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Paul Barker

Paul Barker

Paul Barker's compositions include orchestral works, choral works, vocal music, chamber music, percussion music, operas, music theatre, dance theatre and theatre productions. Sixteen chamber operas - many of them recorded and televised - have been performed at major international festivals in the UK and Mexico. El Gallo, an opera without text for six actors and two string quartets (commissioned by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes in 2009) will receive its 100th performance in 2011; it is also being recorded and filmed. Orchestral works include a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by the London Mozart Players and premiered by Tasmin Little. An early orchestral work was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize. His clarinet quintet, In Memoriam, was commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet and Joan Lluna in 2004 and has to date received many international performances in Spain, Holland, Serbia, Ireland, London etc, and received outstanding reviews. In common with much of his recent music, the element of performance, sometimes theatrical, plays a prominent role. He has received many commissions for dance scores notably at the Edinburgh Festival and worked on over 50 theatrical productions internationally.

2010 saw the start of the International tour of "El Gallo" in Spain, the US & the UK; the premiere of "Hello, Mr Darwin"; an opera for schools, commissioned by Opera UK and his solo piano piece "La Malinche: transcription for solo piano" at the Festival Cervantino, Mexico. In February 2011, his musical "Sigrun's Fire" with book and lyrics by Stephen Clark, was premiered at the Central School of Speech & Drama, London.

There are two CD's available of his music: Turquoise Swans (Sargasso 2000) containing compositions for voice and piano, recorded by the renowned soprano Sarah Leonard, accompanied by the composer, and Entre Palabras (Quindecim 2005) which contains premiere recordings of Songs Between Words and his opera The Pillow Song.

He was born in Cambridge, England and was a boy chorister at Jesus College, later graduating as pianist and composer from the Guildhall School of Music, obtaining a Masters degree from Durham University and a Doctorate from Hertfordshire University, UK. Awards include a Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Award, the 2005 McElwee Family Fellowship along with many commissions from Arts Council, England and internationally. He was founder and Artistic Director of Optemus (2003); Musical Director of Proteus Theatre, Spirals Theatre (1993-8) and European Youth Theatre (1994-98); Composer in Association with London Mozart Players (1994-6); Artistic Director Live Culture (ENO, 1995-6); Founder Chair of Opera & Music Theatre Forum (1993-94); Composer in Residence, West Sussex (1990-1994): Artistic Director of Modern Music Theatre Troupe (1985-94). During July 2005, he was resident composer at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, San Francisco. He is currently Professor of Music Theatre at Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London, UK.

His book, Composing for Voice, was published by Routledge in 2004. He has also contributed two articles to the OUP Encyclopedia of Peace (2010), and a chapter in Devised & Collaborative Theatre (Crowood Press, 2002). He regularly presents papers at university conferences in the UK and abroad.

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Paul Barker : Composing for Voice

Review: Although there have been many texts on the art of singing, and others on composition, there are none on the unique challenges of composing for the voice. This book, written by a well-known contemporary composer and pedagogue, fills that gap by offering a comprehensive survey of issues surrounding both the singer and the composer. The book primarily focuses on classical vocal music, but also draws on examples from jazz, Broadway/theatrical, operatic, and popular music. From understanding the mechanics of the voice through techniques to wed text to music, this book will aid both composers and vocalists to better understand each other's craft.

Songlist: Preface, List of Musical Examples, The Voice Today: An Evaluation, How the Voice Works: A Composer's Perspective, Voice/Text/Music, The Singer and the Actor, Considerations of Style, Singers on Composers, Conclusions and a Way Forward, Educational Activities, Appendix 1: Vocal Nomenclature, Appendix 2: An Application of the International Phonetic Alphabet, Bibliography and Further Reading, Index

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