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Mark Bowden Composer

“an exceptional and absorbing pleasure”

“a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition”

“powerfully dramatic”

the Guardian, on Heartland

Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

“mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things”

the Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

“an exceptional and absorbing pleasure”
the Guardian, on Heartland

“a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition”
Seen and Heard International, on Lyra

“powerfully dramatic”
BBC Radio 3, on Sudden Light

“mind-blowing, cosmic-consciousness expanding, and explosively ambitious contemporary cantata that meditates upon the origins of all things”
the Guardian, on A Violence of Gifts

Mark Bowden’s music has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ (the Guardian), ‘haunting’ (the Financial Times), ‘conjuring up magic and mystery’ (Opera), ‘beautifully evocative’ (Wales Arts Review), ‘nimbly choreographic’ (Birmingham Post), ‘dark, pregnant, turbulent, sparkling and brooding’ (Bachtrack), ‘quietly virtuosic’ (the Herald), ‘invigorating’ (the Times), and ‘powerfully dramatic’ (BBC Radio 3).

Selected works

Outside orchestra
Three Interludes orchestra
A Violence of Gifts soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
Five Memos violin & piano
We Have Found a Better Land SATB chorus
Channel Rose soprano saxophone & vibraphone
Beldam solo percussion
Heartland solo percussion & orchestra
Parable solo saxophone
Voices on the Air chamber ensemble
Sapiens solo saxophone & ensemble
Lyra solo cello & orchestra
Lines Written a Few Miles Below for solo violin & track
Airs No Oceans Keep piano trio
Tirlun orchestra
The Dawn Halts chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra
Sudden Light orchestra

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