Lloyd and creating the first corrected performing edition of Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

In 1985 he left ENO to work in films and television as a composer, arranger, musical director and music consultant, whilst still active as an orchestral player. Subsequently he entered the world of higher education and, from 1995 to 2000, was a member of the composition department of London College of Music where he taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For over 21 years he was Music Consultant to London Film School (of which he is an Honorary Associate). He has contributed to BBC TV and radio programmes and lectured at City University, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and the National Film Theatre. He also served on the executive committee of the Association of Professional Composers (now assimilated into the Ivors Academy) for four years.

In the late 1980s he became involved with brass and military bands and created brass band arrangements for Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass project. He was Features Editor of British Bandsman magazine from 2001 until 2010 and civilian Arranger-in-Residence with the Band of the Coldstream Guards for six years.

In 2008, he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the degrees of MA with a distinction and PhD in musical composition by Salford University in 2010 and 2014 respectively.

His catalogue includes 14 symphonies for various forces, several concerti, works for brass and wind bands, chamber music and a two-act chamber opera. In 1917, his First and Fourth symphonies were recorded by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann and released on the Toccata Classics label.

Compositions (selected)[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

Works for orchestra[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1967 Concerto da Camera No 1 for oboe and string orchestra
  • 1967-69 Symphony No 1 in four movements
  • 1969 Sinfonia Civitatis (Symphony No 2) in three movements
  • 1973 Symphony No 3 in four movements
  • 1975 (revised 1980) Symphony No 4 in four movements
  • 1975 Concerto da Camera No 2 for flute and string orchestra
  • 1975 Concerto da Camera No 3 for mandolin, guitar and string orchestra
  • 1975 The Story of Jacob - music for an imaginary ballet
  • 1976 (revised 2014) The Visions of Ezekiel (Symphony No 5) in six movements
  • 1976 Symphony No 6 in two movements
  • 1977 (revised 1980) Symphony No 7 in one movement
  • 1977 The Path of the Just for chamber orchestra
  • 1978 Symphony No 8 in one movement
  • 1979 Distant Nebulae for chamber orchestra
  • 2006 The Great Adventure (Symphony No 11 for orchestra and brass band)
  • 2017 Beyond Compere - fantasia on themes by Loyset Compere for string orchestra

Chamber works[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1965 String Quartet No 1
  • 1967 String Quartet No 4
  • 1976 Fantasies on Middle-Eastern Themes for saxophone quartet
  • 1978 Mountains in Clouds - eight miniatures for chamber ensemble after Chinese handscrolls
  • 1980 String Quartet No 5
  • 1980 Three Pieces for Solo Flute (The Land of Willows; Firefly; Gwaihir the Windlord)
  • 1990 Five Personalities for oboe and string trio
  • 1997 The Harp of David for clarinet, horn and harp
  • 1979 Sinfonia da Camera (Symphony No 9) in four movements for chamber ensemble
  • 1999 The Little Mermaid for treble recorder and harp
  • 2001 Variations of a Theme by James Langley for brass quintet
  • 2003 Sonata Brevis for euphonium and piano
  • 2009 Three Places in Old England for brass quartet
  • 2011 Out of the Depths - meditations on an 8th-mode Gregorian chant for tuba and piano
  • 2011 Sonata for Two for mandolin and guitar
  • 2013 Bass(e) Dances for cello or double bass and timpani
  • 2018-19 Huldufolk for solo percussionist and harp
  • 2019 Three Apparitions for flute and harp

Works for wind band[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1977 Constantine suite in six movements
  • 1986 Capriccio for tuba and wind band
  • 1999 Millennium Concerto for tuba and wind band
  • 2001 The Four Elements for wind octet
  • 2003 The Kraken - concerto for tuba and wind band
  • 2005 Constellations for euphonium and wind band
  • 2008 Virginia Epitaph (Symphony No 13) in three movements
  • 2010 The Song of Luthien for flute and wind band
  • 2011 A Walt Whitman Symphony (Symphony No 14) in four movements
  • 2019 Vicky - canine adventures for wind band

Works for brass band[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1992 Variations for Percussion for solo percussionist and brass band
  • 1994 Five Greek Sketches
  • 1995 Four Spanish Impressions
  • 1995 Prince Bishops (Symphony No 10)
  • 1998 Dimitri for flugel horn and brass band
  • 2003 The King of Elfland's Daughter
  • 2003 The Pilgrim's Progress - variations on a theme by Eric Ball
  • 2004 Echoes of the East suite in four movements
  • 2006 World Tour - suite in four movements
  • 2007 Four Cities Symphony (Symphony No 12)
  • 2009 King Solomon's Mines
  • 2010 Rembrandt suite in four movements
  • 2012 The Golden Apples of the Sun - concerto in three movements or solo percussionist and brass band
  • 2014 Kirkby Tales - suite in five movements
  • 2015 Pictures from Yosemite - suite in five movements
  • 2018 From the Outer Reaches - suite in movements for tuba and brass band
  • 2020 From the Fiery Furnace - a canticle of praise

Vocal and choral works[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1978 Six Sonnets of William Shakespeare for soprano or tenor and piano
  • 1982 Spring Dreams - song cycle (text from Chinese poetry) for soprano and piano
  • 1982 Ash Wednesday - song cycle (text T S Eliot) for tenor and piano
  • 1982 The Wind Among the Reeds - song cycle (text W B Yeats) for mezzo soprano and piano
  • 1985 Six English Folksongs for SATB
  • 2017 Ultima Verba - the seven last words of Christ from the cross for SATB and organ

Piano[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1983 The Garden of Earthly Delights - tryptych after Hieronymous Bosch for two pianos and percussion
  • 1983 Four American Sketches for piano duet
  • 1994 Water Colours piano solo
  • 2014 Painter of Light - suite in four movements after J M W Turner for piano duo
  • 2021 Souvenir - fragments from a distant memory for piano solo

Stage[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

2015 Millennium Blues - a chamber opera in two acts (libretto Simon Louvish from his own stage play)

Film and television[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1986 The Pyrates (BBC TV film)
  • The Watch House (BBC TV serial - 3 episodes)
  • Lucinda Lambton's A-Z of Britain (title music for BBC TV series)
  • Change at Clapham Junction (S4C)

Production music library[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • 1994 Seascapes - three suites for chamber ensembles (eMu music library)

Bibliografie[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

  • David M. Cummings, Dennis K. McIntire: International who's who in music and musician's directory – (in the classical and light classical fields), Twelfth edition 1990/91, Cambridge, England: International Who's Who in Music, 1991. 1096 p., ISBN 0-948875-20-8
  • Jean-Marie Londeix: Musique pour saxophone, volume II : répertoire général des oeuvres et des ouvrages d' enseignement pour le saxophone, Cherry Hill: Roncorp Publications, 1985

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