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Ray Twomey

Composer

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Born: 1938

Biography

Ray Twomey, a contemporary classical music composer whose CDs are available in various countries, was born in England in 1938. He moved to New Zealand after the war where he completed his schooling. Ray immigrated to Canada in 1965. He is affiliated with SOCAN, an Associate Member of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Canadian League of Composers and New Zealand’s SOUNZ. Ray has composed close to a hundred musical compositions. His portfolio includes works for symphony and chamber orchestras, concert band, opera, vocal and chamber groups, solo instruments and various choral combinations.

His music, which is always carefully crafted, speaks in an idiom that is both approachable and deeply personal. His musical language centers around a unique harmonic essence underlying a wonderful melodic inventiveness. Ray’s music, with its tight formal structure, alludes to our rich western heritage combined with the expressive freedom of the 20th century. His sonic palette is widely ranging in timbral variety while conservative in melodic content.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Ray, now retired and loving it, was involved in the investment field and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. His other interests include scuba diving, sailing and even a little sky-diving, flying with the Calgary Flying Club, hiking, fly fishing and traveling. Ray has visited over one hundred countries. He was formerly a broadcaster with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and a High School teacher in New Zealand, England and Canada.


Composed (47)

5 Pansonics, Op. 28

for carillon, 10m


A Time Before, Op. 23

for symphony orchestra, 7m


Ascension, Op. 14-P

for piano, 4m


Ascension, Op. 14-V2

for two voices, piano and cello, 4m 15s


Ascension, Op. 18-V1

for voice and piano, 4m


Ascension, Op. 18-V2

arrangement for high voice duo and piano, 4m


Cinc! Op. 5

for marimba (or mandolin) and harp (or piano), 4m


Como? Op. 15

for concert band, 1m


Concertino, Op. 10a

for violin and string orchestra, 18m


Dialogues, Op. 27

for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, 14m


Diversion, Op. 1

for oboe and string orchestra, 5m


Diversion, Op. 1

for clarinet or oboe and piano, 5m


Diversion, Op. 1a

for clarinet and string orchestra, 5m


Diversion, Op. 1a

for clarinet and piano, 3m


Ehagay Nakoda, Op. 21

for piano trio, 4m


England Again

for wind quartet, 2m


Far Calling, Op. 22

for SSA choir and orchestra, 9m


General Glen, Op. 26

for concert band, 3m


Gloria in Excelsis Deo

for SATB choir and organ, 4m


Guitar Suite, Op. 19

for guitar, 15m


Harp - The Herald Angels Play!, Op. 31

for harp and orchestra, 15m


High Valley, Op. 20

for symphony orchestra with SATB choir, 29m


Love Songs on words by John Donne

for soprano and string orchestra, 8m


Love Songs on words by John Donne, Op. 6b

for soprano and piano, 10m


Marlborough Overture, Op. 7

for orchestra, 8m


Missa Novi Saeculi, Op. 12

a mass for a New Millennium, 17m


Music for Harpsichord, Op. 16b

for harpsichord, 9m


Music for Organ, Op. 16a

for organ, 9m


Oh Danny Boy

arranged for harp, 3m


Pater Noster, Op. 2

for SATB choir, 2m


Peace, Op. 13

for SATB choir and organ, 3m


Promenade, Op. 8

for piano, 5m


Psalm 47, Op. 9a

for SATB choir with woodwinds, brass and percussion, 8m


Psalm 47, Op. 9b

for SATB choir with woodwinds, brass and percussion, 8m


Psalm 47, Op. 9c

for SATB choir and organ, 8m


Reflections, Op. 24

for concert band, 7m


Sinfonia, Op. 11a

for string orchestra, 20m


Sonatina for violin and piano, Op. 10b

for violin and piano, 18m


Soundscapes, Op. 25

for two flutes, violin, viola, cello and piano, 11m


String Quartet, Op. 11b

for string quartet, 18m


The Great Harbour of Tara, Op. 17

for symphony orchestra, 14m


The Spirit of the Land, Op. 18

for symphony orchestra, 15m


The Three Shepherds, Op. 4

a made-for-TV Christmas opera, 25m


Timescapes, Op. 29

for string orchestra, 11m


Towards Evening

for carillon


Towards Evening

for two vibraphones, 3m