Edward McGuire : Music for Flute, Guitar and Piano

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Media: CD
Genre: Classical
Catalogue Number: DCD34029
Label: Delphian
Released: June 2006

Born Glasgow. Studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music, London (1966-70) and then with the Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm. His works have been regularly broadcast and commissions have come from the Glasgow University McEwen Bequest, the New Music Group of Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the St Magnus Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. In recent years he has produced several large-scale works to critical acclaim: the ballet score Peter Pan, A Glasgow Symphony, a chamber opera The Loving of Etain, and concerti for guitar, trombone, viola, violin and (most recently) double bass. McGuire also plays flute with, and writes for, the Scottish folk group The Whistlebinkies.

Cake Talk, a new opera in 1996 for RSNO Junior Chorus followed success of The Loving of Etain (Paragon Opera); Peter Pan (Scottish Ballet) and Cullercoats Tommy (Northern Stage). Recent CDs include Calgacus (BBCSSO), London Proms 1997; Songs of New Beginnings (Paragon); Fast Peace III (Alma Duo); Divertimento, Martyr (Durrant, Viola Pieces); Nocturnes (Mr McFall's Chamber) and Celtic Knotwork (Scottish Flute Trio and Chinook Clarinet Quartet) in 2001. His new double bass concerto was recorded by the BBC SSO with soloist Anthony Alcock in Ayr Town Hall on January 24th and Broadcasting House Glasgow on 25th January 2002.
He was the recipient of a British Composers Award in 2003 and a Creative Scotland Award in 2004. He has been commissioned to compose the finale for the 2006 St Magnus Festival.

Over the past 40 years, Eddie McGuire, British Composer Award Winner and Creative Scotland
Award Winner, has developed a compositional style that is as diverse as it is concentrated. This disc
surveys a selection of his solo and chamber works, written for his home instruments, flute, guitar, and
piano. The writing, whilst embracing tonality, focuses on texture and aspects of colour, drawing on a
myriad folk influences. At once bold and playful, the listener cannot help be drawn in to McGuire’s
evocative sound-world.


  1. Harbour of Harmonies, piano
  2. Fountain of Tears, flute & guitar
  3. Prelude 13, piccolo
  4. Dark Cloud, eight guitars
  5. Caprice, flute & piano
  6. Celtic Knotwork, four flutes
  7. Resistance Movement, flute, guitar & piano ensemble
  8. Amazonia, guitar
  9. Dancing Memories - Mrs de Ruyg's Delight
  10. Dancing Memories -Waltz
  11. Dancing Memories -Hornpipe
  12. Twelve White-note Pieces, six pianos

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