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the music of Stephen Gibson

Mystery Bouffe (1979/1984)

Music theatre work in one act based on the play by Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Text adapted and abridged by Andrew Ross Aird and Stephen Gibson, and translated by Guy Daniels.

12 male/female singer/actors.
(i) 2 keyboards, lead guitar, bass guitar and percussion
(ii) Clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar and percussion.

Written for Birmingham University Drama Department, and (ii) first performed in May 1979; (i) first performed in August 1984.

Libretto and full score (i) available. Parts (i)

excerpt from Mystery Bouffe - Who Is He?
Birmingham University Drama Department. directed by Robert Leach, dur.5'38

70'

Baby on a Leash (1982-1983)

Opera in six scenes to a libretto by Douglas Anthony Cooper.

2 Sopranos, 1 contralto and 1 baritone Flute (dbl. Picc.), oboe (dbl. Cor ang.), 2 clarinets (1 dbl. Bass clt.), bassoon, piano and string quartet.

Written for The Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, and first
performed in February 1983.

Vocal score and full score available. Parts.

excerpt from Baby on a Leash - Opening
Lynette Gravesande, Christopher Martin, emsemble, dur.4'45

50'

Ghost Town (1983)

Music theatre work in two acts to a text by Jeremy James Taylor.

3 Sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 1 tenor, 4 baritones, 1 bass, a group of 16 children (2 solo), with optional extras.
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, piano, percussion, strings
(or string quartet and double bass).

Commissioned by The Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, and first performed in December 1983.

Vocal score and full score available. Parts.

excerpt from Ghost Town - The Auchengeich Disaster
Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble
conducted by Stephen McNeff, dur.4'38

excerpt from Ghost Town - Picnic Scene
Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble
conducted by Stephen McNeff, dur.6'56

excerpt from Ghost Town - Children's Scene at the Mine
Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble
conducted by Stephen McNeff, dur.3'43

120'

Subclass Four Million (1983-1984)

Music theatre work in one act to a text by Jan Quakenbush.

1 female singer/actor, 2 male singer/actors, 1 mime and 2 male actors.
Flute, guitar and double bass.

Written for The Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, and first
performed in February 1984.

Text and score available as one volume. 

See also Vocal Works

excerpt from Subclass Four Million
Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble, dur.2'54

45'

Music Hall Songs (1987)  

Seven songs for baritone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, percussion, violin and
'cello.

Verses by Jeremy Brooker.

First performed by Robert Carpenter Turner and the Copas Ensemble at Jackson's Lane Arts Centre January 1990.

17'

Published by Ararat Music AR003 

See also Vocal Works

excerpts from Music Hall Songs - a) Mendel b) Franco Piper
Robert Carpenter Turner and the Copas Ensemble, dur.2'46

Stage Deaths (1988)

Seven monologues for speaker/mime (1 or 2 performers), solo 'cello and tape.

Verses by Jeremy Brooker.

First performed by Anthony Bailey and Paul Kellett at Jackson's Lane Arts Centre January 1990.

17'

How To Become a Professional Violinist (or The Titanic Lurch ) (1989)

Concerto in 5 movements for baritone, actor/mime, violin solo, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, bass guitar and recorded sound

Words by Jeremy Brooker.

First performed by Robert Carpenter Turner, Anthony Bailey, Peter Sheppard and the Copas Ensemble directed by Stephen McNeff at Jackson's Lane Arts Centre January 1990.

40'

Published by Ararat Music.AR009   

See also Vocal Works

(The above three works were conceived as a trilogy and performed as such under the title Going Down With The Ship)

Here's a Health to Cardinal Puff (1993)  

A Victorian parlour entertainment for soprano, mezzo, baritone and piano Texts by Jeremy Brooker.

First performed by Harriet Neave, Sarah Jennings, Robert Carpenter Turner and Nicola Meecham at the 1994 Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

35'

Published by Ararat Music AR004   

See also Stage Works

Le Petomane - Nightingale of the Moulin Rouge (2003)

An entertainment in three scenes.

Soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone and wind quintet (flute dbl. piccolo, oboe dbl. cor anglais, clarinet dbl. bass clarinet, horn dbl. mouthpiece, bassoon dbl. contrabassoon)

Words by Jeremy Brooker.

See also Vocal Works

40'

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