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Edwin Roxburgh has pursued his professional life in several areas as composer, oboist, conductor and teacher. As a composer he has won many awards and Fellowships, from the Royal Philharmonic Society as a student to the Elgar Trust Award (a BBC Symphony Orchestra commission) and a British Academy Award for his Oboe Concerto, An Elegy for Ur. His Fellowships range from the Collard Fellowship to his position at the Royal College of Music (where he taught) as Vaughan Williams Fellow in Composition. Commissions have been constant throughout his life. They disclose a wide variety of stylistic characteristics from Menuhinís commission for How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear (produced on ITVís Aquarius with Vincent Price and Diana Menuhin as narrators) to a Prom commission for his orchestral work Montage. He awaits a performance of his symphonic opera Abelard, published by United Music Publishers under the auspices of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Many of his works have been recorded on Naxos, NMC, Metier and Oboe Classics labels.
Following his first post as principal oboist in the Sadlers Wells Opera (now ENO) he became a virtuoso soloist performing UK premieres by composers such as Berio and Holliger. While a member of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra he collaborated with Leon Goossens on the Menuhin Music Guide, The Oboe, now in its fourth edition.
As a conductor he has premiered a vast number of works, originally with the Twentieth Century Ensemble of London, which he founded, and later with several of the principal orchestras of the UK. This is reflected in his role as teacher at the Royal College of Music until 2003, where he created a department of Twentieth Century Performance Study which included annual orchestral concerts which he conducted for BBC broadcasts. He was awarded the Cobbett Medal for Services to Chamber Music in 1980. His role as a director with the Park Lane Group, which promotes young artists in Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall recitals, is indicative of his main philosophy, that all musicians have a responsibility towards the music of our own time and should give as much attention to it as to music of all periods. Paradoxically, his special subject as a Cambridge student was the Renaissance! He is currently writing a book entitled Conducting for a New Era and enjoys an association, as a visiting teacher, with BCU Birmingham Conservatoire, who recently awarded him an Honorary Fellowship.
soloists, chorus and orchestra
Libretto by Edwin and Julie Roxburgh
Concerto for Orchestra (2010)
3343/4331/timp.5perc.hp/strings - 21'
Recitative after Blake (1990)
contralto and string orchestra (or quintet)
Es ist Genug (2005)
orchestra – 13’
A Garland for Jane (2003)
soprano and orchestra (also available in orig. version for soprano and piano, formerly '3 Songs')
Lament (for the Victims of Conflict) (2003)
oboe and string orchestra – 7’
solo flute and string orchestra - 10'
Sinfonia Concertante (1990)
solo oboe, solo horn, solo violin, solo 'cello and chamber orchestra - 14'
string orchestra or ensemble - 17'
chamber orchestra: 1201, 0000. harpsichord, strings - 14'
orchestra and live electronics: 3343, sop sax, 4331. timp, 7 perc, harp, cel, strings - 29'
The Rock (1979)
soloists, chorus and orchestra: 3333, 4331. timp, 5 perc, harp, cel, strings - 67'
Seven Tableaux (1979)
concerto for trumpet and orchestra: 2222, 4230. timp, 3 perc, cel, strings - 21'
orchestra: 2222, 4231. timp, 3 perc, harp, strings - 10'
orchestra: 3333, 4332. timp, 6 perc, harp, pf, cel, strings - 23'
How Pleasant to know Mr Lear (1971)
narrator and chamber orchestra: 1111, 1000. 1 perc, cel, strings - 24'
A Scottish Fantasy (2010)
soprano, violin and string orchestra - 14'
Lament... for the Victims of Conflict (2011)
arranged for SATB chorus and solo soprano
The Beginning of Sorrows (2005)
soprano solo, vocal off-stage quartet and SATB chorus – 10’
SATB choir - 15'
Et vitam venturi saeculi (1983)
SATB choir - 20'
Christ is Risen (1982)
an Easter anthem for SATB choir - 4'
A Passiontide Carol (1982)
SATB choir - 4'
A Dangerous Crossing (2009)
soprano and piano
A Garland for Jane (formerly '3 Songs')
1. This is the garden
2. These children
3. A wind has blown the rain away
voice and piano
Text by e.e. cummings
3 oboes, 3 cor anglais and 3 bassoons - 14'
2 oboes and cor anglais - 10
Wind Quintet No.2 (1983)
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon - 14'
solo oboe, flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello and percussion - 14'
soprano, tenor, alto flute, oboe d'amore, violin, cello and harpsichord - 10'
Nebula I (1974)
clarinet choir - 10'
Nebula II (1974)
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon - 12'
Dithyramb II (1972)
piano and 3 percussion - 12'
oboe, violin, viola and 'cello - 9'
Solo & Duo works
solo tenor recorder
ballet for solo dancer and percussion
arr. flute and piano
oboe and piano
Duologue for David (2008)
oboe and piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008)
Debussy (arr. Roxburgh): 5 Pieces (2007)
Canope; Arabesque No.2; La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin; The Little Shepherd; Prelude
oboe and piano
Study 1 (2007)
oboe and piano – 3’
In such a Night as this (2005)
cello and piano – 6’
solo clarinet – 8’
Cadenzas for Mozart Concerto No.1 in G for Flute; Concerto in C for Oboe (1997)
oboe and piano - 12'
descant recorder and oboe - 14'
Dithyramb I (1972)
clarinet and percussion - 14'
piano - 10'
solo 'cello - 10'
oboe and piano - 6'
Introduction and Arabesques (1963)
piano - 9'