Simon Bainbridge was born in 1952. He studied composition at
the Royal College of Music with John Lambert and later at Tanglewood with Gunther Schuller.
His Viola Concerto (1976) commissioned by the
late Walter Trampler, was a formidable early success. Since then works
have been commissioned from the BBC (Fantasia for Double Orchestra), London Sinfonietta (Concertante in Moto Perpetuo), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Caliban Fragments and Aria) and Marimolin (Marimolin Inventions), among many others. He is also active as a conductor, particularly of contemporary music.
In April 1997 Simon Bainbridge was awarded the Grawemeyer Award
for Musical Composition. The musical equivalent of a Nobel prize, the award is offered in recognition of outstanding achievement by a
living composer. Bainbridge was only the second Briton to win the prize, the first being Sir Harrison Birtwistle in 1987.
LIST OF WORKS
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Viola Concerto (1990)
solo viola and orchestra - 27'
2220/2110, 3perc, mandolin, h, strings
Fantasia for Double Orchestra (1984)
double orchestra - 18'
4444/4440, 2 hp, 4 perc, timp, strings
The Devil's Punchbowl (1987)
children's voices and chamber orchestra - 16'
1111/1110, timp, strings: 70221
Double Concerto (1990)
oboe, clarinet in A and chamber orchestra - 18'
2112, 2200, strings: 86442
Cantus Contra Cantum (1990)
orchestra - 16'
4440, 4 sax, 4420, timp, 2 perc, strings
Path to Othona (1987)
chamber orchestra and horn - 8'
alto flute, 2ob, 2cl, 2hn, 3perc, celeste, harp, strings (86442)
ballet for electronics and orchestra - 18'
2120/1100, perc, electric bass guitar, strings (00220) and electronics
Three Pieces for Chamber Ensembles (1970-82)
Spirogyra (1970), Flugel (1973), Path to Othona (1982)
chamber ensemble - 20'
fl, sop sax, hn, pf, hp, 2 mandoline, 3 perc, vn, va, vc, db
chamber ensemble - 12'
fl/picc, ob, cl/bass cl, bn, hn, prepared pf, 2 vn, va, vc, db
Landscape and Magic Words (1981)
solo soprano and ensemble - 25'
ob/ca, sop sax/bass cl, cl/bass cl, hn, elec org/pf, elec gtr, perc, vn, va, vc, db
Concertante in Moto Perpetuo (1983)
oboe and ensemble - 10'
fl, cl, hn, pf, 2 vn, va, vc, db
Ceremony and Fanfare (1985)
brass and percussion - 10'
0000, 4421, 3 perc
chamber ensemble - 16'
fl, ob, cl, hn, tpt, trb, perc, pf, 2 vn, va, vc, db
A Song from Michelangelo (1989)
soprano and ensemble - 3'
2 cl, va, vc, db
A Song from Tagore (1991)
children's voices S.S.A.A. and ensemble 1011/1110 - 2'
Caliban Fragments and Aria (1991)
mezzo soprano and large ensemble - 13'
picc, 2 ob, 2 cl, bass cl, cbn, hn, 2 tpt, trb, harp, 2 perc, strings: 40221
A Cappella (1985)
six solo voices - 16'
String Quartet (1972)
2 violins, viola, 'cello - 11'
Wind Quintet (1970-71, revised 1974)
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon - 6'
Wind Quartet (1974)
flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon - 15'
People of the Dawn (1975)
soprano solo, 3 clarinets, percussion and piano - 15'
Three Players (1985)
cello, bass clarinet and piano - 9'
2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos - 12'
soprano solo - 6'