THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Christopher Bochmann

(b. 8 November 1950, Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire).

British composer, now resident in Portugal, of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe.

Prof. Bochmann studied cello with his father Martin Bochmann (b. 1914 – d. 1983) as a child. He studied counterpoint and harmony with Donald Paine as a Music Scholar at Radley College in Oxfordshire from 1964–67, as well as composition and counterpoint privately with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1967–71 and composition privately with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in London from 1969–72. He studied composition with Kenneth Leighton as a Music Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1968–69 and there also studied with Sir David Lumsden from 1968–71 and Robert Sherlaw Johnson from 1969–72, where he earned his BA with honours in 1971, BMus in 1972, MA in 1976, and DMus in 1999.

Among his honours are the prize of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund in Boston, Massachusetts (1968, 1976), the John Osgood Memorial Prize from the University of Oxford (1970), First Prize in the competition Trio in Fontainebleau (1970, for De Profundis), First Prize in the competition of the Stroud Festival in the UK (1974, for Complainte de la Lune en Province), Second Prize in the competition Vienna (1977, for Snakes of Silver Throat), the Clements Memorial Prize (1978, for String Quartet No. 2), Third Prize in the competition G. B. Viotti in Vercelli (1980, for Partita No. 2), First Prize in the competition for choral music Basque (1988, for O magnum Mysterium from Motets for Christmas), and the Medalha pelo Mérito Cultural from the government of Portugal (2004). He was also named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (2005, for his work on behalf of cultural relations between Portugal and the UK).

He is also active in other positions. He sang as a chorister at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle from 1960–64 and worked as a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in London in 1966–67. He has served as conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil in Portugal since 1984, with which he has toured extensively. He has founded numerous choruses and ensembles for contemporary music in Portugal, where he is active as a guest conductor, most often with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira. In addition, he has written many articles and the books A Linguagem Harmónica do Tonalismo (2003, Juventude Musical Portuguesa) and A Linguagem Harmónica do Tonalismo – Análises e Exercícios (2006, Juventude Musical Portuguesa).

He taught in the UK from 1971–77, including a term as music director at the Cranborne Chase School from 1973–76, and taught composition and harmony at the Yehudi Menuhin School in 1977. He taught analysis, choral conducting, counterpoint, harmony, and 20th-century techniques at the Instituto Gregoriano in Lisbon from 1980–91, composition, counterpoint, fugue, and harmony at the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa from 1981–85 and analysis and composition at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon in 1985–86. He taught analysis and composition, among other subjects, at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa from 1984–2006, where he served as chair of the department of composition from 1991–2006 and as director from 1995–2001. He has taught at the Universidade de Évora since 2006, where he is professor catedrático and where he also served as chair of the department of music from 2006–13 and as director of the Escola das Artes from 2009–17. He gave summer courses in Brazil from 1978–85 and in Brasília in 2004–05. He taught as a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig in 2002.

He lived in Turkey from 1952–60 and has lived in Portugal since 1980.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website: http://www.christopherbochmann.com/

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS

STAGE:

Corpo e Alma (chamber opera, libretto by the composer, after António Patrício), baritone, 5 mixed voices (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass), orchestra, 2008

ORCHESTRAL:

Three Hodies, 1972

Four Rhythmic Studies, 1973

Air for String Orchestra, string orchestra, 1975 (version of section of Suite, cello, double bass)

Tableaux Concertants, 1976

Nimbus, 1977

Stars, small orchestra (25 flutes), 1980

Gestures I, any number of winds, 1982

Gestures III, any number of strings, 1982

Gestures IV, large orchestra, 1982

Aleafonia Concertante I, small orchestra, 1984

Aleafonia Concertante II, small orchestra, 1984

Em Homenagem, 1984

Aleafonia Concertante III, small orchestra, 1986

Epitaph, 1991

Song for Elizabeth, 13 strings, 1992

Motet, small orchestra (15 players), 1994

Metaphors, 1996

Monograph Expanded, piano, orchestra, 1997

Lament, small orchestra (15 players), 2001

Lauda, clarinet, small orchestra (21 clarinets), 2002

Linus, 2002

Lupercalia, 2002

Symphony, 2004–05

Divertimento, 2011

Dances, 2013

Canzona IV, small orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, 3 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 bassoons), 2014

Pastorale, chocalhofone (set of tuned cowbells), orchestra, 2015

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Three Dances, 3 guitars, 1968

De Profundis, violin, cello, piano, 1970

Three Bagatelles, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1971

String Quartet No. 1, 1972

Partita No. 1, violin, 1972

Petite Sérénade, flute, harp, viola, 1973

Dies Iræ, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, 1973

Invention on a mordent, 7 flutes, 1973 (also versions of some sections as Introduction and Aria, 6 clarinets, 1973; Caprice, 5 oboes, 1980)

Chamber Étude No. 1, oboe, English horn, bassoon, harpsichord, 1975

Suite, cello, double bass, 1975 (also version of one section as Air for String Orchestra, string orchestra)

Sonata da chiesa, clarinet, piano, 1976

Three Pieces, flute, 1976

Snakes of Silver Throat, 8 winds, 1976

String Quartet No. 2, 1976

Requiescat, percussion, 1977

Ludus polytonalis, clarinet, cello, 1977

Introit, string quartet, 1977

Dialogue I, flute, percussion, 1978

Wind Quintet No. 1, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1978

Vespers, clarinet, piano, 1978

Partita No. 2, violin, 1978

Hymn, 8 clarinets, 1979

Wind Quintet No. 2, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1979

Four Pieces, 4 trombones, 1979

Sonata, cello, 1979

Gavotte, 2 recorders, clarinet, 1980

Sonata-Fantasia, guitar, 1980

Wind Trio, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1980

Prayers to the wind, 2 violas, 1980 (also version as Minha Tírcia é tão bella, 3 violas, 1980)

Essay I, trombone, 1980

Elegy I, flute, 1981

Dialogue II, cello, piano, 1981

Essay III, violin, 1981

Essay IV, harp, 1981

Essay V, viola, 1982

Brass Quintet, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1983

Mobiles for Alexandra, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, 3 double basses, 1985

String Quartet No. 3, 1986

Boreas, 4 clarinets, 1988

Out of the Deep, viola, cello, double bass, 1988

Gusts, flute, clarinet, 1989

Essay VII, guitar, 1990

Melodies and Mobiles, clarinets, violins, percussion, 1990

Six or Seven Sketches – Wind Quintet No. 3, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1992

Snow on Distant Hills, clarinet, 1992

Essay IX, trumpet, 1993

Essay X, recorder, 1993

Movements for Saxophone Quartet, 4 saxophones, 1994

Madrigal, 3 double basses, 1994

Metamorphoses, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), alto saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1995

Meander, 5 violas, 1995

Mutations, 4 clarinets, 1996

Monograms I–V, clarinet, 1995–2000 (its five sections may be performed separately: Monogram I for A. S. D., 1995; Monogram II for E. C., 1999; Monogram III for S. A., 1999; Monogram IV for C. C., 2000; Monogram V for C. F., 2000)

Metastrophe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, cello, 2000

Miniatures in memoriam Tom Eastwood, 2 violins, viola, 2001

Monumentum in memoriam Robert Sherlaw Johnson, string quartet, 2001

Essay XII, double bass, 2001

Essay XIII, alto saxophone, 2001

String Quartet No. 4, 2001

Lacrimæ, oboe d'amore, ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, vibraphone), 2001

Lied I, violin, 2002

Leise, leise, viola, 2002

Seven Lessons, flute, oboe, tenor saxophone, violin, piano, 2003

Lampoons, tenor saxophone, 2003

Essay XIV, French horn, 2003

Lumen, percussion, 2004

Canzona I, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 2005

Cartoon, baritone saxophone, 2005

Essay XVI, bassoon, 2006

Cantilena, alto flute, 2006

Capriccio, soprano saxophone, 2007

Cantiga, flute, piano, 2007

Commentaire sur le 2ème mouvement de 'Et Exspecto' de Olivier Messiaen, oboe, 2008

Chiaroscuro, bass clarinet, 2008

Canzona II (vocalise), mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, 3 guitars, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2008

Chimera I–II, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, guitar, violin, piano, 2008

Canticum, string quartet, 2009

Dialogue III, bassoon, violin, 2009

Lied III, viola, 2009

Cadavre Exquis, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2010

Cavatina, violin, 2010

Chorale Prelude. Ein Feste Burg, 11-string alto guitar, 2010

Deiknumena, 2 alto recorders, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, piano, 2010

Double Dialogue, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 2010

Elegy II, flute, 2010

Elegy II Expanded, flute, oboe, soprano saxophone, 2011

Dithyramb, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 guitars, piano, 2011

Dance sketches, 4 saxophones, 2012

Diastrophe, guitar, 2012

String Trio, violin, viola, cello, 2012

Essay XVII, cello, 2014

Dirge in memoriam Gareguin Aroutounian, viola, 2014 (also version for violin, 2014)

Five Pieces, 15 players, 2014

Four Fragments, 8 players, 2014

Dialogue IV: Flights of Fancy, bass clarinet, piano, 2015

Essay XVIII, accordion, 2015

Flight of Icarus, E-flat clarinet, 2015

Four Fragments and a Fantasy, 11 players, 2015

Op. 27 plus commentaries on Webern: Op. 27, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2008–16

7 Fanfares for 4 to 7 trumpets, 4–7 trumpets, 2010–16

Ponteio, chocalhofone, 2016

Two Studies, tenor saxophone, 2016

Four fancies, 2 guitars, 2016

Furthermore, 4 guitars, 2016

Fear no more the heat o' the sun, 12 players, 2016

As Sombras do sol, flute, French horn, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion, 2017

CHORAL:

Éventail (text by Stéphane Mallarmé), mixed chorus, brass, cellos, 1974

Prayer of Mary Queen of Scots, 6 male voices, 1976

Chamber Étude No. 2, 6 male voices, 1977

Gestures II, mixed chorus, 1982

The Round Horizon (text by Iris Murdoch), mezzo-soprano, female chorus, orchestra, 1982

Motets for Holy Week (texts from liturgical sources), 1980–83 (its four sections may be performed separately: O Vos Omnes, 7 mixed voices, 1980; Crux Fidelis, mixed chorus, 1983; Salvator Mundi, 3 mixed voices, 1983; Ecce Lignum, unison chorus, 1983)

Ego Sum Resurrectio et Vita, 10 mixed voices, 1985

Plaint (text by George Herbert), speaker, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1987

Motets for Christmas (texts from liturgical sources), 1987–89 (its four sections may be performed separately: O magnum Mysterium, 12 mixed voices, 1987; Lux Fulgebit, 15 mixed voices, 1988; Verbum Caro Factum Est, 13 mixed voices, 1989; Hodie Christus Natus Est, 15 mixed voices, 1989)

Epistle, 16 mixed voices, ensemble, 1991

Echoes, 12 female voices, 1991

Songs for Simeon, soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1992

Sonnet (text by John Donne), tenor, 7 male voices, harp, 4 cellos, piano, percussion, 1993

Maria Matos Medley, 7 mixed voices, 1997

Magnificat, 12 mixed voices, 1998

My monstrous mountain'd walke (text by Henry Vaughan), 6 mixed voices, 1999

Morning, 7 mixed voices, 2000

Leipziger Motetten, 5 male voices, 2002

Laudate Dominum, 12 mixed voices, 2004

Cicero Dixit (cantata), alto, speaker, mixed chorus in 2 spatial groups (4 voices each), small orchestra (15 players), 2005–06

De Profundis, 5 mixed voices, 2012

Ubicumque est bene, 8 mixed voices, 2012

VOCAL:

Accede ad ignem hunc, speaker, ensemble, 1970, revised 1972

Complainte de la Lune en Province (text by Jules Laforgue), tenor, guitar, 1974

Arabesque, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, percussion, 1979

Essay VI, voice, 1982

The Thinnest Hair, tenor, harp, 1984

Epigrams (text by Angelus Silesius), soprano, baritone, organ, harpsichord, string quartet, 1991

Miserere Mei, speaker, small orchestra, 1994

Musette, soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1995

Memorial to Jorge Luis Borges, baritone, alto flute, bass clarinet, guitar, 4 violas, cello, 2 percussion, 1999

...manhosamente... (text by Luís Vaz de Camões), soprano, piano, 2000

Lied der Liebe (text by Angelus Silesius), soprano, violin, cello, piano, 2002

Meeres Stille (text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), soprano, piano, 2003

Leituras de Liberdade (text by Carlos Drummond de Andrade), soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2003

My Ladye Celia's Songbooke, Volume I, baritone, piano, 2004

Cœlum non animum (text by Horace), soprano, alto saxophone, French horn, piano, vibraphone, 2006

Canticle (texts by John Donne, the Book of Lamentations), soprano, 2 tenors, alto recorder, tenor recorder, cello, 2008

My Ladye Celia's Songbooke, Volume II (texts by Robert Gould, an anonymous source, Matthew Prior, vocalise), baritone, piano, 2009

Canzona III (text by Sextus Propertius), soprano, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), harp, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2010

Drama Essay (text by William Shakespeare), speaker, 2011

A Magia do Tempo (text by Carlos Drummond de Andrade), baritone, violin, viola, cello, 2012

Ode I: A Lua Brilha (text by Fernando Pessoa), baritone, A-clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, guitar, piano, percussion, 2013

Ode II: Ama, bebe e cala (text by Fernando Pessoa), soprano, trumpet, piano, 2013

Ode III: Aguardo, equânime (text by Fernando Pessoa), 3 sopranos, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, guitar, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2013

Ode IV: Segue o teu destino (text by Fernando Pessoa), mezzo-soprano, 6 players, 2014

Ode V: Serei livre (text by Fernando Pessoa), soprano, clarinet, piano, 2015

O Suspiro do rouxinol (text by Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 2016

Admiro (text by José Alberto Gomes Machado), baritone, piano, 2016

Uma grande razão (text by Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos), baritone, orchestra, 2017

PIANO:

Sonata No. 1, 1971

Sonata No. 2, 'Sanctus', 1976

Preludes, 1979

Toccata, 2 pianos, 1980

Essay VIII, 1991

Monograph, 1994

Music I for Two Pianos, 2 pianos, 1998

18 Miniatures, 2001

Letter I to Ricardo Tacuchian, 2003

Music II for Two Pianos, 2 pianos, 2006

Commentaries on 'Notations' by Pierre Boulez, 2007 (its movements should be performed in alternation with Notations by Pierre Boulez)

Carrolling Bach: two fantasies, 2008

Letter II to Amílcar Vasques Dias, 2010

Letter III to José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado, 2013

Letter IV to Jean-Sébastien Béreau, 2014

Letter V to António Pinho Vargas, 2016

ORGAN:

Essay II, 1981

HARPSICHORD:

Classical Sonata, 1974

Essay XI, 2000

DIDACTIC MUSIC:

Christmas Cantata, girls' chorus, ensemble, 1975

Os Pastores (cantata), children's chorus, orchestra, 1978

Os Magos (cantata), children's chorus, orchestra, 1979

A Anunciação (cantata), children's chorus, orchestra, 1980

Six Modal pieces, piano, 1980

Six Easy pieces, piano, 1980

Six Polytonal pieces, piano, 1980

Five Pieces in the first position, cello, piano, 1980

Divisions, 5 flutes, 1993

Chains, 5 trumpets, 1993

Military miscellany, orchestra, 1998

Mosaic of the Air, youth orchestra, 2000

Lyric 1, youth orchestra, 2002 (also version as Lyric 2, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 3 violins, cello, 2003)

Six Pantonal Pieces, piano, 2003

Six Dodecaphonic Pieces, piano, 2003

Capuchinho vermelho, 2 actors, flute, 3 clarinets, saxophone, guitar, 2 violins, 2013

A Carochinha, 2 actors, flute, 3 clarinets, saxophone, guitar, 2 violins, 2013

Os três porquinhos, 2 actors, flute, 3 clarinets, saxophone, guitar, 2 violins, 2013

A Princesa e a ervilha, actors, 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, saxophone, trumpet, violin, percussion, 2015

João e Maria, actors, 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, saxophone, trumpet, violin, percussion, 2015

O Gato das botas, actors, 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, saxophone, trumpet, violin, percussion, 2015

As três bruxas, actors, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 guitars, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2015

Francisco, o limpa-chaminés, e o seu gato Farrusco, actors, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 guitars, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2015

Os três desejos, actors, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 guitars, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2016

Pedro dos Malasartes, actors, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 guitars, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2016

O Criado esperto, actors, flute, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, 2 guitars, 3 violins, piano, percussion, 2016

ARRANGEMENTS:

Peixe Vivo (popular music from Brazil), 1978

Despedida do Pastoril (popular music from Brazil), 1979

Cavalo Marinho (popular music from Brazil), 1979

Boas Festas (popular music from Brazil), 1979

Prece ao Vento (popular music from Brazil), 1979

Pastorinhas (popular music from Brazil), 1984

Garota de Ipanema (Antônio Carlos Jobim), 1984 (also versions for string quartet, 1986; 4 male voices, 1995)

If the nightingales, 1989

Once in a while, 1989

There goes the ball game, 1989

Dallas Blues (Hart Wand), 1990

Messe basse (Gabriel Fauré), female voice, string orchestra, 1991

Vier Stücke, Op. 4 (Anton Webern), 11 players, 1992

Trois Préludes (Claude Debussy), small orchestra, 1994

Os Cantores do Rádio, 1994

Sechs kleine Stücke, Op. 19 (Arnold Schoenberg), small orchestra, 1995

Só Danço Samba (popular music from Brazil), 4 male voices, 1995

Venham mais cinco, 8 cellos, 1995 (also version for 6 cellos, 2000)

Homenagem a Manuel de Falla (Ivo Cruz), small orchestra, 1996

Thoughts (Tressler), small orchestra, 1996

Canções de Natal (19 traditional pieces for Christmas, Peter Warlock, Ralph Vaughan Williams), 1973–97

Eurico – Recitativo e Cavatina (Miguel Ângelo Pereira), tenor, small orchestra, 1997

Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11 (Anton Webern), small orchestra, 1997

Crazy little thing called love (Queen), 4 clarinets, 1997

Somebody to love (Queen), 4 clarinets, 1997

Nr. 2a, 'Klavierstück III' (3 orchestrations; Karlheinz Stockhausen), flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, 1998

Sept Préludes (Claude Debussy), 12 winds, 1999

Arie, Op. 103a No. 3 (Max Reger), string orchestra, 1999

Ballade (Tressler), small orchestra, 2000

Burla (Tressler), small orchestra, 2001

I never dreamt, 2003

Friday Night Rag, 2003

Sinfonia em sol menor (Sonata em mi menor, Op. 9 No. 3 by João Domingos Bomtempo), small orchestra, 2009

Allegro (Osvaldo Lacerda), string orchestra, 2010

Hommage à Fauré (Charles Koechlin), small orchestra, 2011

Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Maurice Ravel), small orchestra, 2011

Two Spanish Preludes (Préludes by Claude Debussy), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2012

Of the father's love begotten, 2015

Ding! dong! merrily on high