Michael S. Horwood

Discography

Percussionique  (2009)
Devil's Dance  (2009)
Cult Figures - Electroacoustic Music from Canada  (2008)
Suite and Serious  (2007)
Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 10  (2007)
Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 3  (2004)
Tango Diablo!  (2003)
Canadian Compositions for Young Pianists  (2003)
Brass Feast  (2002)
For the Birds  (2000)
Motility  (2000)
A Long Time Ago Into the Future  (1998)
Recordings on LP
Recordings on Tape Cassette
Other Recordings


Percussionique  (2009)

Percussionique CD coverDynamite, Fragments, Little Bow Piece, Mathematics, Piece Percussionique No. 1, Piece Percussionique No. 3, Piece Percussionique No. 4, Piece Percussionique No. 5, Piece Percussionique No. 6 and The Shadow of Your Drum are featured on the Albany Records CD, Percussionique, the complete percussion works of Michael S. Horwood (TROY1122), recorded by the Toronto Percussion Ensemble and released in July 2009.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, Albany Records or the Canadian Music Centre.

The following sound clips are taken from the Albany Records CD.

Dynamite (full score from time code 0:31 to 2:37)
Fragments (bars 1 to 9 and bars 27 to 30)
Little Bow Piece (bars 1 to 12 and bars 94 to 112)
Mathematics (from time index 1:40 to the end)
Piece Percussionique No. 1 (bars 1 to 15, bars 61 to 87 and bars 92 to 103)
Piece Percussionique No. 3 (bars 1 to 28, bars 288 to 353 and the ending of the second movement)
Piece Percussionique No. 4 (bars 1 to 14 and bars 100 to 152)
Piece Percussionique No. 5 (from time index 1:30 to 2:40 and 8:00 to 9:02 and the central duet)
Piece Percussionique No. 6, Requiem (midpoint from bars 43 to 66)
The Shadow of Your Drum (ending)

Devil's Dance  (2009)

Devil's Dance CD coverMicroduet No. 8 is featured on the CLEF Records CD, Devil's Dance (09008-2) released in March 2009 by the Warszynski Trio. The work was performed by Tatiana Warszynski (violin) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (tam tam).

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood or the Canadian Music Centre.

Cult Figures - Electroacoustic Music from Canada  (2008)

Cult Figures CD coverMonday Afternoon is featured on the Centrediscs CD, Cult Figures - Electroacoustic Music from Canada (CMCCD 13908), released in November 2008. The CD features a collection of electroacoustic works by Canadian composers, including Rolf Boon, Reinhard von Berg, Aris Carastathis, Ian Crutchley, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, Michael Horwood, Michael Matthews, Robert Morin, Don Ross and Helve Sastok.

The CD can be ordered from the Canadian Music Centre, CD Universe or HB Recordings Direct.

The following sound clips of Monday Afternoon are taken from the Centrediscs CD.

Opening minute
From around minute 4:00 to 4:50
From around minute 8:00 to 8:25
The final 43 seconds

Suite and Serious  (2007)

Suite and Serious CD coverAmusement Park Suite, National Park Suite, Intravariations and Symphony No. 1 are featured on the Albany Records CD, Suite and Serious (TROY943), recorded in January 2007 by Sinfonia Varsovia of Warsaw, Poland (conducted by Ian Hobson) and released in July 2007. This is the first volume of a projected three volumes of Horwood's complete music for symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, Albany Records, Amazon.com, the Canadian Music Centre or HB Recordings Direct.

See a promotional video of Suite and Serious at Yellowstone National Park staring the composer himself.

The following sound clips are taken from the Albany Records CD.

Amusement Park Suite, The Sky Ride (fanfare and principal theme)
Amusement Park Suite, The Carousel (opening to first statement of "B" section)
Amusement Park Suite, The Roller Coaster (principal theme after introduction and second theme)
National Park Suite, Bryce Canyon National Park (all of first "A" section)
National Park Suite, Yellowstone National Park (first half of the movement)
National Park Suite, Jasper National Park (ending)
Intravariations, Maestoso (principal theme, after introductory piano cadenza)
Intravariations, Poco meno mosso (all of Variation 2 and beginning of Variation 3)
Intravariations, Adagio (second statement of piano theme in Variation 4 with solo violins' decorations)
Intravariations, Burleska (first half of Variation 8)
Intravariations, Coda (first section of the coda)
Symphony No. 1, Movement 1, Allegro Frammenti (opening with a few of the "fragments")
Symphony No. 1, Movement 2, Passacaglia Funebre (opening up to the beginning of the middle section)
Symphony No. 1, Movement 3, Vivace in Moto Perpetuo (opening "A" section of the Rondo form)

Reviews

"The two 'serious' works on the program, Symphony No. 1 and Intravariations (for piano and orchestra), have all the same qualities of the lighter works: a deft orchestral touch and a real sense of purpose, an accuracy of expression and clarity of vision that let you know right away that you're in good hands... Collectors take note: this is 80 minutes of terrific music by a composer of real personality and style. Try it. I feel certain you'll want more." (David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, Oct. 9, 2007)

"[This CD] will help stimulate performances of Horwood's music and allay the fears of prospective concertgoers faced with the prospect of an unfamiliar name on the program - don't worry folks, this guy isn't going to bite you." (Uncle Dave Lewis, allmusic.com, Jan. 2008)

"Albany's orchestral sound, captured in Poland, is fine and a credit to these works... Musically, it's pretty good, too.
"... themes stay in the mind.
"... all this music is undemanding and enjoyable, straight off... the disc is recommended." (Paul Ingram, Fanfare Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2008)

"... an excellent performance of worthwhile music in good sonics... Horwood's own unique musical language is expressed in an overall style of romanticism." (John Sunier, Audiophile Audition, Nov. 4, 2008)

Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 10  (2007)

Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 10 CD coverThree Interludes is featured on the ERM Media CD, Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 10 (ERM-6812), recorded and released in March 2007 by the Kiev Philharmonic and conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. This double CD features orchestral and choral music by Richard M. Audd, Jason V. Barabba, Greg Bartholomew, Edward Bogushevsky, John Celentano, Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Samuel O. Douglas, L. John Ernst, Michael S. Horwood, Demetrios Katis, Paul Kwo, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Jonathan Little, Marianella Machado, Michael Mauldin, R. A. Moulds, Christina Rusnak, David P. Sartor, Michael Sidney Timpson, Daniel P. Wade, Ronald J. Williams and David Witmer.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, Amazon.com, or HB Recordings Direct.

The following sound clips of Three Interludes are taken from the ERM Media CD.

Interlude 1, Tranquillo (from the beginning to the start of the middle section)
Interlude 2, Largissimo cantabile (ending)
Interlude 3, Scherzino (ending and coda)

Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 3  (2004)

Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 3 CD coverSix Chromosomes is featured on the ERM Media CD, Masterworks of the New Era, Vol. 3 (ERM-6704), recorded and released in September 2004 by the Kiev Philharmonic and conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. This double CD features orchestral and chamber music by Timothy Cutler, Michael S. Horwood, Jonathan D. Little, Charles Norman Mason, Alejandro Rutty, Michael Sidney Timpson and Mark Volker.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, Amazon.com, or HB Recordings Direct.

The following sound clip of Six Chromosomes is taken from the ERM Media CD.

Chromosome 1, Rondo

Tango Diablo!  (2003)

Tango Diablo! CD coverHorizontal Tango is featured on the Sept Jardins CD, Tango Diablo! (SJCD-1910), released in November 2003. The CD features a collection of tangos for solo piano including works by Albeniz, Berkman, Biscardi, Bright, Hill, Horwood, Kolb, Loudova, Piazzolla, Sahl, Schimmel, Schulhoff, Sosa and Stravinsky. All works are performed by Louise Bessette.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood or Louise Bessette.

The following sound clip of Horizontal Tango is taken from the Sept Jardins CD.

Statement of main theme

Canadian Compositions for Young Pianists  (2003)

Canadian Compositions for Young Pianists CD coverTraffic from Three Landscapes is featured on the Studea Musica CD, Canadian Compositions for Young Pianists (BR1336), recorded and released in November 2003. All works are performed by Elaine Keillor.

The CD can be ordered from the Canadian Music Centre.

Brass Feast  (2002)

Brass Feast CD coverAsteroids and Brass-Fast are featured on the Echiquier CD, Brass Feast (ECD 007), recorded in September 1999 by the Niagara Brass Ensemble and released in January 2002.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood or the Canadian Music Centre.

The following sound clips are taken from the Echiquier CD.

Asteroids (transition from the opening to the principal fast section)
Brass-Fast (introduction and first theme)

For the Birds  (2000)

For the Birds CD coverBirds is featured on the CD For the Birds, released in July 2000 by Fleur de Son Classics (FDS 57944). The CD features various works for piccolo performed by Laurence Trott. John Landis is the pianist in the Birds recording. The Fleur de Son recording of Birds is a digital re-mastering of the Spectrum Records LP recording (SR-156) from July 1982.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, the Canadian Music Centre, Fleur de Son, Amazon.com or HB Recordings Direct.

The following sound clips of Birds are taken from the Fleur de Son CD.

Movement 2, Birds in Art and Symbol (piccolo's entry following the piano introduction)
Movement 4, Strange Birds (opening)
Movement 8, Birds in Flight (opening)

Motility  (2000)

Motility CD coverMotility 1, Fugue for Sam 2 and Tantrum IV 3 are featured on the CD, Motility, released in July 2000 by Furiant Records (FMDC-4608-2).

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood or the Canadian Music Centre.

The following sound clips are taken from the Furiant Records CD.

Motility (from time index 12:43)
Motility (from time index 21:17)
Motility (from time index 26:50)
Fugue for Sam (opening fugal statement)
Tantrum IV (a continuation of the tension from countdown mark 39 through 26)

1 Re-issue of a recording in January 1986 by Michael Horwood (harpsichord and percussion) and John Brownell (percussion).
2 Re-issue of the independent cassette release Voices New & Old.
3 The same realization as the independent cassette release, Voices New & Old, but with a revised ending substituted in August 1999.

A Long Time Ago Into the Future  (1998)

A Long Time Ago Into the Future CD coverBroken Chords is featured on the Furiant Records CD, A Long Time Ago Into the Future (FMDC-4613-2), recorded and released in July 1998. The CD features solo piano works from Canadian composers, including Michael Horwood, Talivaldis Kenins, Mary Gardiner and Larysa Kuzmenko. All works are performed by pianist Mary Kenedi.

The CD can be ordered from Michael Horwood, Amazon.com, the Canadian Music Centre, or Mary Kenedi.

The following sound clip of Broken Chords is taken from the Furiant Records CD.

A passage representing the generally relaxed mood of the piece, occurring about five minutes into the sixteen work

Recordings on LP

Convergence LP front coverConvergence LP back coverHistoric issue of vintage performances by Horwood's free-improvisation group Convergence are available on a limited edition, analog stereo LP. The quintet performs on trumpet, trombone, piano and a large array of percussion instruments. Recorded live at the Music Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) on March 18, 1979 and released on LP in July 2012 (Bennifer Editions, #129).

The LP can be ordered directly from Bennifer Editions.

The following video clips are available at YouTube.

Convergence 1 (14:42)
Convergence 2 (7:57)
Convergence 3 (1:54)

Reviews

"Fascinating unearthing ... the group walk the line between free jazz, avant classical performance and weirdo communal freak with considerable aplomb ... another thrilling chapter in the secret history of 20th century free music ... recommended." (David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue, Aug. 2012)

"... overtaking all avenues of free jazz for approaches that are akin to meditation." (Metamkine, Aug. 2012)

Other Recordings on LP

The following works were available on LP, but are now out of print. The exception is Overture which may be ordered from Michael's son, Jacob Horwood.

Birds [Recorded in July 1982] Laurence Trott, piccolo. John Landis, piano. Spectrum Records. SR-156.
Dynamite [Recorded in January 1983] John Brownell, piano. Gerald Heslip, percussion. Opus One Records. Op. One No. 58.
Overture for Piano Player and Two Assistants [Recorded in September 1977] Joseph Kubera, piano. Michael Horwood, assistant. Opus One Records. Op. One No. 36.
Piece Percussionique No. 5 [Recorded in January 1982] John Brownell and Gerald Heslip, percussion. Opus One Records. Op. One No. 61.
Six Pieces for Piano [Recorded in April 1983] Rebecca LaBrecque, piano. Opus One Records. Op. One No. 85.

Recordings on Tape Cassette

Voices New and Old coverThe Pattern from Words, Tantrum IV, Microduet No. 7, Exit To Your Left (tape track only), Fugue for Sam and Can't Get Out are featured on the Sound of Pig compilation Voices New & Old (SOP 250).

Other Recordings

Additionally, Michael Horwood has a large personal archive of other works which have been recorded under auspices which do not permit him to sell or distribute multiple copies. However, for purposes of auditioning a work for potential performance, an exception can usually be made. In these cases, it is probably best to contact Michael and discuss your particular situation or needs.

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