Matthew Kaner

Works

Chamber | Electroacoustic | Ensemble | Orchestral | Orchestra and Voice(s) | Soloist and Orchestra | Stage Works | Voice(s)

Chamber

Flight Studies: The Snowy Owl20223′oboeShort work for solo oboe commissioned by Anna Durance.
Piano Trio20219′piano trio: vln. vc. pno.Piano Trio in three movements (i. Glints in the Water ii. Ripples iii. Eroding Lines), written for Benjamin Baker, Matthias Balzat and Daniel Lebhardt. Featured on Matthew’s album with Delphian Records.ListenBuy Score
At Night202114′clarinet quintet: cl. 2vln. vla. vc.Clarinet Quintet in two movements inspired by poems on the theme of night (i. The Land of Nod ii. Searching for the Dimmest Stars), written for the Goldfield Ensemble, premiered at Stapleford Granary on 11 December 2021. Featured on Matthew’s album with Delphian Records.
Flight Studies: The Swift and the Kestrel202112′basset cl.Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and premiered by Mark van de Wiel, live online from King’s Place, on 24 March 2021. Featured on Matthew’s album with Delphian Records.Watch
Sonata Scordatura202010′cello soloWork for solo scordatura cello. Commissioned by Guy Johnston.Listen
Suite for Cello202012′cello soloCommissioned by Guy Johnston for Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival. Featured on Matthew’s album with Delphian Records.Buy Score
Five Highland Scenes201915′vln.pnoFive short miniatures inspired by Scottish landscapes. Featured on Matthew’s album with Delphian Records.ListenBuy Score
In Search of the Dimmest Stars
(version for String Quartet)
20164′string quartet
Recorded by the Van Kuijk Quartet. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 7 November 2016.ListenBuy Score
Concerto for Four Baroque Violins20164′4 baroque vln.Commissioned by the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment. Premiered in the Night Shift, at the Old Queen’s Head on 26 October 2016. Recorded by the OAE for BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on 31 October 2016.Listen
Flight Studies: The Red-Crowned Crane20164′basset cl.Recorded by Mark Simpson. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 24 October 2016.ListenBuy Score
Dance Suite201522′pno soloCommissioned by Richard Uttley with the support of the Britten-Pears, Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Arthur Bliss Trusts. Premiere 7 May 2015, St John’s Smith Square.ListenBuy Score
Chants20135′fl. cl. vla. vc.Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta as part of Writing the Future. World premiere on December 8, 13:15 in the Purcell Room.ListenBuy Score
Calligraphic Study20122′vln.vlaWritten at the Tanglewood Music Center as part of the ‘Piece-a-Day’ project. Premiered in Seiji Ozawa Hall by Alex Shiozaki and Derek Mosloff.ListenBuy Score
Litanies20073′pno soloPublic premiere given by Bretton Brown, February 8th 2013.ListenBuy_Score

Electroacoustic

The Third Programme takes to the Skies20163′electroacoustic recordingCommissioned by BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the final day of 70th Anniversary celebrations and of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast from Goonhilly Earth Station live on In Tune on 7 December 2016.Listen

Ensemble (6 players+)

Collide20163′ob. a. sax. 2perc. pno. dbl bass.Recorded by the Workers Union Ensemble. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 26 September 2016.ListenBuy_Score
Mosaic201410′fl(=a.fl). ob.(=c.a.). cl(=b.cl). bn. hn. tpt. tbn. 2perc. pno.Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Premiere given by the players of the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall on 31 May 2014, conducted by Clark Rundell.Buy Score
Organum2013
12′ob. (=c.a.) s. sax. (=a. sax.) 2perc. pno. dbl bass. live electronicsCommissioned by the Workers Union with the support of the PRS for Music Foundation. World premiere given on 28 October 2013 in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, followed by the London premiere at LSO St. Luke’s on 9th November 2013.ListenBuy Score
Fantastical Fragments2011-125′fl=(picc & a.fl.). cl=(b.cl). ob. bn. hn. tpt. tbn. perc: marimba, glock, guiro, triangle, bass drum. hp. 2vln. vla. vc. db.Composed initially on the Britten Pears composition course, and later expanded for the full premiere in the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2012.ListenBuy Score
Gauguin Sketches20115′ob(=c.a.). t. sax. (=a. sax.) 2perc. pno. dbl bass.Commissioned by the Workers Union, premiered at the Leeds Festival, March 4, 2011.ListenBuy Score
Octet20093′fl. cl(=b.cl). hn. vib. hp. vln. vla. vc.Composed as part of the BBC Total Immersion Henze Programme; first performance given in the Barbican Centre foyer, with players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School, conducted by Richard BakerListenBuy Score

Orchestral

Encounters2015-17



3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 Timp.4Perc.Pno(=Cel).Hp 16.14.12.10.8New work commissioned by Roche Young Commissions for Lucerne Festival 2017. Premiere date: 2 September 2017, at KKL Luzern with Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Means.
The Calligrapher’s Manuscript
2012-1312′3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 2Perc Timp Hp Pno=Cel Strings:14.12.10.8.6Commissioned for the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, supported by the Helen Hamyln trust.ListenBuy_Score

Orchestra and Voice(s)

Pearl202225′Solo Baritone, Large Chorus and Orchestra: 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/Kbd.2Hp.3Perc.Timp/Str.(16.14.12.10.8)Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Proms 2022. Premiering with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Roderick Williams, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth on 10 August 2022.Listen

Soloist and Orchestra

Stranded201710′Solo Violin, Orchestration: 2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0./Timp./Hp./Str.Commissioned for Benjamin Baker. Premiered at St John’s Smith Square with Jonathan Bloxham and the Northern Chords Festival Orchestra, 9 May 2017.ListenBuy_Score

Stage Works

Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes201860′Ob(=CA, Toy Pno 1 + Perc). Cl in Bb (=Cl. in Eb, B.Cl in Bb, Perc). Hn in F (=Toy Pno 2, Perc). Vla. Vc. Soprano-Narrator.Poetry by Simon Armitage. Commissioned by Goldfield Productions, supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Radcliffe Trust, RVW Trust, Double O Foundation, Leche Trust, Colwinston Trust, John S Cohen Foundation. Premiere date: 7 July 2018, at Cheltenham Music Festival. 

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Voice(s)

Reframe20163′Choir: SSAATTBBRecorded by the BBC Singers. Text and melodic material based on Hildegard of Bingen’s Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 14 November 2016.ListenBuy_Score
Contemplations20165′vla. bs-baritoneSettings of Kafka for Bass-Baritone and Viola. Recorded by Ashley Riches and Sarah-Jane Bradley. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of Matthew’s Embedded Composer in 3 Residency. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast on 10 October 2016.Buy Score
Duo Seraphim20155′Triple choir: SSA SAT TBBCommissioned by King’s College London Choir in Memory of David Trendell. Recorded by King’s College London Choir and Gareth Wilson on Delphian Recordings.ListenBuy Score
O Adonai20144′a.sax (=s.sax) S.S.A.T.Bar.B.Premiere given on 13 July, 2014 by Siglo de Oro and Sam Corkin in St George’s Basilica, Gozo, Malta. Recorded by Delphian Recordings on Drop Down Ye Heavens.Listen