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“I had the pleasure to meet Chris 20 years ago, when he was a gifted and enthusiastic student at the Guildhall School of Music. It’s great to see he has matured into a fantastic musician, without losing any of his gifts and youthful enthusiasm.”

Dario Marianelli    Composer of piano, orchestral and film music
(Oscar and Golden Globe winner for the score of  ‘Atonement’)

 

“It’s most important to me that my music should engage and speak to today’s listener, and so I aim to express my ideas as clearly and directly as possible. My objective is to achieve a balance between accessibility and challenge in my work, to draw the listener and performer into a soundscape, without compromising the music’s power to be original and distinctive.

The stylistic features of my scores include a harmonic richness, and the dramatic contrast between passages comprising delicately orchestrated textures with clear melodic strands and those with an energetic rhythmic impetus. My musical vocabulary draws freely from a variety of musical influences and writing techniques, ranging from Baroque and classical music to jazz.” CH

 

Listen…

SWOOP
string orchestra/drama

From the razor-sharp opening string harmonics and cymbals, a driving impulse sets off as this orchestral crescendo heads towards its inevitable climax. 

 

FIRST SIGHT
chamber ensemble/tranquil

This excerpt aims to capture the apprehension, awe and joy of the very first glimpse of a wonder new and thrilling. For chamber ensemble, featuring solo violin and marimba.

solo violin: Simon Baggs, marimba: Pedro Carneiro

 

TWISTED SKYSCAPE (excerpts)
orchestral/concert work

Excerpts from a symphonic tone poem presenting a story about the ever-changing relationship between man and the natural world he inhabits. The dramatic journey explores the cycles and patterns of organic forms and their contrast with the linear, constructed elements of a man-made environment.

Originally written for woodwind orchestra to accompany a silent film entitled ‘Flux’.

 

SILVER STREETS
jazz ballad

Yearning and nostalgic, this jazz ballad has echoes of the colours and reflections in the rain-soaked pavements of city streets at twilight.

alto saxophone: Alam Nathoo

 

RING OUT, WILD BELLS
chamber ensemble/concert
work

Tender, solemn, mournful, searching and ultimately celebratory. Scored for wind quintet, string quintet and percussion.

solo violin: Timothy Birchall

 

SHARDS, REMEMBERED
piano and strings/contemporary classical

A nocturne—fragmented, delicate, melancholic and introspective. This score for piano, clarinet, marimba and strings makes use of melodic strands and open-voiced chords from a non-diatonic soundworld.

piano: Andrew Quartermain

 

THREE'S COMPANY
big band jazz

Punchy, brash and upbeat big band swing theme.

 

VANISHED SHADOWS
choir and strings/concert work

Based on ideas from ‘Dreamtide’ for unaccompanied choir, this piece is for mixed choir and string orchestra. This excerpt opens with warm, rich vocal harmony and builds towards an energetic, rhythmic choral groove.

featuring the Deloitte Choir

 

GIVE FROM YOUR HEART
Christmas carol

Uplifting and hopeful yuletide wishes abound in this sentimental and cosy original Christmas carol.

baritone: Grant Doyle

 

GOONHILLY FANFARE
woodwind orchestra/concert work

From the original version of ‘Twisted Skyscape’ (see track 3), scored for woodwind orchestra.

featuring the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble, conducted by Shea Lolin

 

FROM TREVILLET'S ROCKS
chamber orchestra/contemporary classical

A concert work for chamber orchestra, with rich non-diatonic harmony and dramatic contours to reflect the strange, magnificent and intriguing coastal landscape of Cornwall’s Rocky Valley.

 

IPHIGENIA'S THEME
theatre/orchestral

Firmly in a familiar, cinematic style, this piece for orchestra, voices and mandolin uses themes originally written for a theatre production of Euripedes’ Greek Tragedy, ‘Iphigenia At Aulis’.

mandolin: Jeremy Birchall

 

DREAMTIDE
choral/concert work

This excerpt is from the ending of a concert work written for unaccompanied mixed choir. The piece explores the soundscape and spirit of a dream, in which memories are melded, contorted and imbued with a heightened reality, the edges blurred. The text comprises fragments from poems about dreams by Lord Byron, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe and Amy Levy.

singers: Deloitte Choir, conducted by Tim Crosley

 

TWISTED SKYSCAPE (full opening section)
orchestral/concert work

Full opening section from a symphonic tone poem presenting a story about the ever-changing relationship between man and the natural world he inhabits. The dramatic journey explores the cycles and patterns of organic forms and their contrast with the linear, constructed elements of a man-made environment.

Originally written for woodwind orchestra to accompany a silent film entitled ‘Flux’.

All tracks composed and orchestrated by CH
© Copyright 2012 Christopher Hussey.
All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 

“…a fantastic palette of sound that splurged unusual harmony, creative rhythm and effects into an energetic musical whirlwind.”

John Holland   Winds magazine concert review 2011, reviewing ‘Twisted Skyscape’

 

“His clear and faultless scores allow musicians to get on with the job of music making. He has a great understanding of writing and arranging for individual instruments, creating his soundscape with ease.”

Shea Lolin   Conductor of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble

 

“His music is, at once, fun to play and insightful…there is always something ever so lyrical about it…He is, no doubt, one of the most interesting and stimulating composers I have worked with.”

Pedro Carneiro   Solo percussionist, Chief Conductor/Artistic Director of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra


“We found the piece challenging and exciting, a definite departure from our ‘comfort zone’ but one we enjoyed greatly, and we would jump at the chance to work with Chris again!”

Alastair Walsh    Singer in the Deloitte Choir (about Christopher’s collaboration with the choir and his piece ‘Dreamtide’)

 

“Chris was very professional to work with and was conscientious and dedicated to the commission.”

Tessa Marchington    Director of Music In Offices who commissioned ‘Dreamtide’

 

“He is logical, intelligent and passionate about his vocation as a composer whilst always identifying a much wider picture.”

Shea Lolin    Conductor of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble