ANDREW BAKER

SELECTED MUSIC

 

1987

A hymn for the nativity Op. 17

SATB

Words: Christopher Smart

4’

Composition dates: 20/9/87

First performance: Cantemus, Shugborough Hall, 12/87

Publication: Comus

 

1989

A vision on the hill Op. 22

SATB, organ

Words: Apocryphal Acts of St John (tr. M R James)

18’

Composition dates: 1989

First performance: Cantemus, Blackburn Cathedral 1989

Publication: Comus

1990

A fancy for the countess Op. 24

Soprano, treble recorder, hpschd.

18’

Composition dates: 1990

First performance: Ruth Walland, John Dunn, Durham University, 1990

Publication: Comus. Also performed at Durham by Amy Vail 1991

When I learned to fly Op. 25

Recorder ensemble

Dedicated to artist Sara Wicks, from whose painting the title comes

10’

Composition dates: 1990.Commissioned by the Society of Recorder players

First performance: autumn 1990

Published: Comus

Arranged for full orchestra 1997

1992

Summer’s gramophone Op. 32

2222/2000/strings

I Overture

II Dance

III Apres Midi

IV Tango

V Chaconne

20’

Composition dates: completed 7/2/92

 

1993

Piano sonata no. 3 Op. 37

I

II

III

20’

Composition dates: 6-8/93

Capriccio Op. 38

Solo piano

10’

Composition dates: 17-21/10/93

Composed at Portmeirion.

1994

Symphony no. 1 Op. 40

2222/2200/timp, piano, perc, 3 voices (SSA) or synthesiser, strings

I Moderato

II Allegro

III Andante

IV Allegro con moto

30’

Composition dates: Begun 12/92. III sketch 1993. Finale 2-3/94. I 5-6/94. Completed 9/94. Most of this was orchestrated on paper.

1995

A festival overture Op. 43

Full orchestra

8’

Composition dates: completed 27/6/95

Apple island Op. 44

Oboe, piano

6’

Composition dates: 30/7/95 – 6/8/95

Symphony no. 2  Op. 45

Note Performer playback 2021

GPO playback

 

Full orchestra

I

II

III

42’

Composition dates: 1/9/95- 26/11/95

This is the first symphony composed directly on Sibelius sofrware.

1996

Symphony no. 3 Op. 47

Note Performer playback 2021

GPO playback

2222/2000/strings

I

II

II

20’

Composition dates: 4/96

Piano sonata no. 4 Op. 48

One movement

12’

Composition dates: 16/8/96 – 20/8/96

1997

Symphony no. 4 Op. 53

2021 NotePerformer playback

GPO Playback

Full orchestra

I

II

III

IV

35’

Composition dates: 27/1/97 – 3/97

1998

String quartet no. 1 Op. 54

30’

I

II

III

IV

Composition dates: 24/1/98 – 28/2/98

Piano sonata no. 5 Op. 55

Piano solo

I

II

III

20’

Composition dates: 28/4/98 – 14/5/98

1999

String quartet no. 2 Op. 64

20’

one movement

completed 12/9/99

Symphony no. 5 Op 66

2021 NotePerformer playback

GPO Playback

30’

I Adagio – Allegro

II Allegro molto

III Adagio

(piano, celesta, timpani, strings)

completed 18/12/99

2000

Spring dance Op. 67

Live Performance at the Royal Festival Hall

Commissioned by Geetha Sridhar

6’

Electronic recording from Sibelius via Proteus FX

Fp: “Mahotsav”; Stafford Gatehouse; 24/3/00; Geetha Sridhar, Sukanya Ramesh (Bharatanatyam dancers)

A song of pilgrimage (Symphony no. 6) Op. 70

Commissioned by Stafford Asian Arts Fund

35’

Texts from various sources

(fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, timpani, piano, electric keyboard, soprano, alto, kathak dancer, 2vlns, vla, vc, db)

Fp: Stafford Gatehouse; 3/2/01; Festival Orchestra; conducted by Nigel  Taylor; Valerie Martin (soprano); Chris Bown (alto); Anurekha Ghosh (Kathak dancer). Here is an extract from the rehearsal.

 

Symphony no. 7 (for strings) Op. 73

Commissioned by Janet Hyde to celebrate Ray Hyde’s 50th birthday

I: Allegro con brio

II: Adagio

III: Allegro energico

25 minutes

Completed 20/11/00

2001

2002

2004

Flute sonata Op. 83

Commissioned by Christina Thomson

I Moderato

II Andante

III Allegro

15 minutes

Completed 15/1/04 and performed several times.

 

Symphony no. 8 Op. 84

Sponsored project in aid of the Ashley Joly SADS Trust.  A CD was sold for the charity using a playbacl from a Roland device which is rather fuzzy in this compressed copy.

I: Allegro non troppo

II: Scherzo and trio

III: Adagio

IV: Allegro

56 minutes

Completed 15/4/04

A Franciscan octave Op. 86

8 pieces, digital orchestra, charity CD

45 minutes

Completed 22/07/04

This was intended purely as a digital CD and raised £750 for Franciscan Aid.

2005

The Shugborough Sonatas Op. 88

6 sonatas for flute and harpsichord

A digital orchestra  version was also sold as a CD.

Finished 16/05/05

First performed September 2005, Stafford Gatehouse, with digital orchestral version of no. 6 danced by Geetha Sridar

Rehearsal of Thalia Dances 2005

2006

Symphony no. 9 Op. 91

2021 NotePerformer playback

GPO playback 200

I Allegro

II Adagio

III Scherzo

IV Finale

c30 minutes

Ist movement April 2006. Completed 20th August 2006.

2007

A Traveller to the Watershed Op. 93

12 pieces

Recorder and harpsichord

Digital orchestral version

12 pieces

Begun October 2006, completed January 2007

First performed (selection) September 2007, Adbaston concert society.

Here is an extract, “The Repose at Fairoak.”

String Quartet no. 3 Op. 95

Four movements

20’

First performed by The 4tet, St Mary’s Church, Stafford 02/12/07

2008

The Leaves of the Tree Op. 96

8 pieces for flute, violin, cello and piano (also digital version)

Composed March 2008 to June 2008

Two pieces first performed May 2008

Symphony No. 10 (A Garden Symphony) Op. 97

2021 NotePerformer playback,

2008 GPO playback

Five movements

35’

Written for Wendy Davies, based on her design for a prayer garden.

Completed June 2008

2009

Symphonies of Melancholy and Delight Op. 100 (Nos. 11-16)

Six 20 minute symphonies for flute, piano and string quartet and small orchestra versions

Completed December 2009

No. 1 first performed in its chamber version in St Mary’s Church, Stafford, May 2009

Symphony no. 11 2021 NotePerformer Playback

Symphony no. 12 2021 NotePerformer playback

Symphony no. 13 2021 NotePerformer playback

Symphony no. 14 2021 NotePerformee playback

Symphony no. 15 2021 NotePerformer playback

Symphony no. 16 2021 NotePerformer playback

2010

September Op. 103

Flute and piano

6’

First performed late 2010.

Episodes from “The Years of Wandering” Op. 104

Ten Symphonic Poems

98 minutes

Completed Dec 2010

2011

String Quartet no. 4 Op. 105

Four movements

35 minutes

String Quartet no. 5 op. 106 “Astree”

Four movements

20’

First performed by the Alard Quartet at Shugborough, July 2011

2012

Scenes from “The Mysterious Itineraries” Op. 108

12 pieces for flute and piano

August-September 2012

2013

12 Preludes for string quartet Op. 109

12 four minute pieces, as preludes to the meditations of Bonaventure’s the “Tree of Life”

May 2012-September 2013

 

 2014

 Sonatas for Mr Stillingfleet Op. 111

Sonata 1

Sonata 2

Sonata 3

Sonata 4

Four sonatas for recorder, hpschd, cello

Performed Shugborough May 2014

A Pilgrimage and Disguise Op. 113

A series of music for Youtube videos exploring The Spirit of Place

Begun 30th January 2014

 

Symphony no. 17 “The Consolation of Music” Op. 114

2021 NotePerformer playback

GPO Playback

Full orchestra. 22 minutes,

June 2014

2015

Symphonies from Inchanted Ground Op. 115

6 videos with music.

1 – Border – November 2014

2 – Vale (Chamber version perf. Sept 2015)

3- Forest

4- Three Places in Oxfordshire

5 – The Ouse Pilgrimage

6 – No. 6

The Theatre of the Muses Op. 116

Dances from Aquarius and Capricorn Jan-Mar 2015

Dances from Pisces (flute and piano) added March 2017

2016

Symphony no. 18 “The Consolations of Wandering” Op. 117

2021 NotePerformer playback

2016 GPO playback

Orchestra c18 minutes

A 90th birthday gift for Eric Bennett.

The Garden of Persephone Op. 118

Piano, violin, cello

First performed Shugborough September 4th 2016. Here is an extract of the rehearsal.

Excursions to Inchanted Ground Op. 119

Images with music

1 – Golgonooza   April 2016

2 – Prospect  June 2016

3 – Falls – Oct 2016

4 – Well – Oct 2016

5 – All Souls’ – Nov 2016

6 – Minster – Nov 2016

The Mystery of Emily Weston Op. 120

Pieces for violin, cello, piano

1 – Prelude

2 – Scherzetto

3 – Canzonetta

4 – Scene du bal

First performed at the Stafford Music Festival, May 2017. Also arranged for digital orchestra.

Mr Walton’s Fancy Op.121

Violin, cello, piano

September 2016

Symphony no. 19 “Thalia” Op. 122 

2021 NotePerformer playback

2016 GPO playback

Full orchestra

20 minutes

November 28th 2016 – December 4th 2016

2017

A Coronal Op. 123

Flute and piano

A prelude and 12 pieces.

Completed March 8th 2017

From the House on the Border  Op. 125

Sonatas for recorder and harpsichord (with optional cello)

Sonata no. 1

Sonata no. 2

Sonata no. 3

Sonata no. 4

Begun 28th May 2017

2018

Fancies for the Invisible College Op. 127

Flute and piano or orchestral versions.

Begun 29th December 2017.

1 – The snow obscures the footsteps of Nature…

2 – The Countess invites us into the Orangery…

3 – The dancers at sunset…

4 – Dr. Pordage is visited by the Virgin Sophia…

5 – Our Mercury…

6 – The Mystic Sister is gathering flowers…

7 – This is the day, this is the day, this, this...

8 – From the House of Faire Aspect…

9 – The Star Game (after Novalis)…

10 – An emblem of St. Catherine…

11 – Pursuing the Golden Apple…

12 – …”Myosotis”…

December 2017 – January 2018

A Fruit for Each Moon Op. 128

Twelve short films

Fruit 1 (February 2018)

Fruit 2 (March 2018)

Fruit 3 (April 2018)

Fruit 4 (May 2019)

Fruit 5 (June 2018)

Fruit 6 (July 2018)

Fruit 7 (August 2018)

Fruit 8 (September 2018)

Fruit 9 (October 2018)

Fruit 10 (November 2018)

Fruit 11 (December 2018)

Fruit 12 (January 2019)

More Excursions Op. 129

1 – Stones

2 – Cathedral

3 – Ruins

Symphony no. 20 “The English Mystery” Op. 130

2021 NotePerformer playback

GPO playback

For full orchestra and narrator.

32 minutes

Completed August 26th 2018

A Francis Play Op. 131

Music and narration for a mystery play by Carolle Doyle

16-17 minutes

Completed October 18th 2018

A Reflection and an Enigma Op. 132

2 Fantasies for flute or violin and piano

2 October 2018

Meditations on Bonaventure’s Tree of Life Op. 133

Narrator and digital orchestra

Nos. 1-6

Nos. 7-12

November 2018 – March 2019

2019

Etude for Piano Op. 134

30th April 2019

Pearl – a film Op. 135

August 2019

The Other Music Op. 136

Music for a film. September 2019

String Quartet No. 6 Op. 137

October 2019

2020

12 Fantasies for String Quartet Op. 138

January-February 2020

Franciscan Spring Op. 139

A film, with pictures by members of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis

March-April 2020

The Garden of Philosophy Op. 140

March-May 2020

A film exploring the modes and gardens.

Four sonatas apropos of the Garden of Philosophy:

Op. 140 No. 1 Euterpe Sonata, flute and piano

Op. 140 No. 1 Euterpe Sonata, orchestral version

Op. 140 No. 2 Orlando Sonata, violin, cello, piano

Op. 140 No. 2 Orlando Sonata, orchestral version

Op. 140 No 3 Sonata Sacra, flute and piano

Op. 140 No. 3 Sonata Sacra, orchestral version

Op. 14o No. 4 Orpheus Sonata, oboe, cello, harpsichord

Op. 140 No. 4 Orpheus Sonata, orchestra version

 

Regina Mundi Op. 141

Four orchestral pieces.

Composed October-Novembder 2020

Symphony no. 21 Op. 142

Four movements

Composed October 2020 as a test for NotePerformer sound software..

The Birds of Rhiannon Op. 143

A romantic poem for orchestra

November 2020

2021

A Nocturne and a Diversion Op. 144

Nocturne (string quartet  and orchestra version)

Diversion (Piano trio and orchestra version)

March 2021

Symphony no. 22 Op. 145

Full orchestra

I Adagio

II Allegro

III Adagio

IV Allegro

V Adagio – Moderato

March 2021

There is also a piano trio arrangement for domestic use.

River tune – a rejected tune for Symphony no. 22 (too romantic)

Symphony no. 23 Op. 146

I Adagio

II Alegro

III Adagio

IV Allegro

There is a version for piano trio for domestic use.

June 2021

Thalia’s Vale Op. 147

Fancies for violin and keyboard

I

II

July 2021

For Saint Cecilia Op. 148

For string quartet

July/September 2021