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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
  • The suite was published in the BMG October 195 issue, p. ii
  • Does not appear that Julian ever played it in any of his recitals as a youth.


Ries de Hilster: Prelude (1945)

  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream.
  • Julian was supposed to have performed the piece on his first ‘trial” recital that was cancelled.
  • The piece does not appear to have made it to any future recital programs after this time.
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public
  • Published in 1946.


Terry Usher: Sonata in A (1946)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • First performance by Julian Bream at his first public performance - Cheltenham At Gallery on February 17, 1947.


John Duarte:  Op. 5

  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream.
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.


Reginald Smith Brindle: Nocturne for Guitar Solo (1946)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.


Terry Usher: Impromptu, Op. 2, No. 1 (1947)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • First performance by Julian Bream at his second public performance at the Cheltenham At Gallery on January 5, 1948.
  • Published in April 1948 by Schotts'


Terry Usher: Minuet, Op. 2, No. 2 (1947)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Published in April 1948 by Schotts'
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.


Terry Usher: Canzoncina (1950)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.


Terry Usher: Arabesque, Op. 6 (1950)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.


Stephen Dodgson: Prelude, Nocturne and Toccata (1953)  [1]                                            

  • Composed at Julian Bream' request.
  • First performance by Julian Bream was scheduled for October 14th, 1953 was delayed due to a hand injury.
  • First performance by Julian Bream at the Wigmore Hall on September 29th, 1954.


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 received 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) [2]

  • 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)

  • Commissioned by the BBC
  • Recorded on The Art of Julian Bream


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) [3]

  • These interludes are drawn from the Kammermusic, written in 1958, for tenor, guitar and eight other instruments.
  • The original vocal composition, Kammermusic, was dedicated to Benjamin Britten.
  • Premiered by the tenor Peter Pears, the guitarist Julian Bream and an eight-member chamber ensemble. Hamburg 1958
  • The composition is based on texts by the poet Friedrich Hölderlin.                                             
  • Recorded on 20th Century Guitar  (interludes drawn from the Kammermusic)


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 and 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 Aldeburgh 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) [4]

  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • First performance by Julian Bream at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1964.                                       
  • Recorded on 20th Century Guitar
  • Recorded on Nocturnal


Carey Blyton: The Bream, Op. 51  (1967) [5]

  • Carey Blyton’s first piece for guitar.
  • Requested by Julian Bream. Blyton used the freshwater fish, a Bream, in a slow-moving stream as inspiration.
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream (but apparently never performed publicly by him).
  • "The Bream" was entered for the 10th International Guitar Com-petition (1968) of ORTF, Paris.
  • Although no prizes were awarded by the jury, "The Bream" was given "la premiere mention".
  • First performance by Brazilian guitarist Turibo Santos at the Concours International de Guitare, Paris, October 17th, 1970
  • First UK performance also given by Turibo Santos in 1970, in the Purcell Room, London on November 2nd 1970 


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


Thomas Wilson: Soliloquy (1969) [ 6]

  • Commissioned by Glasgow Master Concerts for Julian Bream
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Premiered by Julian Bream at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on February 22, 1970.


Peter Racine Fricker: Paseo, Op. 61 (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)

  • The movements are prelude, scherzo, arias, fughetta, march and postlude.
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Broadcast performance for lunchtime concert series at St John's Smith Square in 1975.
  • The broadcast above is available on Youtube - excellent recording of the broadcast. Youtube link.


Alan Rawsthorne: Elegy (1971)                                                                                                

  • Recorded on Julian Bream 70's


William Walton: Five Bagatelles (1972)                                                                                

  • Written for Julian Bream
  • Dedicated to Malcolm Arnold
  • Recorded on Julian Bream 70's
  • Recorded on Dedication


Stephen Dodgson: Quintet for guitar and string quartet (1973) [7]

  • It consist of three movements: Overture, Scherzo and Chaconne.
  • Commissioned by the University of Lancaster for Julian Bream and the Sartori Quartet.


David Lord: Soliloquy (1973)

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream
  • First performance by Julian Bream


Humphrey Searle: Five (1974)

  • Written and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • First performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 1975
  • First broadcast performance for lunchtime concert series at St John's Smith Square in 1975.
  • The broadcast above is available on Youtube - an excellent recording of the broadcast. Youtube link.


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

  • Recorded on Rodrigo and Berkeley


Hans Werner Henze: Royal Winter Music (first sonata, 1976) [8]

  • Written for Julian Bream
  • In the form of a multi-movement sonata lasting nearly half an hour.
  • Each movement is based on a Shakespearean character.   
  • Premiered by Julian Bream on September 10, 1976, at the Berliner Festwochen in Berlin and in London 1976.   
  • Recorded on Dedication     

             
Giles Swayne: Suite, Op. 21 (1976)

  • Inspired by the sadness of Benjamin Britten's illness.
  • Edited by Julian Bream


Hans Werner Henze: Royal Winter Music (second sonata, 1980)

  • Written for Julian Bream


Peter Maxwell Davies: Hill Runes (1981)

  • Written for Julian Bream
  • Premiered at the opening concert of the Dartington Summer School of Music in 1981.
  • Consists of five interlinked movements, played without a break.
  • Recorded on Dedication


Michael Berkeley: Sonata in One Movement (1982)

  • First performance at the Edinburgh Festival
  • Played it live throughout an Australian tour in 1983


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, Op. 42 (1986, rev. 1995)

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream and written in 1986.
  • First performed by Gary Ryan on 14th October 1996 at the Purcell Room in celebrating Giles Swayne’s fiftieth birthday.


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)

  • Commissioned 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)

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


Edward Cowie: Streams and Variations (2019)

  • Commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust
  • Inspired by the River Sems that runs through the county of Wiltshire near Broad Oak, Julian Breams old home.
  • written with eight variations in the "form of pool and 'run' with four of each" EC
  • World premier 21st November 2019 at Wigmore Hall, London, to be performed by Saki Kato




Endnotes:

1. The guitar Music of Stephen Dodgson by Richard Provost (with the help of S. Dodgson). Soundboard 1979, p. 3. Stephen Dodgson: Composer hailed for his guitar works, Independent: News, Obituaries, May 1, 2013. Need to add Guita News article

2. The guitar Music of Stephen Dodgson by Richard Provost (with the help of S. Dodgson). Soundboard 1979, p. 4. Stephen Dodgson: Composer hailed for his guitar works, Independent: News, Obituaries, May 1, 2013. Need to add Guita News article

3. The Contemporary Guitar (Hans Werner Henze) by John Wager-Schneider, Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 173.

4. Jack Deither, "On Guitar and Lute - The Art of Julian Bream," American Record Guide (July 1968): p. 1022-2. "Benjamin Britten's Style as exemplified in the Nocturnal, Op. 70" by Philip Pivovar, Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 51-55, 91.

5. Julian Bream by Alfred Appleby, Guitar News 1972, p.

6. Julian Bream by Alfred Appleby, Guitar News. January/March 1970, p. 11

7. The guitar Music od Stephen Dodgson by Richard Provost (with the help of S. Dodgson). Soundboard 1979, p.4

8. The Contemporary Guitar (Hans Werner Henze) by John Wager-Schneider, Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 174.