ALEX PAXTON

Composer. Performer.



Music for Concerts
Music for Operas (also music-theatre & vocal)
Music for Jazz
Music for Films
Music for Theatres
Music for Children

TROMBONE & Improvisation
Orchestrations & Arrangements
Music Leader


BYE (10 mins)
For wind, brass and improvisers. Alto Flute, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trombones, Wurlitza
Taylor Maclennan, Lloyd Coleman, David Zucchi, Alex Paxton


FOOL in the RAIN (25 mins)
Song cycle. For Ensemble X.Y SONG
6 singers and piano
excerpt III. BLOW BLOW BLOW - SATB




BACCHII (4 mins)
for Clarinet, horn, violin, cello

FOR the LOVE of THORSTEIN SHIVER (25 mins) opera

more details and video recording can be found here

BEACH RUBBLE (3 mins)
for Chamber Orchestra


“If you are squeamish,
Do not prod the beach rubble.”
Sappho 570 BCE
translation Mary Bernhard


Erlkönig Franz Schubert
Violin duet
X.Y Ensemble

POOR WAYFARING STRANGERTrombone, kazoos, samba-whistle, duck-call. 2 drum kits with improvisers.


Bow-Bones Trombone Unit.
Feat. David Ingamells - drums.




RAVEN’s CHILD (15mins)
orchestra and male jazz singer.
Full recording “One must have a heart of stone to read the death
of little Nell with out bursting into tears…of laughter” – Oscar Wilde


"She walked behind me, sir that I might not know how lame she was

Upon her little bed
Her little bird was stirring in its cage

The smile on her face is fixed and changeless, old fireside had
smiled on that same sweet face

Upon her little bed,
Her little bird was stirring nimbly in its cage

Heart, heart of stone

No sleep so beautiful and clam, so free from trace of pain, so fair to
look upon, there upon her little bed

Dear patient noble Nell was dead

Her little bird, a poor slight thing, the pressure of a figure would
have crushed, was stirring nimbly in its cage and the strong heart of
its child mistress was still and motionless.

I must have a heart of stone."

Conductor Christopher Austin
RAM Symphony Orchestra
Vox Jacob Collier




Noah Mosley conducting in passion
“FOR the LOVE of THORSTEIN SHIVER”


FANFARE for GODI-THINGMAN  (3mins)
Solo Flute


FANFARE for GODI-THINGMAN (3mins)
Flute, oboe, Eflat trumpet.

Premier Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
This piece was created using the speech patterns buried within the opening stanza of 8th century epic poem Beowulf:

HWÆT, WE GAR-DEna     in geardagum,
þeodcyninga                         þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas                ellen fremedon!
oft Scyld Scefing             sceaþena þreatum,
monegum mægþum     meodosetla ofteah,
egsode eorlas,                 syððanærest wearð
feasceaft funden;         he þæs frofre gebad,
weox under wolcnum weorðmyndum þah,
oð þæt him                     æghwylc ymbsittendra
ofer hronrade               hyran scolde,
gomban gyldan;          þæt wæs god cyning!
NOW WE ARE DUH-DUR (15mins)
for chamber orchestra
premiered by London Philharmonic Orchestra.

please contact for private recording.

PREACH
Arpeggiator and improvisers (Drum kit & trombone)
DAVID INGAMELLS - DRUMS
ALEX PAXTON - TROMBONE




SPAKE (10mins)
for Orchestra
I. ‘MY GRANDFATHER WAS JAMES JOYCE’S GODMOTHER’ tittle  from ‘Celebration’ by Harold Pinter

II. ‘BUT MY WORDS WILL NOT FADE AWAY’ 
tittle  from ‘The Gospel of Mathew’ 


II. ‘AND MUMMY CAME IN ALL GUNS BLAZING’
tittle from  a mom.

premier conducted by BEN PALMER RCM Philharmonic Orhcestra

BEL and the DRAGON (20mins)
opera

more details and video recording can be found here


RAVEN’s CHILD (15mins)
orchestra and male jazz singer.
juicy bits excerpts

GODIGODI (6mins)
mixed septet
Taylor Maclennan - Piccolo
Myfanwy Price - Oboe
David Zucchi - Baritone Saxaphone
Quinn Parker - Trombone
Christine Cheng - Electric Clavinet
Salomé Rateau - Violin
Deni Teo - Cello




 LARNER’s CUDDLES CHORALES. (12mins)
wind quintet, piano and narrator

text BENJAMIN LARNER.
Music: ALEX PAXTON
Premier by MAGNARD ENSEMBLE



GODI-THINGMAN  (7mins)
Saxophone Quartet and Flute

Flute - Aleksandra Henszel
Soprano sax. - Rusne Mikiskaite
Soprano sax. - Philip Attard
Baritone sax. - David Zucchi
Baritone sax. - Azusa Ono



‘EM STONES’. (7mins)
pierrot sextett


Premier DR K SEXTET


PYNCHON’s CLOCKS (6mins)for two metronoms and 5 improvising musicians,

THE POMEGRANATE SONG (7mins)Mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone, trombone, violin.

text and music Alex Paxton. Based on a lyric by Thomas Handley.

Sinead O Kelly - Dramatic soprano
Sara Cubarsi - Violin
Ronnan Perrat -Alto saxophone
Owen Dawson - trombone


WHALEING (1940-1949)
multi media concert piececommissioned by DECO ensemble
recording and more info can be found here

HORIZON (6mins)
Dramatic Mezzo and piano
collaberation with lyrcist Laura Attridge 
AndSoForthProductions
premier Claire Barnett-Jones

WOOLF MUSIC
radio opera
Premiered at the Forge Camden.

words & music Alex Paxton

more details can be found here


The EQUIVOCAL HARRIET BOWDLER
Premiered at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the Second Movement Rough for opera.

words & music Alex PaxtonThe EQUIVOCAL
more details can be found here




As flies to wanton boys  (7mins)
mixed ensemble
premier Parry Rooms London

Gum Jelly Lips (5mins)
electronics and narratorpremier David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Smelting Metal Head (8mins)
for
brass dectet
premier by Bold as Brass Dectet

COFFLE (7mins)
for String Quartet
premier by Arensky Quartet

TALENT   (4mins)
Piano and voice
premier Ludlow English Song Festival

Unraveled Yearning (10mins)
Symphony Orchestra
premier Royal Academy of Music

Three Lullabies (6mins)
Solo Piano
premier Hannah Yip

Five Ponds for Bassoon and Piano(6mins)
premier David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Gargoyles (6mins)
Symphonic wind ensamble

When I am Alone (7mins)
Solo trumpet

Sebastian Horsely's Itch (6mins)
Symphony Orchestra
premier Dukes Hall London

The Elephant's Lament (6mins)
chamber orchestra and soprano
Premiered at the Forge Camden.

Rowan Williams Takes A Bath (8mins)
chamber orchestra and soprano
Premiered at the Forge Camden.


More available recordings can be found in Alex’s sound diary here...





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