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Fantasia, Meditation & Galliard

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Fantasia, Meditation & Galliard is a fascinating work linking the past with the present. The two outer movements are by Orlando Gibbons and arranged from the original version for 3 viols by John Alexander, contrasting the middle movement, a meditation by John Alexander, which was inspired by a Gibbons trio and which is very much of the present.

There are few technical challenges for any of the performers but great opportunities to explore the tonal and timbral sonorities of the two styles of music, and musical challenges to create performances of great style and distinction.

John Alexander was born in West Sussex in 1942 and began to compose at the age of 20. At the time he discovered a fascination for art, literature, dance, architecture and sculpture and these topics, along with mathematics, have continued to have a bearing on his work. He studied composition with Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and later with Jonathan Harvey and Peter Wiegold at the University of Sussex.

John Alexander has never been a prolific composer, but an impressive and growing body of work reflects a rare eye for detail and structure - each work beautifully crafted and reworked until every inflection, detail and nuance is perfect. Probably best described as a miniaturist, he writes in a fluent, independent and strongly personal style with an intense desire to create music which communicates to both performer and audience alike.

In 1999 John Alexander won the 1st BIBF Composition Contest and was invited to be a judge for several BIBF competitions. He was a featured composer at Bass-Fest 2001, was an spnm short-listed composer for three years, and was Composer-in-residence at the 2004 Rotterdam Conservatoire Double Bass Weekend, Bass-Fest 2006 and 2007 Wells Double Bass Weekend. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world and he was written an impressive and unique body of work for double bass.


  • 1. Fantasia
  • 2. Meditation
  • 3. Galliard

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Cat No. RM370
Supplier Code RM370
Price £13.50
ComposersJohn Alexander
Orlando Gibbons
CategoriesString Trio
Double Bass & Other Instruments
Violin, Viola & Double Bass
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-370-2
EAN-13 9790570453702
Weight 136 grams
Published 15th March 2012
Availability 5 in stock
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