Compositions

 

HengeMusic (50′) for organ & saxophone quartet, with films by Rob Lambert & poems by Barney Norris (2015)
Turning Points (45′) Cantata on Magna Carta, Agincourt & Waterloo (2015)
Symphony (40′) (2013-15)
STERNE, was THE MAN (60′) Sermon for children’s choir, actor, tenor solo, string quartet, natural trumpet and viola da gamba (2013)
The Jolly Roger (45′) Radio Opera (2009)
Piano Concerto in C (30′) (2008-15)
Tomorrow nor Yesterday (35′) Song Cycle to poems by John Donne: tenor & piano (2006-13)
Prayerbook An Oratorio about Tradition & Change (75′) (2006)
The Postman (30′) Chamber Opera (2005)
Think only this (20′) Song Cycle to poems of the Great War: tenor, cello & piano (2002)
Die! Sober Flirter (17′) Radio Opera (1991)

Some reactions to Norris’s music:

‘Your music is powerfully and beautifully your own.’ Sir Geoffrey Hill

‘Brilliant fun – dazzling – the audience was overjoyed.’ Oslo Aftenposten

‘Witty, understated, and wonderfully wicked.’ BBC Radio 3

‘David Owen Norris est sans aucun doute l’une des personnalités les plus stimulantes et caractéristiques de la musique anglaise de tous les temps’. L’éducation musicale

‘… bizarre were it not so clever and daring. Norris events are always different. With a racing mind, he can serve up a comic opera, a symphony, a haunting song cycle, or a sacred cantata as apparently effortlessly as he can toss off a Scarlatti sonata, or Bach’s Forty-Eight.’ Church Times

Here’s the song Norris wrote for The Plain English Campaign.

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