World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Emsley

Article Id: WHEBN0002970274
Reproduction Date:

Title: Richard Emsley  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of composers for the classical guitar, WikiProject Composers/Composers, English male classical composers, List of 21st-century classical composers, 1951 births
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Richard Emsley

Richard Emsley (born December 1951 in Goole, Yorkshire) is a British composer, sometimes associated with the New Complexity school.

Emsley initially studied with Arnold Whittall at University College, Cardiff, after which he moved to London, where he still lives. He attended Peter Maxwell Davies' composition classes at the Dartington Summer School of Music, and co-founded the Cardiff Composers' Ensemble while a student there. In the 1970s he co-founded, with James Clarke, the ensemble Suoraan, which specialised in performances of music by contemporary composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Michael Finnissy and James Dillon.

In 2002, Métier released a CD of Emsley's music, entitled Flowforms.

In addition to composing, Emsley works as a music engraver. He was the first ever user of the notation software Faber Music).


  • List of works 1
  • Recordings 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

List of works

  • The lunar silences, the silent tide lapping... (1973) for flute, clarinet, percussion (4 players), piano and violin
  • Hologenesis (1978) for solo clarinet
  • At Once (1979) for flute (doubling alto flute), oboe (doubling oboe d'amore & cor anglais), vibraphone and piano
  • Snatches (1979) for flute (doubling piccolo & alto flute), oboe (doubling cor anglais), vibraphone, and piano
  • Skhistos (1980) for flute, oboe, vibraphone and piano
  • The Juniper Tree (1981) for shadow puppet theatre (or animated film) and ensemble
  • Helter-Skelter (1981) for flute, vibraphone and piano
  • Cut/Dissolve (1984) for solo percussion
  • ...from swerve of shore to bend of bay... (1984–85) for alto flute (doubling piccolo), bass clarinet (doubling e-flat clarinet), percussion, piano, viola and cello
  • Flow Form (1986–87) for solo piano
  • Tidal Volume I (1989) for solo harpsichord
  • finnissys fifty (1996) for solo piano
  • Little Sunderings (1996) for solo piano
  • for piano 1 (1997) for solo piano
  • for piano 2 (1997) for solo piano
  • for piano 3 (1997) for solo piano
  • for piano 4 (1997) for solo piano
  • for piano 5 (1998) for solo piano
  • for guitar 1 (1998) for solo guitar
  • for piano 6 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 7 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 8 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 9 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 10 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 11 (1999) for solo piano
  • for piano 12 (1999) for solo piano
  • invention 1 on the name james dillon (2001) for two vibraphones
  • invention 2 on the name james dillon (2001) for solo vibraphone
  • Still/s 1 (2002) for solo cello
  • Still/s 22 (2002) for clarinet and piano
  • Still/s 14 (2003) for solo violin
  • for piano 13 (2000–03) for solo piano
  • Still/s 2 (2004) for clarinet and cello
  • for piano 14 (2004) for solo piano
  • Still/s 10 (2004) for flute and piano
  • Still/s 3 (2004) for violin and cello
  • Piano with violin (2005) for violin and piano
  • for piano 15 (2005) for solo piano


  • Emsley: Flowforms Mikel Toms, Topologies Ensemble Metier CD MTI 92044


  • Barrett, Richard (1988): 'Richard Emsley: A View of His Music' in Tempo, New Series, No. 164, 'Modernism and Neo-Modernism' in British Music (Mar., 1988), pp. 20–27, Cambridge University Press [1]

External links

  • Composer's own website, accessed 8 February 2010
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.