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2020

Music for Lectures/Get Lost,  text by Wendy Houstoun

Speaker and rock band  [30’] 

Part of a series of talks set to music.

Conceived by Burrows&Fargion. Performed by Wendy Houstoun, Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion. Podcast version commissioned by GIFT Festival

2019

Let us stop this mad rush towards the end

Voice, piano, orchestra, dancer. [18’]

Conceived and directed by Burrows&Fargion, commissioned by London Contemporary Music Festival 2019, performed by the LCMF Orchestra, (dir. Jack Sheen),  Francesca Fargion and Claire Godsmark.

 

Penelope Sleeps (an opera), text by Mette Edvardsen 

Soprano, harmonium, Korg synthesiser, speaking voice  [90’]

Text, concept and direction by Mette Edvardsen, commissioned by Kunsten Festival Brussels, performed by Angela Hicks, Mette Edvardsen, Matteo Fargion

 

We Have to Dress Gorgeously,  with Andrea Spreafico

2 voices, 3 pianos (tuned to 334Hz,440Hz,446Hz)  [60']

A sung punk history of music. Devised and directed by Andrea Spreafico and commissioned by Borealis Festival, Bergen. Performed by Robert M Johanson, Matteo Fargion, Martha Berit, Belt Mai Goto and Håkon Sjøvik Olsen

 

Flowers (we are), with Claire Croize

Piano, synthesiser, voices, percussion, ring modulation  [90']

A dance piece by Claire Croize, commissioned by the Concertgebouw Brugge. Music performed by Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion

 

Good Morning Milton Keynes!, with Andrea Spreafico 

Brass band and chamber choir [15']

Commissioned by Festival of Urban Living, Milton Keynes

2018

 

The Solo Piece

Dance solo [23’]

Commissioned by Labor Sonor, Berlin

 

Music For Lectures/Every word was once an animal, text by Mette Edvardsen

Speaker and rock band [35’]

Part of a series of talks set to music.

Conceived by Burrows&Fargion. Performed by Mette Edvardsen, Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion

 

Music for Lectures/ She Dancing, text by Katie Coe

Speaker and rock band [18']

Part of a series of talks set to music.

Conceived by Burrows&Fargion. Performed by Katie Coe, Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion

 

Extremely Pedestrian Chorales, with Karl Jay Lewin 

Dance piece with pre-recorded music and optional live choir  [45’]

Performed by Ellie Sikorski/Janine Fletcher, Claire Godsmark, Neil Callaghan, Karl Jay Lewin

 

 

2017

 

Seven Dialogues

Dance piece with live music [60’]

Commissioned by Dance On, Berlin, for their debut tour

Concept, direction and music by Matteo Fargion. Choreography by Ivo Dimchev, Hetain Patel, Lucy Suggate, Noe Soulier, Beth Gill, Tim Etchells and Etienne Guilloteau

 

Any Table Any Room 

Dance piece for 6 performers and 36 clay objects  [45']

Conceived and directed by Burrows&Fargion

 

Violin & Piano Music

Violin, piano, pre-recorded voice [15']

Commissioned by 840, performed by Ruben Zilberstein and Mateusz Rettner

 

Vive la Phrance, with Andrea Spreafico

For dancer, actor and musician (piano, voice, melodica, mandolin, ring modulation)  [90’]

Performed by Robert M Johanson, Mate Meszaros, Matteo Fargion

 

Music for oslo

Chamber choir seated in audience [22’]

For Mette Edvardsen’s solo performance oslo

Irrlicht

conceived and performed by Burrows&Fargion

2 voices, rattles, mouth organs [10’]

Commissioned for the opening night of the Musikfestival Bern

 

Five Loud Portraits 

Rock band and 5 seated artists [15']

Conceived and directed by Burrows&Fargion

Sung portraits of 5 local artists, performed at Meteor Festival, Bergen, by Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion

 

 

 

2016

 

52 Portraits

voices, various midi and other instruments, dancers, [140’]

Year long online project consisting of short 'portrait' films of 52 performers with biographical songs. Made with Jonathan Burrows and film maker Hugo Glendinning. Music performed by Francesca Fargion & Matteo Fargion. Commissioned by Sadlers Wells Theatre.

 

Der Moderne Tanz

Piano and voice, dancer [15]

Conceived and directed by Burrows&Fargion

Performance/ installation commissioned by the Art-Music-Dance Staging for the Derrida de Moroda Archive exhibition, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. Choreographed and performed by Claire Godsmark, music by Matteo Fargion. Film By Hugo Glendinning

 

2015

Eleanor and Flora Music 

Dance piece [35’]

Concept and direction by Burrows&Fargion, choreography by Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, commissioned by Nora

 

2014

Body Not Fit For Purpose

Mandolin and voice, dancer, [30’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion. Commissioned by the Venice Biennale

 

The Madonna Project

Melodica, voice, dance, [15’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion. Commissioned by the Venice Biennale

 

Rebelling Against Limit (a lecture/concert)

Piano pieces, speaker, slides  [12’]

Text by Jonathan Burrows, Drawings by Peter Rapp, Music by Matteo Fargion.

 

Songbook 

2 performers at tables, mouth organs [15’]

Commissioned and performed by Tim Parkinson and James Saunders

 

The Elders Project

Dance piece with songs [30’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion and a cast of older dancers. Commissioned by the Elixir Festival, Sadlers Wells

 

 

2013

Extremely bad dancing to extremely French music, with Karl Jay Lewin 

Piano, bass drum, kazoo, rattle and dance [45’] 

Conceived and directed by Karl Jay Lewin and Matteo Fargion. Performed by Karl Jay Lewin and Tim Parkinson

 

10 ABA Pieces

Piano [15’]

Written for Tim Parkinson

Music for Vor dem Ruhestand 

String quartet  [25']

Incidental music for Elmar Goerden's production of Thomas Berhard's play for the Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna

 

Show & Tell  (a lecture/concert) 

Piano and 2 speaking voices, film  [40']

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

 

 

2012

Music for John Gabriel Borkman

Incidental music for Elmar Goerden's production of Ibsen's play for the Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna

One Flute Note 

Dance piece with pre-recorded music on midi instruments  [30’] 

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

 

Counting to One Hundred

Dance piece with pre-recorded music for multi-tracked voice and midi instruments [30’] 

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

 

 

2011

 

Wrong Songs

Dance Piece [20']

Commissioned and performed by Mapdance, Chichester

 

6 Songs for Gill

Dance piece, [18’]

Commissioned by Trinity Laban, performed by BA 3rd year students

 

 

2010

 

Shouting Dance

Dance piece for teenagers, piano  [30’]

Conceived and directed by Burrows&Fargion and performed by 12 teenagers and Matteo Fargion. Commissioned by Cultuurcentrum Hasselt and Dans in Limberg, Belgium

Songbook 

4 speaking and singing dancers, mouth organs [20’]

Commissioned as part of Rotor by Siobhan Davies Dance. Performed by Charlie Morrissey, Annie Lok, Lindsey Butcher and  Andrea Buckley

 

 

2009

 

Music for The Question Room

Piano and slides  [60']

Installation commissioned by the Science Museum, London

 

Cheap Lecture

Live and pre-recorded piano, 2 voices [30’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

 

The Cow Piece

Dance duet with 12 plastic cows, harmonium, melodeon, mandolin, mouth organs, voices, [30’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

 

22

Minutes

Dance/music piece with harmonium, ukuleles, voice, dancer  [180’]

Part of The Collection by Siobhan Davies, premiered at Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Performed by Catherine Bennett and Matteo Fargion

2008

 

Dancing Songs

Dance piece, [20’]

Commissioned by Trinity Laban, performed by BA 3rd year students

 

2007

Music for Two Quartets

Midi instruments, voices, [60’]

Commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance

2006

Music for Schändung

Incidental music for Elmar Goerden's production of the Botho Strauß play for the Schauspielhaus, Bochum

 

Speaking Dance

Mouth organs, melodica, voices, dancer, tape, [45’]

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

2005

The Quiet Dance

Dance duet, pre-recorded birds calls  [30’] 

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

2004

 

Music for Long Day’s Journey into Night

Multi-tracked harmonium  [21’]

Incidental music for Elmar Goerden's production of  Eugene O’Neill: Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht for the Salzburger Festspiele/Residenztheater München

 

2003

String Quartet no 4 (Bow Songs)

String quartet  [4’]

Part of The Bow Project, devised by Michael Blake, performed by the Nightingale Quartet

 

Das Kontingent 

arranged for  piano duet and voices [25’]

A version of the oratorio of the same name, commissioned for a reading at the Royal Court Theatre, London

 

Double Dickie

2 pianos [15’]

Written for piano duo Post & Mulder

2002

Both Sitting Duet

Dance duet [45’] 

Conceived, directed and performed by Burrows&Fargion

Winner of a Bessie Award, New York

 

Music for Rodogune

Child's voice and electronics [16']

Incidental music for Elmar Goerden's production of Pierre Corneille play, for the Residenz Theater, Munich

Music for The Girl on the Sofa

Piano, electronics, voice [17]

Incidental music for Thomas Ostermeier’s production of the Jon Fosse’s play, performed at the Edinburgh Festival

2001

 

Music for Vor Langer Zeit im Mai

Piano  [8']

Incidental music for  Elmar Goerden's production of Roland Schimmelpfennig's play, for the  Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel im Haus der Kunst, Munich

 

 

2000

 

You May Not Want To Be Here

violin, prepared piano, speaking voices. [30']

After a concept by Bruce Nauman, conceived and performed by Marc Sabat and Matteo Fargion at the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

Das Kontingent (an oratorio)

Violin, cello, trombone, piano, actors/singers  [60’]

Text by Soeren Voima, commissioned by Schaubühne Berlin

 

Music for Die Schwärmer

4 Guitars  [18']

Written for Elmar Goerden's production of the Robert Musil play, for the Staatstheater. Stuttgart

 

1999

Lucio Infelice

Soprano, tenor, fortepiano [15’]

Music for Singing, a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows

 

Opera Studies

Piano [16']

Written for Stephen Clarke

 

1998

 

Jeremy James 

Multiple midi pianos [18']

Music for Minty, a dance piece by Jeremy James

 

Donna che Beve

Short concert version for 3 amplified cardboard boxes  [8’]

 

Music for Hedda Gabler,

Prepared piano [16’]

Stage music for Hedda Gabler directed by Elmar Goerden, Stuttgarter Staatstheater

 

Music for Stiletto

Prepared piano, violin, midi instruments [7’]

Film score for a short film by Adam Roberts, (Channel 4/BFI) written, performed and produced together with Marc Sabat

 

2 Lines

Wind ensemble  [11’]

Written for the Nederlands Wind Ensemble

Le Bellezze D’Hortensia (an opera)  

Soprano, tenor, baritone, 2 pianos  [40’]

Commissioned by Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

 

Music for Aka Blue 

Multiple guitars [12']

Music for a dance piece by Karl Jay Lewin

 

Jonathan Burrows

Piano, clarinet, trombone, cello [14’]

Written for Quartet Avance, Freiburg

1997

Tosca Songs

Soprano, piano [19']

Written for Beth Griffith and Dorothea Eppendorf

 

Music for Bank

Multi-tracked Bodhrans, bass guitars, mouth organs; 3 amplified cardboard boxes [30'] 

Dance score commissioned by Siobhan Davies

Cello Songs

Cello [11']

 Written for Sophie Harris

 

Janet Topp 

Violin & piano [12’]

Written for Clemens Merkel and Dorothea Eppendorf

 

Music for All Together

Singing pianist with foot rattle  [8’]

Written for a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows

 

Floatweave II

Percussion, piano, trombone [12’]

Commissioned by Quartet Avance, Freiburg

 

Da Noi III

Voice, prepared piano, violin, rattle [5']

Written for the dance piece Tinnuts by Karl Jay Lewin

 

Donna a Cavallo 

Virginals  [8’]

Written for Sophie Yates, commissioned by BBC Radio 3

 

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1996

 

Float Weave

Piano, percussion  [12']

Commissioned by London New Music

 

Donna che Beve

Large Bass drum [17']

Written for Robyn Schulkowsky

 

Da Noi I & I I

Voices, clavichord, violin, prepared piano, rattle, body percussion

Written for dance pieces by Jeremy James

1995

 

Sette Canzoni

Harpsichord [16’]

Part of the music for The Art of Touch, a dance piece by Siobhan Davies.

Performed by Carole Cerasi

 

Duetti, with Kevin Volans

Multiple pianos, Irish coins [45']

Music for The Stop Quartet, a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows

1994

 

Sette Canzoni (String Quartet No.3)

String quartet [16’]

Written for the Modern Quartet, Toronto

 

Piano Quartet

Piano, violin, viola, cello [13']

Commissioned by Simon Jackson, performed by London New Music

 

Music for Body

Violin, cello, piano,  [5’] 

Film score for a short film by Adam Roberts, commissioned by Channel4/BFI

1993

 

Senza Titolo (50 Pieces for violin and piano)

Violin, piano  [20’]

Written for Charles Mutter and Sally Rose

 

Piano Quintet

Piano, string quartet [17’]

Written for the Balanescu Quartet and Andrew Ball

Music for Our

Tape  [45’]

Music for a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows

1992

 

Hungarian Songbook

Tenor, piano  [12’]

Music for Very, a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows

Lullaby

Tenor, piano [2’]

 

1991

 

11 Notturni

Piano [11’]

Written for Noriko Kawai

Separate Lives

Trombone, piano [13’]

Music for Mickey Finn

Violin, viola, cello [ 9’]

Music for a short film by Adam Roberts (Grand Prix du Jury, Angers International Film Festival)

 

2nd Piano Trio

Violin, cello, piano  [12’]

 

1990

 

Still Life

 Piano and optional counter tenor  [25’]

 Music for a dance piece by Joachim Schloemer

 

Three Trumpets

Trumpet and pre-recorded trumpets  [10’]

 

Pinkelpause

Piano, violin, cello [12’]

Commissioned by London New Music

 

Initiations Voluptueuses

Tenor, piano [ 2’]

Text by Roger Clarke

 

Dull Morning

Piano [ 20’]

 

Music for Outside

String Quartet, piano [5']

Music for a short film by Adam Roberts

 

1989

 

Passi Tardi

Bass clarinet, percussion  [11’]

Winner of Sonorities Prize for Composition, Belfast. Performed by Roger Heaton and Robyn Schulkowsky.

 

Trio

Clarinet, bass clarinet, piano [ 7’]

Written for London New Music

 

Dull Morning Cloudy Mild

2 violins, trumpet, piano, sax, double bass [45’]

Music for a dance piece by Jonathan Burrows.

 

Two Pianos & Viola

2 pianos, viola [13’]

Written for a dance duet by Chick Eldridge

 

Two Pieces

 Flute, guitar, double bass [3’]

1988

 

Piano Quintet

Piano & string quartet  [11’]

 

No Flowers

Organ [5’]

 

Passi Tardi

Crotales  [11’]

Written for Robyn Schulkowsky

 

Low Budget Tango

Flute, alto sax, guitar, violin, piano  [3’]

 

1987

 

Amnesia

2 clarinets, violin, viola, cello, piano  [16’]

Commissioned by London New Music

 

2nd String Quartet (10 Frugal Pieces)

String quartet [10’]

Performed by The Balanescu Quartet, ICA, London

1986

 

L’Ultima Follia

Piano [30’]

Written for John Flinders

 

Two Pianos

2 pianos  [3’]

 

Ladder with View

Flute [7’]

Written for Nancy Ruffer

 

6 Songs for Accordion & Howard

Singing accordionist [10’]

Written for Howard Skempton

 

6 Songs for Accordion & Howard

Arr. for baritone & string qt

Arr. for baritone & piano

 

Widow Bird

Soprano, glockenspiel, [4’]

1985

Piece for Piano

 Piano with practice pedal  [7’]

 

Full Fadom Five

Choir SATB [5’]

 

Pining for Madame Lupukhov

String quartet [10’]

 

Blood on the dining room floor

Flute, viola, trombone, marimba  [10’]

 

Low Budget Jazz

Trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass guitar, drums set, speaking voice,  [5’]

 

Trio

 Flute, cello, piano  [11’]

 

1984

 

Piece for 2 Pianos

 2 pianos, [11’]

First performed by Kevin Volans and Uwe Diegel

 

From A to B and BAck Again   

Saxophone quartet, crotales, drum set  [13’]

 

Piano Oboe Double Bass

Piano, oboe, double bass [8’]

 

1983

 

6 Songs, texts by John Lennon

Soprano, piano [12’]

First performed by Beth Griffiths and Kevin Volans