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Carr, Gordon

Carr, Gordon

Gordon Carr was born in Matlock, Derbyshire in 1943 and educated at Dulwich College and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the horn with Barry Tuckwell. He has enjoyed a varied freelance career, which encompassed playing with all the major London orchestras. As a session musician he played on the soundtrack of numerous films including 'The Boys from Brazil', 'The Spy who Loved Me' and 'Straw Dogs' and on the backing tracks of much pop music. As a soloist he appeared at the Wigmore Hall, on the South Bank and around the UK, Italy and Belgium. In his twenties he began to write music, and wrote several large scale works for the Locke Brass Consort whilst a member of this group. In all he has written in excess of 130 works. For thirty years he taught at The Centre for Young Musicians and throughout his career has coached and conducted on holiday music courses. Conducting engagements have been with The Locke Brass Consort, London Brass Consort, London Youth Symphonic Band, London Youth Chamber Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble, London College of Music Symphonic Band and the International Summer School Orchestra at Keele.

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Gordon Carr - A Day in the Country (Horn & Piano)
Order Code: B&D12003

The first movement The Happy Fox is a London College of Music Grade 8 exam piece until the 31st December 2017, and a Trinity College London Grade 8 exam piece until the end of 2018

The second movement Idyll is a London College of Music Grade 7 exam piece until the 31st December 2017, and a Trinity College London Grade 7 exam piece until the end of 2018

The third movement To Home is a Trinity College London Grade 8 exam piece until the end of 2018

This delightful piece, written for Laura Sheppard when a student at Trinity College London, is beautifully written for both horn and piano.

The first movement The Happy Fox was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam piece for Grade 8 between 2004 and 2012, has been a London College of Music Grade 8 exam piece since 2011, and has been a Trinity College London Grade 8 exam piece since 1998.

The second movement Idyll was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam piece for Grade 7 between 2004 and 2012, and a Trinity College London Performers Certificate exam piece between 1998 and 2004.  Idyll has been a London College of Music Grade 7 exam piece since 2011, and has also been a Trinity College London Grade 7 exam piece since 2002.

The third and last movement To Home! was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam piece for Grade 8 between 2004 and 2012, a Guildhall School of Music and Drama Grade 7 exam piece between 1996 and 1999, and has been a Trinity College London Grade 8 exam piece since 2004.

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Gordon Carr - A Short Piece for A Long Piece of Garden Hose (Hosepipe or Horn in F)
Order Code: B&D12004

This short piece for hosepipe is absolutely brilliant if played at a lick, and is the perfect encore to send an audience home smiling. Written for the composer to play on a tour of the West Country with the Bristol Sinfonia, it has been performed internationally.

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Gordon Carr - Castle of Dreams (Horn, Violin & Piano)
Order Code: B&D12001

Written for the Hermes Ensemble with the composer being the horn player, Castle of Dreams is a companion piece for the Brahms Horn Trio and is of similar difficulty.

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Gordon Carr - Elegy for Lennie (Horn & Piano)
Order Code: B&D12011

Written in memory of Lennie Clarke, who was a fellow student at the Royal Academy of Music, and played by the composer at a memorial concert. The work has been used in final recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music.

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Gordon Carr - Five Creatures (Piano)
Order Code: B&D12005

A lovely suite of pieces based on images of different animals. Written for Sally Mays and broadcast by her on ABC. For studios and schools.

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Gordon Carr - Friends of Sally (Piano)
Order Code: B&D12006

Written for Sally Mays and broadcast by her on ABC, each movement is a musical sketch of one of Sally's friends, mostly distinguished musicians.

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Gordon Carr - Lyric Suite (Piano)
Order Code: B&D12008

This piece takes its title of Lyric Suite from that by Edvard Grieg, a composer much admired by the arranger. There is no attempt to imitate his style, but Grieg said that he wanted to make houses for people to live in rather than build cathedrals, and that is very much the thought behind these pieces.

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Gordon Carr - Movements for Brass Quintet
Order Code: B&D12009

Written for Thames Brass, a successful professional brass ensemble in which the horn player at the time was one of the composer's former students. Having spent much of his life as a horn player, and having also had the honour of working with the finest players, in Movements for Brass the composer explores the sonorities of brass in a way that is rewarding to play.

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Gordon Carr - Music for CYM Brass (Brass Quintet)
Order Code: B&D12013

Written for players at the Centre for Young Musicians in London where the composer taught for thirty years.

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Gordon Carr - Photographs for Piano
Order Code: B&D12010

Miniatures like snap shots in an album.

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Gordon Carr - Puppet Ballet (Piano)
Order Code: B&D12012

This charming four movement work, that aptly sounds like the title, is heavily influenced by twentieth century masters. The first movement dances between key signatures, creating the feeling of puppets not altogether in control of their faculties, while the second movement is unashamedly intense in character. The third movement includes some very nice jazz-like voicing at the beginning of the movement, with Carr using all the piano registers to add depth and colour. The Latin flavour of the final movement is a total departure from the previous three movements, bringing the ear back to the ballet again, this time in a fiery dance. The asymmetrical rhythms, shifting time signatures and registers, and the once-again intense chromatics jar us back to the herky-jerky puppets as they summon their ersatz dance skills. For the advanced intermediate performer as well as seasoned professionals.

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Gordon Carr - Soliloquy (Horn & Piano)
Order Code: B&D12002

Soliloquy was written for Laura Sheppard when she was a student at Trinity College of Music, and was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam piece, as well as having been a Trinity College of Music grade 7 exam piece between 1998 and 2006. For studios, schools, colleges, conservatories and professionals.

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Gordon Carr - Suite for Saxophones (Saxophone Quartet)
Order Code: B&D12007

Written for Trinity College of Music where the composer was a professor for eighteen years. Fun music and rhythmically demanding.

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