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Vocal Works (Choral)

From Flanders
Christmas carol commemorating the First World War ‘Christmas Truce’ that took place in 1914. Set for SATB choir with organ, words from a poem by Frederick Niven. Published by Recital Music.  Listen  Preview score  Purchase score  Programme note

Keep me, Jesus, keep me
Meditative setting for double choir (SSAATTBB) and organ, making best use of echoing church or cathedral acoustics. Poem by Waverley Turner Carmichael.  Preview score   Programme note  Listen (midi version)

Song for St. Thérèse
Anthem for SSA choir with piano or organ accompaniment, exploring the reflection of God in nature through setting of Old Testament texts and the words of St. Therese. Suitable for junior or all-female choir. Commissioned by Devon County Junior Choir, who gave the first performance at evensong in Exeter Cathedral, Saturday 7th July 2012. Preview score  Composer’s notes  Listen (midi version)

Come unto me
Anthem for unaccompanied SATB choir, setting Matthew 11:28-30 [King James Bible]as part of a trio of compositions celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine. First performed by the choir of Guildford Cathedral, directed by Katherine Dienes-Williams, at the cathedral evensong service, 19th February 2012. Listen   Composer’s notes

Hast thou not known?
An anthem for SATB choir and organ, a setting of Isaiah 40:28-31 [King James Version]. Written for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and selected as a finalist in the international King James Bible Composition Competition. First performance given by the Royal College of Music Junior Department Chamber Choir directed by Joy Hill, at Temple Church, London (May 2011).  Preview score Listen

Amantium irae amoris redintigratia est
Setting of the 16th century poem by Richard Edwardes, for 6 solo voices. Performed by Exaudi under James Weeks, at Dartington International Summer School 2010.  Preview score  Listen

Devon, My Home
A folk-like anthem for Devon, composed for unaccompanied SATB. Awarded second prize in the 2008 ‘Song4Devon’ competition (choral category). Preview score

Asvins
Pronounced ‘Ushwin’, a setting of texts from the Sama Veda and Rig Veda for large SATB choir. Workshopped by Bayley Voices, Durham, 2005. Preview score

Vocal Works (Solo)

Anthem for Doomed Youth
Wilfred Owen’s poem set for unaccompanied baritone voice.

Instrumental Works

The Space Between You and I
For alto flute and tenor trombone. Commissioned for and premiered at A Quiet Night In in 2016 – a new music concert series part-funded by the Sound & Music Composer-Curator scheme.

Fanfare (Bristol Fashion)
For three trumpets.

Let’s Throw Some Shapes!
A series of guided improvisation pieces experimenting with musical response to visual stimuli, devised for the experimental improv group Get Rich Quick.

Statik
Duet for two flutes. First performance by Ruth Molins and Anna Matthews at The Bike Shed, Exeter, 30th June 2013.  Preview score

Gembird: Seven! for Six
A colourful work for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello. The musical organisation of time through the properties of the number 7! (that is, 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1) and its factorial multiples means constant patterns always changing – the same but never the same. Written for Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), 2012. Preview score Listen

Monsters Under the Bed
A prelude for harpsichord exploring the unique timbre of the instrument and specifically avoiding faux-Baroque styling!  View the score and print your own copy for free.

The Map
A duet for marimba and piano, exploring their similarities as percussion instruments. Workshopped by Tim Williams and Richard Casey of Psappha, Durham, 2005.   Listen

Sonata Consequenza
A mischievous quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, each playing the lead at different points during the proceedings. Workshopped by Chroma in 2004, and performed by Psappha in 2005 at the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference.  ♫ Listen

String Quartet
A Schoenbergian exploration of sonata form, workshopped by the Allegri Quartet, Durham, 2003.

Yearnings and Fears
An expressive work for solo piano, first performed by Armenian pianist Andy Nercessian in Durham, 2003.  Listen

Convections
For flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Workshopped by students from Durham University, Durham, 2002.

Electronic Works

Untitled (America’s Secret)
Electroacoustic composition, originally for 4-speaker surround system, created in Durham University’s studios using the manipulated sounds of upright piano, flute and recordings from a visit to the USA in 2004.  Listen

Arrangements for Flute Ensemble

Having played many an unsatisfying flute ensemble arrangement(!), Anna’s quartets are designed around the principle of equality. They are written for players of equal ability: flautists should find them as interesting, challenging and satisfying whichever part they play. For scores and parts, please get in touch.

‘Aria’ from Goldberg Variations (J.S. Bach) – for flute quartet (medium difficulty)
‘Variatio 30. Quodlibet’ from Goldberg Variations (J.S. Bach) – for flute quartet (medium difficulty)
1st Arabesque (Debussy)
 – for flute quartet (advanced). Listen online
‘Rondo’ from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) – for flute quartet (medium difficulty)
Coventry Carol (traditional) – for flute quartet (easy)

Works in Progress

Anna is currently working on a number of pieces, including:

  • A work for two alto flutes with electronics
  • Arrangement of Grieg’s Morning from Peer Gynt for flute quartet.
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