Dominy Clements

(b. 18 October 1964, Newport, Wales).

Dutch composer, born in the UK, of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe; he is also active as a flutist.

Mr. Clements initially studied composition with Christopher Brown, Edward Gregson and Roger Steptoe at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated in 1987, then studied composition with Louis Andriessen and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag from 1987–89, where he also attended classes with Frederic Rzewski and Walter Zimmermann.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition of the Arts for the Earth Festival/Rainforest (1990, for Murder of Crows I), First Prize in the competition of Piano Circus (1992, for Two Lagrangian Functions) and First Prize in the competition of Icebreaker (1996, for A Little Dutch Snuff). In addition, he was a finalist in the memorial competition Edvard Grieg in Oslo (1997–98, for Concerto in Esse).

As a flutist, he performed in various ensembles and orchestras in the 1980s. He has been active with the Duo Hofinger since 1995, the Boccherini Trio since 1997, the ensemble for world music Jamás since 2000, and the trio for world music Lautareasca since 2000. He has played subcontrabass flute in the Nederlands Fluitorkest since 1998 and the flute octet BlowUp! since 2007.

Mr. Clements is also active in other positions. He has served as manager of the organisation for student concerts Podium-bureau since 2000 and of the Career Development Office since 2008, both at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Moreover, he works as a free-lance writer.

He has lived in the Netherlands since 1987.


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Symphony in Spades, 1991

Ultima Thule, 2 string orchestras (around hall), 1994 (version of chamber work)

The Gnostic Ogdoads, small orchestra, 1995

Concerto in Esse, piano, orchestra, 1997

Zeugma Zee, 2 alto saxophones, orchestra, 1998

Lament for Kilcumein, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, string orchestra, 1999

Another Country, 4 piccolos, 10 flutes, 8 alto flutes, 8 bass flutes, contrabass flute, 1999–2000

King Frederick's Troublesome Loop, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 French horns, 2 bassoons, string orchestra, 2000


Old Man Eloquent, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, harmonium, 1987

Inchoate Deuterium, bass clarinet, tuba, piano, 1989 (also version for bass clarinet, piano, accordion, 1997)

Murder of Crows I, oboe, piano, 1989

Sonata, cello, 1989

Fitzroy Cocktail, 4 flutes, 1990

Archilochian Bitterness, bass clarinet, ensemble (2 flutes, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns), 1992

L'Arrivée des Voyageurs, recorder, 1992

Tale of Two, bass flute, harpsichord, 1992

Transit, 2 violins, 1992–93

Down the Dutch Mines, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1993

Four Aeolian Miniatures, violin, piano, 1993

Three Eustatic Movements, string quartet, 1993

Pinebender, 2 flutes, bass clarinet, 2 saxophones, 2 French horns, trumpet, 2 trombones, tuba, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion, 1993–94

Sonata Gastronomica, bass flute, 1994

Ultima Thule, 2 string quartets (around hall), 1994 (also versions for 2 string orchestras [around hall]; 4 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, subcontrabass flute, 2008)

Tichborne Dole, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1994

Sonata Malincoptimistica, piccolo, 1995

Mildurtai Honaurpou, clarinet, 1995

SonatA-per-se, flute, 1995

Sonnet: Sonata, alto flute, 1995

Pietà, string quartet, 1996

Four Freedoms, bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, accordion, 1996

Law of Sod, flute, clarinet, piano, accordion, 1996

Murder of Crows II, flute, clarinet, piano, accordion ad libitum, 1997

Giggibus/The Pemtrithone Deletions/Yew, flute, cello, piano, 1997 (also version of second section for flute, bass clarinet, piano, 1999)

Élasticité Secrète I, 4 recorders, 1997

Élasticité Secrète II, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1997

Spooky Fruit, E-flat clarinet, clarinet, A-clarinet, bass clarinet, 1997

Oscar's Wish, 4 saxophones, 1997

Pocket Concerto No. 1, flute, clarinet, piano, 1997

Sechs Scharrelminiaturen, flute, cello, 1997

Dee Mills, Rent Due, harp, 1998

Pocket Symphony No. 1, flute, bass clarinet, piano, accordion, 1998

Alamam Alemon, French horn, violin, piano, 1999

Extant-Extinct, flute, bass clarinet, 1999

Trois Dépêches pour l'Attend (sonata), cello, piano, 1999

Three Wee Pieces for Josefien, flute, 1999

Graham's Pumps, 6 French horns, 2000

Three Things, bass clarinet, 2000

The blue and the dim and the dark, flute, bass clarinet, piano, 2001 (also version [text by William Butler Yeats] for mixed chorus ad libitum, piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes, contrabass flute, subcontrabass flute, 2010–11)

Bluebell Woods, flute, harp, viola, 2001

Four Periphrastic Amphigouri, flute, piano, 2002

A Very Tragic Narrative, subcontrabass flute, fixed media (2 tracks), 2011


Agony Slides (text by the composer), soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, 2 cellos, piano, 1989

See Who Blinks First (text by the composer), soprano, piano, 1989

The Phoenix and the Turtle (text by William Shakespeare), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1990

Epitaph (text by Martin Armstrong), baritone, piano, 1991

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see (text by William Shakespeare), soprano, piano, 1991

Iptych (vocalise), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 1992

Peace, and be... (text by T. S. Eliot), soprano, bass flute, 1993

Bluebell Woods (text by Jennetta Clements), soprano, harp, 1994

For Nothing Now (text by W. H. Auden), soprano, violin, cello, piano, 1995

A Little Dutch Snuff (text by the composer), soprano, 2 flutes, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, electric guitar, electric violin, electric cello, bass guitar, 2 electronic keyboards, 1996

Breaking New Ground (text by Jennetta Clements), soprano, harp, 1997

Lonely Spirit Guiding (text by Edgar Allan Poe), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 1997

To Zante (Three Poe Songs) (text by Edgar Allan Poe), soprano/mezzo-soprano, piano, 1998

Three Popular Songs (texts by James Joyce, e. e. cummings, William Blake), alto, piano, 2001

To live at all is miracle enough (text by Mervyn Peake), baritone, bass clarinet, piano, 2001


Catchment, pigment, segment, fortepiano, 1990 (also version for clavichord)

Two Lagrangian Functions, 6 pianos, 1992

Winter Eis, 1993

Holistic Sorites, 1994


Breuddwyd Rhonabwy, 1995


0703259851, 1992


Catchment, pigment, segment, 1990 (version of work for fortepiano)


The Aristotelian Causes, 1989

Weight of Wind, 1990

The Ephesian Calls, carillon (3 octaves), 1990

De Luiheid, 5 carillons, 1991


Obelisk (sound installation for 1–4 objects), 2010


Nourish, 2008 (Shereen Abdul Baki)

In Which a Lady Suffers a Loss, 2010 (Cheryl White)