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Contributor


Chris Gendall

Composer, Performer

Born: 1980

Biography

Chris Gendall’s works have graced the programmes of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stroma, NZTrio, the New Juilliard Ensemble and the New Zealand String Quartet. He studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition programme, the Royaumont Voix nouvelles Composition Course, and the Aldeburgh Festival – bringing him in contact with such figures as Magnus Lindberg, Brian Ferneyhough, Mario Davidovsky, Oliver Knussen, and Anders Hillborg. Chris was a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, and resident composer with Orchestra Wellington and at the New Zealand School of Music. He won the 2008 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work Wax Lyrical, and his debut portrait album Tones was released on the Rattle label this year.

“…the purest musical ecstasy. We were blown away by its swoops and gasps, swarming pizzicato fields and clever effects…” (William Dart on Gravitas, New Zealand Herald, May 2011)


Composed (30)

Aria

for piano


Blur Circles

for piano, 7m


Choruses

for shō, recorder and koto, 9m


dita

for percussion, 8m


Dulcet Tones

for violin, cello and piano, 10m


Eigene Gestalt

for flute, guitar, cello and piano, 6m


Epithets

for soprano and chamber orchestra


Friends of Distinction

for piano solo


Going Like Mad

for piano (four hands)


Gravitas

for orchestra, 8m


Great and Small

for piano (four hands)


GUNG-HO

for trombone, percussion and piano, 8m 30s


Hand to Hand

for percussion sextet, 8m


Impasto

for marimba/vibraphone and piano, 7m 50s


Incident

for two tenors, baritone, bass, countertenor, male chorus and chamber ensemble, 1h


Incident Tableaux Part One

for orchestra, 10m


Intaglio

for piano trio, 10m


Inward Goes

for solo flute


Leggiero

for trombone quartet


Monolithe Allemand

for piano


Rudiments

for chamber orchestra


Suite for String Quartet

for string quartet


Sweet Nothing

for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 9m


The Charm Offensive

for soprano and orchestra


Three Details

for guitar, pre-recorded electronics and 4-8 sustaining instruments


Triple Concerto

for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, 20m


Violin Concerto

for violin and large ensemble


Visionnaire

for vocal soloists, SATB choir and piano, 13m


Water Features

for clarinet, cello and guitar


Wax Lyrical

for chamber octet, 7m