Catalogue of Compositions

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Postgraduate Era (2019-)

Op.48 Midnight March for Wind Orchestra - Bristol University Wind Orchestra/Thomas Jensen

Op.46 Concertissimo for Marimba solo

Op.40 Cwm Ogwr (cor anglais, cello, piano)

Op.39 Twelve Duets for Twelve Months (bassoon duet) - excerpts performed by Anna Harris/Patrick Colson

Op.38 Welsh Faerie Suite (flute choir) - Bristol University Flute Choir/Rowena Marshall

Op.33 Worcestershire Rhapsody (orchestra 2223.4231.t+3.strs) - Worcester Symphony Orchestra/Joe Davies

Op.32b Seaguard (orchestra 2222.4231.t+2.hp.strs) - BBCNOW/Ryan Bancroft

Op.31a Four Garden Miniatures (bassoon solo)

Op.31b Four Garden Pieces (bassoon solo)

Op.30a Saxophone Quartet

Op.30c Afternoon Circus (brass band) - audio mockup

Op.29 From The Last Cloister (trombone quartet) - WNO trombone section

Op.28 Silent City (orchestra 1111.2221.t+2.hp.strs) - BBCNOW/Ryan Bancroft (and check out this interview!)

Op.27 Microtubal (microtonal tuba) - Jack Adler-McKean/COMA Summer School

Op.25 Two Christmas Carols (choir)

Op.24 United in Spirit (choir)

Undergraduate Era (2014-19)

Op.23 Divertimento (0222.2000.vc.db)

Op.22 Faintheart in a Railway Train (after Thomas Hardy)(baritone and piano)

Op.21 Concertissimo for Trumpet and Clarinet

Op.20 February March (cello solo)

Op.19 Thermopylae (fl,cl,bsn and string quintet)

Op.18 Minuet and Trio in a Classical Style

Op.17 Secluded Thicket (cello and timpani)

Op.16 Fanfare (horn solo)

Op.15a Lunar Leonardo (brass quartet)

Op.15b Lunar Leonardo (orchestra 2222.4231.t+2.strs)

Op.14 Concerto for Orchestra (3343.4331.strs)

Op.13 Movement for String Quartet

Op.12 Blue Dawn (cello solo) - performed by George Owen

Op.11 To Winter (choir) - Bristol University Chamber Choir/Will Brockman

Early works (-2014)

Op.10a Venetian Postcards (string orchestra) - BSO Strings/Maxime Tortelier

Op.10b Venetian Postcards (string quartet)

Op.9a Approaching Bristol (2222.4200.t+2.strs) - English School Orchestra Sinfonia/Robert Pepper

Op.9b Transect (2222.4231.t+2.strs)

Op.8 Nature of Power/Power of Nature (fl,cl,hn,vln,vc,perc,pno) - Wells Cathedral School/Paul Whitmarsh

Op.7 Cumulus (brass quintet)

Op.6a Hustle (fl,cl,2vc)

Op.6b Hustle (fl,cl,vln,vc) - Wells Cathedral School/Paul Whitmarsh

Op.5 The Martians They Dance (fl,cl,vln,vc,perc,pno)

Op.4 Over the Water (bassoon and piano) - Stanley Kaye-Smith and Daniel Evans

Op.3 Cathedral Bells (piano solo)

Op.2 A Welshman in Buenos Aires (fl,cl,vln,vc,perc,pno)

Op.1 Apocalypse (piano solo)

 

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George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'
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George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'

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Four quirky miniatures, each describing a winter's garden and composed for solo bassoon by George Owen in January 2021.

In 2020-21, I was grateful to spend the winter holidays watching the wildlife in the garden of my parents’ house. I chose to write a series of miniatures for the most characterful of instruments, the bassoon. The first movement

Four quirky miniatures, each describing a winter's garden and composed for solo bassoon by George Owen in January 2021.

In 2020-21, I was grateful to spend the winter holidays watching the wildlife in the garden of my parents’ house. I chose to write a series of miniatures for the most characterful of instruments, the bassoon. The first movement uses the chilly key of D minor to convey the scene in wintertime and juxtaposes the warmth of the lower register of the bassoon (my heated indoor position) with the cold exterior in the highest register of the bassoon. The second movement demonstrates the agility of the bassoon, both in the rapid tonguing of the opening and the angular motion of the smoother middle melody. The third movement is very static and is centred around the note A. The final movement is very excitable through its regular repetition of an oompah bassline and its syncopated melody, though a gentler 5/4 melody in the middle tries to temper that somewhat.

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George Owen 'Over The Water'
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George Owen 'Over The Water'

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A charming piece for bassoon and piano exploring the ripples and ebbs of water.

Written for solo bassoon and piano accompaniment, Over The Water was inspired by footage of Ray Mears building a birch bark canoe from scratch, which he then took it over the lake to test. I always found the scenery so tranquil, and I sought to replicate the rippling

A charming piece for bassoon and piano exploring the ripples and ebbs of water.

Written for solo bassoon and piano accompaniment, Over The Water was inspired by footage of Ray Mears building a birch bark canoe from scratch, which he then took it over the lake to test. I always found the scenery so tranquil, and I sought to replicate the rippling and ebbing of the water underneath the canoe through this piece.

This piece was premiered at Wells Cathedral School by Stanley Kaye-Smith (bassoon) and Daniel Evans (piano) in 2014.

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George Owen 'Venetian Postcards'
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George Owen 'Venetian Postcards'

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An original composition for string orchestra by George Owen.

These three postcards are inspired by that great city on the water, Venice. The first movement shows off the bustling charm of the city centre, where tourists and pigeons alike flock to the many coffeehouses. The opening section features three graceful melodies in G major and D major: the

An original composition for string orchestra by George Owen.

These three postcards are inspired by that great city on the water, Venice. The first movement shows off the bustling charm of the city centre, where tourists and pigeons alike flock to the many coffeehouses. The opening section features three graceful melodies in G major and D major: the first charismatic, the second impassioned, the third stately; before the first of these is developed in both E minor and B minor. The first two melodies return to a triumphant ending.

The second movement sets a serene scene of the gondoliers at dawn, with a lilting punting rhythm in low strings and a beautiful melody in violins inspired by Dvorak’s fantastic String Serenade. The ebb and flow of the tidal waters is portrayed by using five beats in the bar and by the smooth harmonic shifts. The final Db major chord is held, with the violins launching effortlessly into the final movement.

The masked ball is a major cultural event on any Venetian’s social calendar and is a chance to let one’s hair down. The quick waltz-like feel is wrongfooted gleefully with occasional bars of only two beats. A whirlwind of exuberance and jubilation brings the trio of postcards to a close.

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