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Works Written for Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Suite for the Spanish Guitar (1945)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Sonata in A (1946)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


John Duarte:  Op. 5

  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Reginald Smith Brindle: Nocturne for Guitar Solo (1946)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Impromptu, Op. 2, No. 1 (1948)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Minuet, Op. 2, No. 2 (1948)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Canzoncina (1950)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Terry Usher: Arabesque, Op. 6 (1950)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream


Stephen Dodgson: Prelude, Nocturne and Toccata (1953)                                              

  • Composed at Julian Bream' request.
  • First performanceby Julian bream


Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings (1955)

  • Requested by Richmond Community Orchestra
  • Written for Julian Bream to play with the Richmond Community Orchestra
  • Julian showed Arnold how the guitar works in reference to composition and Bream recieved it 3 days later
  • Julian Bream played the first performance with Arnold and Richmond Community Orchestra
  • Julian later asked Arnold to turn it into a concerto but Arnold declined


Stephen Dodgson: Concerto No. 1 for Guitar and Orchestra (1956) 

  • Written for Julian Bream
  • First performed and recorded by John Williams


Reginald Smith Brindle: El Polifemo de Oro (1956)


Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina, op. 52, no. 1 (1957)


Benjamin Britten: Songs from the Chinese for high voice and guitar, Op. 58 (1957) 

  • Recorded on Music for Voice and Guitar


Hans Werner Henze: Drei Tentos (Kammermusic 1958)                                                 

  • Recorded on 20th Century Guitar 


Denis ApIvor: Variations for Guitar, Op. 29 (1958)


Tristram Cary: Sonata (1959)


Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 67 (1959).  

  • Bream commissioned the piece in 1958 for 30 pounds
  • the central movement is a homage to guitarist Django Reinhardt.  
  • The last movement relates to my lute playing – it’s written in various modes, some transposed.
  • There one non-modal section was named by Malcolm as the "Aldeburgh mode" because of the first performance
  • First performance by Julian and Arnold at the Aldeburgh Festival.      
  • Recorder on Guitar Concertos
  • Recorded on To the Edge of Dream


William Walton: Anon. in Love (1960)                                                                                  

  • Recorded on Music for Voice and Guitar
  • Written for Pears an Bream
  • Dedicated to Lilias Sheepshanks


Michael Tippet: Songs for Achilles                                                                                         

  • Written for Peter Pears and Julian Bream.
  • First performance by Peter Pears and Julian Bream at Aldeburg Festival June 1961

       

Benjamin Britten: Folksong Arrangements Vol. 6 (1961)                                                  

  • Recorded on Music for Voice and Guitar


Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 (1963)                                   

  • Recorded on 20th Century Guitar
  • Recorded on Nocturnal


Richard Rodney Bennett: Five Impromptus (1968)                                                            

  • Recorded on Dedication


Tom Eastwood: Ballade-Phantasy (1968)



John W. Duarte:Five Quiet Songs, op.37 (1968)

  • Dedicated to Peter Pears and Julian Bream


Peter Racine Fricker: Paseo (1969)


Reginald Smith Brindle: Variants on two themes of J. S. Bach (1970)


Richard Rodney Bennett: Guitar Concerto (1970)                                                              

  • Recorded on Julian Bream 70's  


Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy, op. 107 (1971)


Alan Rawsthorne: Elegy (1971)                                                                                                

  • Recorded on Julian Bream 70's


William Walton: Five Bagatelles (1972)                                                                                

  • Recorded on Julian Bream 70's
  • Recorded on Dedication


Stephen Dodgson: Quintet for guitar and string quartet (1973)


Humphrey Searle: Five (1974)


Lennox Berkeley: Guitar Concerto, Op. 88 (1974)                                                              

  • Recorded on Rodrigo and Berkeley


Hans Werner Henze: Royal Winter Music (first sonata, 1976)                                         

  • Recorded on Dedication     

             
Giles Swayne: Suite, Op. 21 (1976)


Peter Maxwell Davies: Hill Runes (1981)

  • Recorded on Dedication


Michael Berkeley: Sonata in One Movement (1982)


Richard Rodney Bennett: Sonata (1983)


Michael Tippett: The Blue Guitar (1984)

  • Written for Julian Bream                                                                              
  • Dedicated "to the memory of Calvin Simmons.
  • First performance - Pasadena, California 11-09-83.


Giles Swayne: Solo for Guitar (1986)


Leo Brouwer: Concerto elegiaco (Guitar Concerto No. 3) (1986)                                    

  • Recorded on Guitar Concertos: Brouwer and Rodrigo


Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight (1987)

  • Recorded on Nocturnal


Leo Brouwer: Sonata (1990)


Peter Maxwell Davies: Sonata (1990)


Toru Takemitsu: Muir Woods (In the Woods) (1996)


Leo Brouwer: Ars Combinatoria (Sonata No. 5) (2013)

  • Commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust
  • World premiere 4th December 2014 at St John’s, Smith Square, London, performed by Andrey Lebedev


Harrison Birtwistle: Construction with Guitar Player: Beyond the White Hand (2013)

  • Commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust
  • World premiere 4th December 2014 at St John’s, Smith Square, London, performed by Andrey Lebedev


Julian Anderson: Catalan Peasant with Guitar (2015)

  • Commisisioned by the Julian Bream Trust
  • World premiere 21st November 2015 at the Wigmore Hall, London,  performed by Laura Snowden


Ollie Mustonen: Sonata No 2 for solo guitar (2017)

  • Commisisioned by the Julian Bream Trust
  • World premier 21st November 2017 at Wigmore Hall, London, to be performed by Laura Snowden