David Arditti is a composer of contemporary classical music in a tonal and highly melodic idiom. His works include vocal, orchestral, choral, brass band, wind band, piano, and chamber music, plus scores for film and video. He also plays the piano, accompanies and conducts. He can be commissioned to write music for any group, and also for film or other media.

Publication of Introduction and Allegro Brillante for flute, oboe and piano

I am pleased to announce that my Introduction and Allegro Brillante (Op. 41) for flute, oboe and piano has been published by Forton Music, a respected publisher of music for woodwind and brass. Hopefully this is the start of a fruitful relationship with them. Forton also publish works by my friends Cedric Peachey and Liz Sharma, some of whose works I have performed.

Forton have made a video where you can see the score while hearing a performance of the piece. The music can be purchased here.

The recording of the first performance in 2009 can be heard here.

A Still, Sad Music

I’ve completed a significant new work. Entitled ‘A Still, Sad Music’, it is a setting for choir, orchestra and (optional) organ of lines 90-113 of ‘Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth.

I had to consider how to make a demo of this. With instrumental pieces I can just use the audio from the scoring program, but in this case the words are important, which of course cannot be synthesised. My solution is to make a video combining the audio with a scrolling display of the vocal, organ and string parts (the words would be too small if you saw the whole score). This demo is on YouTube.

The orchestration is:

Cor Anglais
2 Bassoons
2 Horns
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Organ (optional)

In the video the full orchestration may be heard, but only the choral, organ and string parts are seen.

The work could be performed with choir strings, harp and timpani only, or with an incomplete group of wind instruments, particularly if the organ were used. With full orchestra, the organ part would be optional.

Mad on marches: concerts in July and September 2019

London Composers Forum at the Harrow Summer Music Festival

Thursday 11 July 2019 at 12:30pm, Church of St John Greenhill, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2JE.

I will be playing A New Wedding March, a work I wrote for my brother’s wedding about a decade ago, on the piano, and  also a piano arrangement I have made of one of my orchestral marches, Pomp and Circumstance (Op. 23).

This will be part of a concert also including a new flute sonata by my friend Martin Jones, and works for piano and vibraphone by Derek Foster and Michael Regan, pieces for cello and piano by Peter Openshaw and Alan Hilton. and a piano piece by Peter Terry. Admission will be free, with a collection at the end.

The concert is organised by London Composers Forum in collaboration with Harrow Summer Music Festival.

‘World Tour’

Premiere of March of the Pioneers (Op 58)

London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Taylor

Saturday 28 September at 7:30pm, Church of St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA

The idea of this concert is a journey round the world, with each continent or region represented by a new piece by a different composer. My contribution is a piece representing North America, entitled March of the Pioneers (I told you I was obsessed by marches). If it in any way represents the history of America, then the Native Americans do not come too well out of it. The melodies doffs the cap at the swagger of Sousa and the syncopations of Joplin, and are orchestrated in a style somewhere between Elgar and the Loony Tunes scores of Carl Stalling.

Other contributions to the world tour come from composers Isa Suarez, Marianne Johnson, Liz Sharma, Nigel Patterson, Clifford Hughes, Alison Doubleday, Alun Grafton and Simon Tait, all played by London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Taylor. Admission £12 (£10 concessions), tickets on the door or via London Composers Forum.