THE MADRIGAL
CHOIR OF BINGHAMTON

More About Composer Barry Seaman
creator of "Bhajans", commissioned by the choir and premiered October 26, 2007

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Barry Seaman studied at York University from 1969 to 1972, specialising in composition.  Works have been produced in most media, and special interest is music as a healing process. He lectures in Language of Music, Orchestration and Technique of Music in the Music Technology course at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, UK

COMMISSIONS include:

Dance Numbers Piano duet (Harvey Dagul and Isabel Beyer; first performance Purcell Room, 1984)

Bobbing Joe Violin and piano (Brighton Festival; Abigal Young and Sophia Rahman 1986 [SE Arts])

Inside Out Dance piece (Linda Rickett; 1986)

3 Carols (Roedean School; 1986)

Opxhetpa 'Orchestra' for 21 performers (GLA/Nettlefold Festival for London debut of Jane's Minstrels)

Hawking Alto solo, harp, chorus and strings (Sussex Philharmonic Choir)

The Consoling Song Chorus and piano trio (Brighton Singers 2002)

Bhajans                3 solo voices, SATB chorus and instrumental ensemble (Madrigal Choir of Binghamton 2007)

 

BROADCAST WORKS:

Chamber Music Book I Jane Manning (soprano) David Mason (piano) (BBC Radio 3 recital)

The Jacquard Loom Dance 12 performers; Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez

and Aeterne Rerum Conditor (BBC Radio 3 "Music in our Time")

Feature   Work with new technology in "Scene and Heard" (BBC Radio Kent)

 

PRIZEWINNING WORKS:

Viols   String Sextet (Mid Northumbria Arts Group/Northern Sinfonia 1983)

Lovely Joan Piano duet (Wangford Festival 1983)

Chamber Music Chorus

Book V   (NFMS/Allegri Singers 1986)

 Song after Song Chorus and keyboards (Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize commendation 1982)

Sarah Tisdall Chorus, piano, organ and percussion

   (Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize commendation 1984)

The Jacquard Loom (Finzi Prize runner-up 1986)

Dance and Aeterne

Rerum Conditor

Chain   Voices and instruments 

   (Jane's Minstrels Motto Theme competition joint winner 1988)

Chamber Music Chorus and piano

Book IIIa (Gregynog Composers Award of Wales 1992 Highly Commended

     William Byrd Singers)

 

PUBLISHED WORKS:

Mass : The Cutty Wren SSAATB - First performance by Allegri Singers, conductor Paul Stevens,

   St John's Smith Square, 1987 - OUP

Angels 2 voices and keyboard - PREMIERE

Gabriel's Greeting Female voice and organ - OUP
(available on Madrigal Choir of Binghamton CD "Joy in the Morning")

 

RECENT WORKS:

Music for silent film Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch Grozny (Alexander Ivanov-Gai 1915)

Completed 2003

Performances:

Academy of Vocal Arts/Philadelphia Opera Guild –March 2003.

San Jose Opera Guild – April 2003.

University of Pennsylvania, March 2003.

 

Music for silent film The Lif of Richard Wagner (Carl Froelich 1913)

Completed 2004

Performances:

Wagner Society of N. California (University of California). November 2004.

George Washington University/Wagner Society of Washington DC, November 2004.

Scandinavian Institute, New York/Wagner Society of NYC, February 2005.

Parr Lecture Theatre (Boston Public Library)/Wagner Society of Boston,, February 2005.

Buxton Opera Festival, UK Lecture/screening, July 2005.

Seattle Opera Company, as part of the 2005 Ring Cycle, August 2005.

The Wagner Society of Chicago, November 2005.

The London Wagner Society, "The Life of Richard Wagner", March 2006.

Canadian Opera Company/University of Toronto, as part of the 2006 Ring Cycle September 2006.

 

Bhajans               

Completed 2007

3 solo voices, SATB chorus and instrumental ensemble (Madrigal Choir of Binghamton 2007)

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