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MARTIN BUSSEY

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TIMELESS FIGURE

A collaboration with photographer Laurel Turton

'A 45-minute tour de force...imaginative writing for marimba, clarinet and viola...some striking textures...the vocal line being expressive and singer-friendly yet highly wrought.' - planethugill.com, 2020

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TIMELESS FIGURE REVIVED

November 2023 saw a highly successful revival of Timeless Figure at The Brownlow Centre, Whitchurch & International Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester. 

Over the weekend more than 80 people, many new to contemporary music theatre, enjoyed watching baritone Peter Edge brilliantly reprise the role of clockmaker Joyce that he created at the 2020 Tete-a-Tete Festiva. He was expertly and idiomatically accompanied by Dan Mawson, clarinet, Ellie Waddington, viola and Sophie Smith, marimba. against a background of commissioned, synchronised images by Laurel Turton, projected by Stephen Hyde.

more details and score at Composers Edition

Photos below

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NEW PIANO PIECES!

More music from Shocklach, Martin's home for the past 8 years on the borders of Cheshire & Wales. Or rather, music inspired by trips and visits.

Three new piano pieces are available from September 1 from Composers Edition.

Click on the titles to see sample scores and product notes.

Then click in the panels below and head to see Martin introduce and play the works on YouTube.

Christopher and Mary Dove

Cottage at East Bergholt

Stirling Statues

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LA ROSSA

FOR SOLO FLUTE


Premiered JUNE 14 2023 by

Emma Halnan

As part of 

Pinner Music Festival

La Rossa is a metamorphosis of themes from A Brother Abroad, a work for Baritone and three instruments, commissioned from Martin Bussey by Pinner Music Festival and first performed in June 2021. 

The work explores themes from the longer work which is focused on the life of the 14th century Bishop Peter of Corbavia. It centres on themes associated with Bishop Peter’s birthplace, Bologna, for which La Rossa is a nickname. Other themes are associated in the longer work with Peter’s spirituality and his transcending secular turmoil.

This solo work highlights many aspects of flute technique and presents diverse challenges. It received its first performance on June 14, 2023 at Pinner Music Festival, performed by Emma Halnan.

score available from Composers Edition

Below, Martin introduces Emma's performance

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MARTIN TALKS!

Yes - he does!

Martin Bussey frequently gives talks about a wide range of musical genres, composers and individual works. He presents lively, engaging and expertly informed presentations. These build on 25 years teaching at Chetham's School of Music and his long-standing connection with amateur musicians. He regularly talks about his own music, most recently to the Friends of Southwell Cathedral, presenting the musical journey behind his CD In no strange land

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MARTIN TALKS FREQUENTLY AT SOUTHWELL MUSIC FESTIVAL

2022: MARTIN TALKS ABOUT HIS OWN MUSIC AT LAKE DISTRICT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ALONG WITH CECILIA MCDOWALL

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MARTIN HAS RECORDED A NUMBER OF TALKS ABOUT THE MUSIC OF GERALD FINZI AVAILABLE ON HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE

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ASHES UNDER URICON

In January 2023 Martin visited the site of the Roman city of Uricon, near Wroxeter in Shropshire. The substantial remains above ground are dominated by 'The Old Work' a substantial piece of Roman wall. Together with much evidence of Roman masonry incorporated into the local buildings, the site has inspired a sequence of songs for voice and piano, currently being written. Texts include Dickens' account of the 1859 excavations, complete with concern from the local farmer for the impact on his turnips, and passages from Wilfred Owen's poem inspired by the site. More photos below: