David Lewiston Sharpe – the music

“For me, writing music is the distillation of memory.”

Musical Biography
David Lewiston Sharpe was born in Oxford in 1976 and educated in London; he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music. Since 1997 his music has been heard across the UK and in the USA, at London venues and further afield. His Piano Concerto No.1, composed between 1998 and 2001, was first heard in October 2002 in a concert given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square. Other works have been performed by ensemble 2000 (Blackheath Halls, 1998), Kingston Chamber Orchestra (2004 and 2006) and various soloists and chamber groups. The most recent premiere, of Four Deceptive Pieces for violin and piano, took place at King’s College London in February 2010.


Selected Works

Orchestral
Symphony No.4 (2009- ) 30′
Symphony No.3 ‘Song of the Sycamore’ (2011-12) 35′
Symphony No.2 ‘Hymn to the Nile’ (2003- ) 60′ – under revision
Eastern Cities – Prelude for Strings (2007) 5′
The Blaze of the Diamond (2006) 7′
Stone of the Seven Kings
(2005) 15′
On the Banks of the Roding – Idyll with Fanfares (2004) 7′
At the Western Shore of Thebes (2003) 9′
Symphony No.1 for wind orchestra (1999) 25′
Piano Concerto No.1 (1998-2001) 30′
Concertino for Violin & Orchestra (1996) 10′

Brass Band
Overture – The Lydian Fanfares (2004) 7′

Chamber
The Field of Reeds
, for violin and piano (2010) 7′
Sonata for Flute and Harp (2007) 10′
The Waters of Sirannon
for viola and piano (2003) 6′
far reaching shadows
for flute, violin, bass clarinet, piano (2002), 7′
Four Deceptive Pieces for violin and piano (2001) 10′
Cori Spezzati for 20 double basses (1998) 6′
Invocation
for double bass quartet (1997) 5′
Cartouche
for double bass and piano (1996) 5′
A Salvador Dalí Suite
– for 11 instruments (1998-9) 14′

Vocal
Twilight by the River – 5 Songs from the Theban Sonnets (2014) 15′
In the Tavern of Sweet Songs – song cycle for soprano and piano (2008) 55′
‘The Four Winds of Heaven’ for soprano and piano (2002) 6′
‘Far in a Western Brooklands’ for baritone and piano (2001) 5′ click to read Dr Kevin Whittingham’s discussion of David Lewiston Sharpe’s setting in his PhD dissertation, search PDF pages 140, 169.
Borrow’d Light (1. ‘Batter my heart’, 2. ‘Like to the falling of a star’, 3. ‘Peace’) for high voice and piano (1998) 8′
‘When They Saw the Star’ (Epiphany Anthem) for SATB choir (1998) 7′
Jesu Redemptor Omnium
– motet for soprano and 11 instruments (1996) 10′

Solo instrumental
Nocturne, for solo piano (2010) 4′
The Indifference of Vision, for solo piano (2002) 3′
Kenilworth Rhapsody, for solo piano (1995) 5′
Three Preludes, for solo piano (1997) 6′

To listen to some examples from the works listed in this catalogue, see the Music Samples page.

%d bloggers like this: