Chester Music & Novello: New Works - November 2016

Chester Music & Novello: New Works - November 2016
Each month we round up the works that have been newly published by Chester Music and Novello. Unless stated otherwise these works are now available on sale or hire. If you would like to discuss any aspect of these new releases, please email To find out how to rent works for your ensemble visit


Nico Muhly

Keep in Touch (orchestral version) (2005)
Duration: 12 Minutes | Solo viola
Orchestration: 1(afl).1.1+bcl.0/1.1.0+btbn.0/4perc/pf/str( voice | Hire

Commissioned by Alarm Will Sound and recorded by them with Nadia Sirota (viola) on Bedroom Community.

Kevin Volans

Piano Concerto No 4 (2016)
Duration: 28 Minutes | Solo piano
Orchestration: 2.2.2(2bcl).0/ | Hire (available from November 12)

Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with financial assistance from the following individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment Scheme. First performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, on 11 November 2016 at CBSO Centre, Birmingham.


Philip Glass

String Quartet No 6 (2013) | Buy

Commissioned by Kronos Quartet and first performed by them on October 19, 2013 at the Chan Shun Concert Hall in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

String Quartet No 7 (2014)
Duration: 20 Minutes | Buy

Commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. First performed on July 7, 2014 by the Kronos Quartet at the Colours International Dance Festival in Amsterdam in the performance of 'Spiritwalking' by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

Nico Muhly

Fast Dances (2014)
Duration: 12 Minutes | Orchestration: two harps | Buy

Commissioned by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. First performed by Duo Scorpio.

Pulses, Cycles, Clouds (2016)
Duration: 6 Minutes | Orchestration: percussion ensemble | Hire

Pulses, Cycles, Clouds is a piece for large mixed percussion ensemble written for the 50th anniversary of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. First performed by a student ensemble from the George Mason University at the Tanglewood festival.

Hugh Wood

Ithaka, Op 61 (2016)
Duration: 12 Minutes | Orchestration: violin, viola and cello | Buy

This work was commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation, the RVW Trust and the Swaledale Festival. It was first performed on 2nd June 2016 by the Florin Trio, at St. Andrew's Church, Grinton, as part of the 2016 Swaledale Festival.


Richard Allain

The Beloved (2014)
Duration: 3 Minutes | Chorus: SATB choir & organ | Buy

The Magi's Gift (2013)
Duration: 3 Minutes | Chorus: SATB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Both The Beloved and The Magi’s Gift were commissioned by Merton College, Oxford as part of the Merton Choirbook, a collection of music being assembled to celebrate Merton College’s 750th anniversary in 2014. First performed on 19th January 2014 in Merton College Chapel by the Choir of Merton College, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas.

Patrick Hawes

Song of Songs (SSA version) (2009)
Duration: 20 Minutes | Chorus: SSA | Orchestration: harp and strings | Soloist: soprano | Buy

SSA version commissioned by Leweston School

The Angel of Mons
Duration: 25 Minutes | Chorus: SSA & Soprano solo | Orchestration: hp/str | Buy / Hire

Premiered on 23 August 2014 in St Michael & All Angels Church, Edenham, Lincolnshire and conducted by the composer Patrick Hawes on the exact centenary of the apparition of the angel.

John Joubert

Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose (from Five Songs of Incarnation Op 163) (2007)
Duration: 4 Minutes | Soloist : Tenor solo | Orchestration: SATB choir unaccompanied | Buy

I sing of a maiden (from Five Songs of Incarnation, Op 163) (2008)
Duration: 3 Minutes | Chorus: SATB | Buy

Five Songs of Incarnation was commissioned by Nicholas and Pamela Fisher as part of ‘Joubertiade 2007’, a nationwide series of concerts in celebration of the composer’s eightieth birthday.

Paweł Łukaszewski

Beati (2014)
Duration: 7 Minutes | Chorus: SSAATTBB | Buy

Commissioned by YL Male Voice Choir, Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat, Finland

Cantate Domino (2014)
Duration: 5 Minutes | Orchestration: SATB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Commissioned by Brady Allred and Salt Lake Vocal Artists, USA.

Daylight Declines
Duration: 4 Minutes | Orchestration: SSATBB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Inspired by the motet on the same text by Waclaw z Szamotul (c.1533-68). Commissioned by Cantatrix Choir, The Netherlands.

Deus misereatur nostri (2012)
Duration: 7 Minutes | Orchestration: SSAATTBB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Composed for Stephen Layton, Polyphony, and The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Lamentationes (2011)
Duration: 16 Minutes | Orchestration: SSAATTBB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Commissioned by Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Poland

Like as the waves
Duration: 4 Minutes | Orchestration: SATB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Composed for proMODERN Vocal Sextet

Judith Weir

Leaf from leaf Christ knows (2016)
Duration: 4 Minutes | Orchestration: SATB chorus and organ | Buy

Leaf from leaf Christ knows was given its first performance by the Choir of Wells Cathedral, James Kealey (organ) and Matthew Owens (conductor), during the festival new music wells 76–16,on Thursday 20th October 2016. It was commissioned by Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral, through the generous support of over forty individuals.

James Whitbourn

Pater Noster (2016)
Duration: 3 Minutes | Orchestration: SATB choir unaccompanied | Buy

Composed for the wedding of Isabella Burns and Reed Pilegaard. Dedicated to Isabella and Reed and to Alison, in celebration of our silver wedding marked on the same day, June 2016.

Agnus Dei (from Missa Carolae) (2004)
Duration: 4 Minutes | Chorus: SATB choir & solo treble | Orchestration: organ, optional piccolo | Buy

Missa Carolae was commissioned by the Rochester Cathedral for its 1400th anniversary and in its full version is scored for SATB (with divisi), Piccolo (or fife), 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Organ, 2 percussionists, and Congregation part (ad lib.)