ensemble & vocal works
Ballad of Antinous (2017) Text by Nicole Butcher *in development for Peter Neville and Justine Anderson
Sop. Hp. Cel. 4Perc. (Xylo. Vbs. Mrmb. Crtls. Glock. T.Bel.)
To be premiered by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music peruccsion department October 27th 1pm 2017
Odysseus Songs (2016-17) *in development for Daniel Todd
Himeros (2016) dur. 15" dedicated to Georgia Royes
Fl./A.Fl. Cl./B.Cl. Perc. (3Tom-Toms) Pno. Tpt. Trbn. Vln. Vlc. D.B.
Premiered by Forest Collective, conducted by the composer at the Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre May 2016.
Sikinnis IIIb (2016) dur. 5.30" dedicated to Stephanie Arnold
Pno. Vln. Vlc.
Sirens (2015-16) dur. "20
2Vln. Vla. Vlc. optional Sop.
Commissioned and premiered by Allotropy! Pop Up String Quartet through the peak Victorian Government arts body Creative Victoria.
First performed at Forest Collective's 2016 concert series, presented as apart of Bayside City Council's Resonance
In the Red Fire of Passion (2015) dur.10" text by Oscar Wilde, from The Duchess of Padua dedicated to Igor Mihajlovic
Fl. Sop. Hp.
Commissioned by SoundSCAPE New Music Festival, Italy for performance by Cochlea Duo and Katelyn Isaacson, Soprano
Australian premiere performance by Rosemary Ball, Soprano, Tanya Vincent, Flute and Jessica Fotinos, Harp as apart of the 2016 Forest Collective concert series
Orpheus and the Cave (2015) dur. 14" dedicated to Benjamin Northey Text derived from the libretto of Orfeo ed Euridice, Ranieri de' Calzabigi and L'Orfeo, Alessandro Striggio
Fl. Cl. B.Cl. 2Sop. Hp. 3Vln./Vla. Perc. (B.D. Gng.)
Commissioned and premiered by Forest Collective at their 2015 concert Moonfall May 2015 at Melbourne Recital Centre as apart of the Metropolis New Music Festival, Rosemary Ball & Teresa Duddy soprano solos
"...Lawson’s usual lush sound palette is stripped back and spread about the room. The spatial distribution of the ensemble is some of the most effective that I have heard.”
Winter Canticle (2014) dur. 11” text by William Shakespeare dedicated to the memory of Joe Waterman
2Sop. Mez.Sop. Hp. 2Vln. Vla. Vlc. D.B.
"The premier of Lawson’s Winter Canticle proved the highpoint of the evening. Violin and harp created the texture of feet treading lightly on the forest floor while voices, starting softly, gradually increased in intensity to form whispers of text from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. While experimental, the music was by no means difficult on the ear, and the various layers of fricatives, half-formed words, soaring high notes and interjections from the ensemble were impressively executed with dramatic effect."
"The piece is a reworking of previous material, taking the emotional structure of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale as a formal basis. An introductory episode of drones and vocalises gives way to an astounding rhythmic explosion. The three vocalists declare “Winter!” as febrile string phrases scurry about. The voices speak and whisper phrases from the play in an emotional polyphony, accompanied by energetic scrubbing in the strings. Lawson has learnt well from his twentieth-century heroes including Britten and Vaughan Williams; even at itsdynamic peak the ensemble is always colourful, transparent and mobile."
Interlude in a Dream (2013) for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble dur. 8” with a text by the composer dedicated to Rosemary Ball
Fl. Cl. Tpt. Hp. Sop. 2Vln. Vla. Vlc.
Premiered by Forest Collective at Shared Sounds, conducted by the composer, Rosemary Ball soprano April 6th and 7th 2013
Sikinnis II (2012, rev. 2014) in 3 movements dur. 12”
Fl. Vla. Hp.
Commissioned by Judy and Peter Johnson in dedication for Claire Johnson’s completion of her P.H.D.
"Evan Lawson’s Skinnis for Flute, Viola and Harp (now on its second outing) was the only piece to utilise the harp’s majestic glissandi and full, ringing chords. These kitschy effects were welcome after the crystal-clear articulation and motoric effects of the “bean-counting harp.”
Let the Rivers Die Down (2012) dur. 6” text from an ancient Greek Hymn dedicated to Jessica King
SA Choir Pno.
Commissioned by the Australian Children's Choir
Ballad of Melierax and Circe (2011) dur. 7:30”
Fl./Picc. Cl. Pno. Vln. Vlc.
Premiered by Syzygy Ensemble, August 2011 at Kingston Arts Centre
Dominico's Mask (2010) dur. 15"
Fl. Cla. Hp.
Premiered by the composer, clarinet, Lina Andonovska, flute and Jessica Fotinos, Harp, at the VCA 2010
Four Early Songs (2010) dur. 10"
SATB Choir Pno.
Commissioned and premiered by Exaudi Youth Choir, conducted by the composer, St. John's Southgate, Melbourne, May 2010
Ballad of the Crying Satyr (2008) dur. 12:30” text by the composer
Fl./Picc. Cl. Bsn. Pno./Cel. Hp. Bari. Vln. Vlc.
Premiered by the composer, conducted by Christine Storey, at the VCA November 2008.
Also performed in recital by baritone Joe Coghlan, November 2010, at the VCA, conducted by the composer
And by Forest Collective, May 2011, sung by the composer and conducted by Louis Sharpe
Three Folksongs and Postlude (2008) dur. 8” text and songs derived from 3 British Folk Songs
Bari. Fl. Cl.
Premiered by baritone Joe Coghlan, flutist Tanya Vincent and the composer, at BMW Edge, Federation Square