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Eric Biddington

Arranger, Composer, Publisher

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Born: 1953

Biography

Eric Biddington was born in Timaru in October 1953. He received his schooling in Timaru and Christchurch. On leaving school he started work as a labourer and combined this with study at the University of Canterbury. His musical studies were cut short by illness and he has not been able to return to formal study in music despite the support for this by the composer Douglas Lilburn.

In 1979 he returned to study after full time work as a labourer going back to a combination of study and labouring work. He graduated with B Mus, B Mus (Hons) BA, MA (Hons) and B.Sc degrees and left several others incomplete. In 1989 he was awarded a CANZ (Composers' Association of New Zealand) Trust Fund Award.

In the late 1990s he began to record on disc the results of 30 years quietly working away at music. Nine discs have so far appeared. Despite suffering from schizophrenia and depression since teenage years he has become a widely performed composer of music for amateur musicians. His orchestral works have been played by many of New Zealand’s amateur groups. Beside the orchestral music there is also a large quantity of chamber music.

Recent work includes the release of A New Zealand Fable, a CD of chamber music and poetry, and Unstrung Heroes, a collaborative project with cousin Terry Biddington addressing the issue of psychiatric hospital care. Eric Biddington lives in Christchurch with his wife and a cat, Wilbur.


Composed (181)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Wedding

for spoken voice, oboe, flute, clarinet and bassoon


A Hutt Suite

for oboe, clarinet, four violins, viola and double bass


A Hutt Suite

for oboe, clarinet, five violins and viola


A Little Overture

for string orchestra, 7m


A Little Scherzo

for double bass and piano


A Little Serenade

for orchestra, 4m


A Little Trio for Recorders

for two treble recorders and one tenor recorder


A New Zealand Evocation

overture for orchestra, 7m


A New Zealand Fable

for flute and piano, 3m


A Piece for Maurice

for piano and string orchestra, 6m 6s


A Short Overture

for chamber orchestra, 7m


A Suite of Psalms

for choir, 10m


Adagio for Bassoon and String Orchestra

for bassoon and string orchestra, 7m 30s


Adagio Triste

for two violins and piano


Air

for flute and piano


Allegro for Strings

for string orchestra, 5m


Allegro for Trumpet in D and String Orchestra

for trumpet and string orchestra, 3m 45s


An Elizabethan Garland

for wind quintet, 8m


Andante

for horn and piano, 3m


Anniversary Overture

for orchestra


Aorangi Overture

for string orchestra, 7m


Autumn Music

for viola and piano, 7m


Avon Waltz

for orchestra, 5m


Beauty and the Beast - a ballet for children

for wind quintet and piano, 50m


Blues and Samba

for 2 trumpets, cornet and piano, 4m


Cantilena

for solo flute


Canzonetta

for oboe and piano, 4m


Carillon

for french horn and piano, 3m


Cashmere Dances

for orchestra, 14m


Cavatine

for alto saxophone and piano, 4m


Christchurch City

for orchestra


City Carambole

for orchestra, 10m


Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra

for clarinet and string orchestra


Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra

for alto saxophone and string orchestra


Concerto for Clarinet and Strings

for clarinet and string orchestra


Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra

for flute and string orchestra, 15m


Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra

for oboe and string orchestra, 15m


Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra

for oboe and string orchestra, 16m


Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra

for two violins and string orchestra, 12m


Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra

for viola and string orchestra, 16m 18s


Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra

for violin and orchestra, 20m


Concetto

for horn and piano


Dance Sketches

for dancers and chamber ensemble


Duo

for oboe and clarinet


Duo

for flute and oboe


Festival Dance

for 3 clarinets and bass clarinet, 4m


Five Piano Preludes

for solo piano


Five Songs of Night

for high voice and piano, 13m


Five Stories for Three Winds

for oboe, clarinet and bassoon


Flute Concerto No. 2

for flute and chamber orchestra, 12m


Four Latin American Dances

for alto saxophone and piano, 5m


Four Piano Preludes

for solo piano, 8m


From Dusk till Dawn

for SATB choir, 11m


Haere Ra

for two-part treble voices and piano


Hornoresque

for four French horns


In Her Winter Sun

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 4m


Introduction

for clarinet and piano


Introduction and Allegro

for alto saxophone and piano, 4m


Introduction and Allegro for Cello and String Orchestra

for cello and string orchestra, 9m 38s


Introduction and Pastorale

for clarinet and piano, 10m


Jazzolette

for orchestra, 5m


Kyrie

for SATB choir and string orchestra, 8m


Largo for Double bass and String Orchestra

for double bass and string orchestra, 4m 27s


Lincoln Green Suite

for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon


March

for solo oboe


Miniature Suite No. 1

for 2 flutes and clarinet, 5m


Miniature Suite No. 2

for flute, clarinet and bassoon, 6m


Moderato

for flute and piano, 2m


Music for Friends

for violin, cello and piano, 12m


Music for Kathy

for violin and piano


Nelson Breezes

for four clarinets and bass clarinet


Nursery Rhyme Suite

for wind quintet, 6m


Of Fleas and Flies

for SSAA choir, 7m


Overture - For Fun

for orchestra, 10m


Partita No. 1

for solo clarinet, 7m


Partita No. 2

for solo clarinet, 7m


Partita No. 3

for solo clarinet, 7m 18s


Partita No. 4

for solo clarinet


Partita No. 5

for solo clarinet, 7m 30s


Partita No. 6

for solo clarinet


Partita No. 7

for solo clarinet


Pastorale

for clarinet and piano


Patterns

for solo viola


Peace for Hanna (Adagio for French Horn and Strings)

for horn and string orchestra, 6m


Prelude and Andante

for horn and piano, 6m


Prelude and March

for piano


Prelude and March: Saturday Morning

for chamber orchestra, 4m


Prelude and Romanza

for horn and piano


Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and Piano

for two violins, viola, and piano


Reverie for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano


Romance

for clarinet and piano, 5m


Romance for Oboe, Cello and Piano

for oboe, cello and piano, 6m


Rosehips in Winter

for flute, oboe and clarinet


Salve Wilbur for String Orchestra

for bells and string orchestra, 3m 48s


Scherzando

for solo oboe


Scherzetto for Clarinet and Piano

for clarinet and piano, 3m


Scherzo

for alto saxophone and piano, 5m


Seedgrown

for flute, clarinet, viola and double bass, 5m


Sentimental Piece

for violin and piano, 3m


Serenade

for violin and piano, 4m


Sinfonietta

for chamber orchestra, 14m


Sonata No. 2

for two violins


Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano

for clarinet and piano, 10m


Sonatina for Flute and Piano

for flute and piano, 10m


Sonatina for Oboe and Piano

for oboe and piano, 10m


Sonatina for Tenor Saxophone and Piano

for tenor saxophone and piano, 11m


Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Piano

for treble recorder (or flute) and piano


Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano

for trumpet and piano, 10m


Sonatina for Viola and Piano

for viola and piano, 10m


Sonatina for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano, 10m


Song and Dance

for flute and piano


Spring Dreams

for junior orchestra and two-part treble choir


String Quartet

for string quartet, 23m


Suite for Oboe and Piano

for oboe and piano, 6m


Suite for String Orchestra

for string orchestra, 20m


Suite for Tenor Saxophone and String Orchestra

for tenor saxophone and string orchestra, 10m 30s


Suite for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano, 8m


Suite No. 2

for solo cello


Suite No. 2 for String Orchestra

for string orchestra, 18m 30s


Suite No. 3 for String Orchestra

for string orchestra, 15m 26s


The Land Girl

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 3m


The Lord's Prayer

for voice and piano or organ, 2m


The River

for SATB choir and orchestra


The Tree House

for high voice and piano, 10m


Theatre Music Suite

for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, 10m


Theme and Variations for Horn and Trombone

for horn in F and tenor trombone


Three Bagatelles for Flute and Piano

for flute and piano, 10m


Three Cheeky Pieces

for solo clarinet


Three Duets for Two Cellos

for two cellos, 8m


Three Japanese Lyrics

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 4m


Three Pieces for Cello and Piano

for cello and piano, 10m


Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano

for clarinet and piano, 9m


Three Pieces for Horn, Trombone and Piano

for horn, trombone and piano, 6m


Three Pieces for Oboe and Harp

for oboe and harp


Three Pieces for Solo Oboe

for solo oboe, 4m


Three Pieces for Solo Viola

for solo viola, 4m


Three Pieces for Viola and Piano

for viola and piano


Three Songs for High Voice and Piano

for high voice and piano, 7m


Threnody

for solo clarinet, 3m


Tongue in Cheek

for three alto saxophones, 6m


Tongue in Cheek

for three clarinets


Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon

for clarinet, horn and bassoon


Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

for flute, cello and piano


Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

for flute, clarinet and piano, 8m


Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano

for flute, violin and piano, 9m 50s


Trio for Recorders

for recorder trio


Trio for Trumpet in D, Violin and Piano

for trumpet in D, violin and piano, 11m


Trio for Two Violins and Harp

for two violins and harp


Trio for Two Violins and Piano

for two violins and piano, 9m


Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

for piano trio, 11m


Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Cello

for violin, clarinet and cello, 8m


Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano

for violin, viola and piano, 8m 10s


Trio No. 2

for violin, viola and piano


Two Amourettes

for oboe and piano, 7m


Two Fanfares

for trumpet and piano, 4m


Two Fribbles

for solo flute, 4m


Two Little Pieces

for solo oboe, 4m


Two Little Pieces

for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, 3m


Two Pieces for Flute and String Orchestra

for flute and string orchestra, 5m


Two Pieces for Four Violins

for four violins, 6m


Two pieces for French Horn and Piano

for horn and piano, 8m


Two Pieces for Nine Brass

for brass ensemble


Two Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

for saxophone quartet, 6m


Two Pieces for Solo Flute

for solo flute


Variations on an English Nursery Rhyme

for treble recorder and piano, 3m


Wind Quintet

for wind quintet



Arranged (1)

Nursery Rhyme Suite

for wind quintet, 6m