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Steve Martland (born Liverpoolmarker, Englandmarker, 10 October 1959) is an Englishmarker composer.

Martland studied composition at Liverpool Universitymarker and in the Netherlandsmarker with Louis Andriessen. He works almost exclusively with artists outside classical institutions - Dutch and American groups, freelance musicians and especially his own Steve Martland Band which tours his music internationally. He has also worked with the King’s Singers and Evelyn Glennie for whom he wrote "Street Songs".

Usually amplified, muscular and powerfully rhythmic, his music has been extensively choreographed: "Dance Works" commissioned and premièred by London Contemporary Dance Theatre has received many new productions around the world, and "Remix" was awarded the SACD Prize for Video Dance Choreography Music.

His "Principia" was adopted as the theme music for the BBC radio programme The Music Machine, "Dance Works" is also used as the title music for a Dutch TV programme. He also wrote and directed A Temporary Arrangement with the Sea, a film about Louis Andriessen. In August 1998 he collaborated with the band Spiritualized on a project for the Flux Festival in Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker.

Martland’s preoccupation with the function of the composer in society is reflected in his commitment to music education. He has directed many composition projects in schools both at home and abroad and he initiated and runs Strike Out, his own annual composition course for school children.

His music is published by Schott.

Works

  • 1982 - Duo, trumpet and piano
  • 1982 - Kgakala, for solo piano
  • 1983 - Babi Yar, Large orchestra in 3 groups
  • 1984 - lotta continua, for orchestra and jazz orchestra
  • 1984 - Orc for horn and small orchestra
  • 1985 - American Invention, 13 players in 3 groups
  • 1985 - Remix, ensemble
  • 1985 - Remembering Lennon
  • 1986 - Shoulder to Shoulder, wind ensemble
  • 1986 - Dividing the Lines, for brass band
  • 1986 - Big Mac I
  • 1987 - Drill, for two piano's
  • 1987 - Big Mac II, for 9 players
  • 1988 - Glad Day (3 songs) for voice and 14 players
  • 1989 - Birthday Hocket, two pianos
  • 1989 - Principia, ensemble
  • 1989 - Skywalk, for unaccompanied chorus (SSATB)
  • 1990 - Crossing the Border, string ensemble
  • 1991 - Wolfgang, arrangements of Mozart for wind octet
  • 1991 - Perfect Act
  • 1992 - Patrol, string quartet
  • 1992 - Toccata and Fugue, BWV 565, string quartet (J. S. Bach, arr. Martland)
  • 1992 - Full Fathom Five, brass quintet
  • 1993 - Dance Works, two pianos (arrangement of work for ensemble)
  • 1994 - Mr Anderson's Pavane, for 10 players
  • 1995 - Beat the Retreat, 11 players
  • 1995 - Horses of Instruction, for 11 players
  • 1996 - Kick, for 11 players
  • 1996 - Thistle of Scotland for 10 players
  • 1997 - Eternal Delight, for 11 players
  • 1997 - Street Songs, marimba and vocal ensemble
  • 1997 - Jenny Jones, unaccompanied chorus (SSAATTBB)- part of Street Songs
  • 1997 - Summer Rounds, unaccompanied chorus (SSAATTBB)
  • 1997 - Three Carols, for unaccompanied chorus
  • 1997 - Shepard's Song, for unaccompanied chorus
  • 1998 - Hard Times, soloists and string ensemble
  • 1998 - Terminal for 5 players
  • 1998 - Fantazia 6, saxophone quartet (Henry Purcell, arr. Martland)
  • 1998 - Fantazia 7, trombone quartet (Henry Purcell, arr. Martland)
  • 1998 - Mr. Anderson's Pavane, two pianos (arrangement of work for ensemble)
  • 1999 - Step by Step, for wind octet
  • 1999 - Fairest Isle, for counter-tenor and wind octet (arrangements or Purcell)
  • 2003 - Plaint, for string ensemble
  • 2005 - Tiger Dancing, for string ensemble
  • 2007 - Eternity's Sunrise, for string ensemble
  • 2007 - Reveille, for string ensemble
  • 2007-08 - Starry Night for marimba and string quartet


Discography

  • 1989 - Babi Yar/Drill (Factory Classical)
  • 1990 - Orkest de Volharding. Shoulder to Shoulder (Attacca)
  • 1990 - Glad Day [featuring Sarah Jane Morris]. (Factory)
  • 1992 - Crossing the Border (Factory)
  • 1992 - Wolfgang (Factory)
  • 1994 - Patrol (Catalyst)
  • 1995 - The Factory Masters (Catalyst - reissue of Babi Yar/Drill & Crossing the Border)
  • 1998 - The King's Singers and Evelyn Glennie. The Street Songs (RCA Victor Red Seal)
  • 2001 - Horses Of Instruction (Black Box)
  • 2002 - Onyx Brass - Pavanes Fantasias Variations. Mr. Steve Martland after Mr. Henry Purcell: one note fantasy... (Meridian)
  • 2007 - Wallace Collection - Hammered Brass. Full Fathom Five (Linn)
  • 2009 - Britten Sinfonia 001 - Tiger Dancing {Songs of the Sky - Signum Classics}


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