Works Written for Julian Bream

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This page is dedicated to compositions written for Julian Bream to perform. Early in Julian Bream's career, some of the works were written enthusiastically by composers in hopes that the gifted young performer would play them on stage. At times Julian's father, Henry, would request pieces on behalf of his son in hopes that Julian could represent contemporary European composers for the guitar and build a repertoire that was distinct from the one being played by Andrés Segovia. Once Julian was an established performer, he would, at times, politely drop hints to composers such as "Have you ever considered writing for the box?" or he would formally make a commission for a composer to write a specific guitar composition either for solo or concerto. Sometimes the pieces were written and dedicated to Julian Bream but oftentimes they were written for Bream but dedicated to someone else. Most of the pieces written for Julian Bream were performed at least once on stage and he usually reserved the right to give the first performance. Some of these pieces were not only performed by Julian Bream but were also recorded for release on one of his many LP recordings. There are a small number of pieces that Bream, for whatever reason, decided never to record or perform.


  

Terry Usher: Suite for the Spanish Guitar (1945)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for Julian Bream
  • The suite was published in the BMG October 1945 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 in January 1946 that was cancelled (Button book). The 1945 date could likely be an error. There is more evidence to state that the piece was actually written between February and March 1947.
  • The piece was first performed at a PSG member meeting. The piece does not appear to have made it to any future recital programs after this time.
  • Published in 194_.



Terry Usher: Sonata in A (1946)

  • Requested by Henry Bream 
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Julian performed the Sonata at the PSG member meeting two days prior to the official performance.
  • First official performance by Julian Bream at his first public performance - Cheltenham Art Gallery on February 17, 1947.



John W. Duarte:  Meditation on a Ground Bass, Op. 5

  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream - likely in 1946
  • There is no evidence that Julian ever performed this piece in public.
  • Published in 1949



Reginald Smith Brindle: Nocturne for Guitar Solo (1947)[0]

  • Requested by Henry Bream in 1946.
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Julian performed at a PSG meeting and Smith Brindle happened to attend. Julian played "Nocturne for Solo Guitar".
  • Smith Brindle stated in his autobiography "He (Julian) could already play far better than anyone else I had ever heard".
  • First performance by Julian Bream at his second public performance at the Cheltenham At Gallery on January 5, 1948.
  • Reginald Smith Brindle's first published work.



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 Art 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's request.
  • Intended to be a single piece in three movements.
  • First performance by Julian Bream was scheduled for October 14th, 1953 but was delayed due to a hand injury.
  • First performance by Julian Bream at the Wigmore Hall on September 29th, 1954.
  • While Bream played this entire piece early on, he would frequently play the Nocturne movement by itself.[1aa]



Denis ApIvor: Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra , Op. 26 (1954) [2]

  • The distinction of being the first British guitar concerto of the post-war period.
  • The piece was written with Julian Bream in mind but it was not commissioned by the Breams.
  • Premiered by Julian Bream with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, conducted by Berthold Goldschmidt on February 11th, 1958.
  • Published by Schott in 1962
  • Julian performed it on Radio Three (Glasgow) in 1968.



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) [3]

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



Reginald Smith Brindle: El Polifemo de Oro (1956)

  • Four movements: Ben adagio - Allegretto - Largo - Ritmico e vivo 
  • The piece was based on four poems of Ernesto Federico García Lorca.
  • The work was hardly finished when Julian Bream visited him in Florence and asked for a new piece that he could perform.
  • Smith Brindle was initially hesitant to show him the piece. He did not feel that Bream at 23 was mature enough.
  • Julian Bream played on a BBC broadcast and at the Aldeburgh Festival in the late 1958.
  • Published initially published by Aldo Bruzzichelli in 1962 and then later Schott & Co. published a revised edition.
  • The composer feels that the best revision was written by Jan Erik Pettersen in Norway.
  • Recorded on 20th Century Guitar



Reginald Smith Brindle: Ten-String Music (for guitar and cello) (1957)

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream to play with his romantic interest Amaryllis Fleming, a promising young cello player.
  • Dedicated to Julian Bream and Amaryllis Fleming
  • First performance on a BBC broadcast on the 25th of March 1959.
  • Schott published it in 1978



Reginald Smith Brindle: Five Sketches (for guitar and violin) (1957)

  • Commissioned by Julian Bream


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 (Kammermusik 1958) [4]

  • These interludes are drawn from the Kammermusik, written in 1958, for tenor, guitar and eight other instruments.
  • The original vocal composition, Kammermusik, 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 Kammermusik)



Denis ApIvor: Variations for Guitar, Op. 29 (1958) [5]

  • Bream commissioned the piece in 1958 after having premiered the "Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra, Op. 26" that year.
  • Bream never performed the Variations for Guitar, Op. 29.
  • Schott published it in 1960 but that edition is out of print.
  • Isabel Smith premiered the piece 10 years later on the 8th of April 1968 at the Wigmore Hall.



Tristram Cary: Sonata (1959)



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

  • Bream commissioned the piece in 1958 for £30
  • The central movement is a homage to guitarist Django Reinhardt.  
  • The last movement relates to lute playing – it’s written in various modes, some transposed.
  • The 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.      
  • Recorded 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 Tippett: 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) [6]

  • 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) [7]

  • 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 Competition (1968) of ORTF, Paris.
  • Although no prizes were awarded by the jury, "The Bream" was given "la première mention".
  • First performance by Brazilian guitarist Turibio Santos at the Concours International de Guitare, Paris, October 17th, 1970.
  • First UK performance was given by Turibio 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) [8]

  • Commissioned by Glasgow Master Concerts for Julian Bream
  • Written for and dedicated to Julian Bream
  • Premiered by Julian Bream at 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)   

  • A piece written for and completed by Julian Bream after the composer's death.                                                           
  • 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) [9]

  • It consists 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) [10]

  • 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 Festwoche 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)

  • Written for Julian Bream
  • Recorded for BBC Radio 3 in the chapel at Wardour Castle, Wiltshire on the 8th of December 1986.
  • Released as a film extra for the documentary Julian Bream: My Life in Music.



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 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 premiere 21st November 2017 at Wigmore Hall, London, performed by Laura Snowden



Edward Cowie: Streams and Variations (2019)

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




INDEX  (alphabetical order of Composer's last name)

Anderson, Julian: Catalan Peasant with Guitar (2015)

ApIvor, Denis: Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra , Op. 26 (1954)

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

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

Arnold, Malcolm: Fantasy, Op. 107 (1971)

Arnold, Malcolm: Serenade for Guitar and Strings (1955)

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Five Impromptus (1968)

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Guitar Concerto (1970)

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Sonata (1983)

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

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

Berkeley, Michael: Sonata in One Movement (1982)

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

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

Britten, Benjamin: Folksong Arrangements Vol. 6 (1961)

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

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

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

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

Brouwer, Leo: Sonata (1990)

Cary, Tristram: Sonata (1959)

Cowie, Edward: Streams and Variations (2019)

Davies, Peter Maxwell: Hill Runes (1981)

Davies, Peter Maxwell: Sonata (1990)

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

Dodgson, Stephen: Prelude, Nocturne and Toccata (1953)

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

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

Duarte, John W.: Meditation on a Ground Bass, Op. 5

Eastwood, Tom: Ballade-Phantasy (1968)
Fricker, Peter Racine: Paseo, Op. 61 (1969)

Henze, Hans Werner: Drei Tentos (Kammermusik 1958)

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

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

Hilster, Ries de: Prelude (1945)

Lord, David: Soliloquy (1973)

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

Rawsthorne, Alan: Elegy (1971)

Searle, Humphrey: Five (1974)

Smith Brindle, Reginald: El Polifemo de Oro (1956)

Smith Brindle, Reginald: Nocturne for Guitar Solo (1946)

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

Swayne, Giles: Solo for Guitar, Op. 42 (1986, rev. 1995)

Swayne, Giles: Suite, Op. 21 (1976)

Takemitsu, Toru: All in Twilight (1987)

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

Tippett, Michael: The Blue Guitar (1984)

Tippett, Michael: Songs for Achilles

Usher, Terry: Arabesque, Op. 6 (1950)

Usher, Terry: Canzoncina (1950)

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

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

Usher, Terry: Sonata in A (1946)

Usher, Terry: Suite for the Spanish Guitar (1945)

Walton, William: Anon. in Love (1960)

Walton, William: Five Bagatelles (1972)

Wilson, Thomas: Soliloquy (1969)




Endnotes:
1. Richard Provost, "The guitar Music of Stephen Dodgson (with the help of S. Dodgson)", Soundboard (GFA) 1979, p. 3; Lewis Foreman, "Stephen Dodgson: Composer hailed for his guitar works", Independent: News, Obituaries, May 1, 2013. Need to add Guitar News article
2. Denis ApIvor’s Variations, OP. 29: Introduction to the Guitar Music of a Pioneering British Modernist by Mark Marrington, Soundboard (GFA) Vol. 42, No. 3, p. 26-27. Link to article.
3. Richard Provost, "The guitar Music of Stephen Dodgson (with the help of S. Dodgson)", Soundboard (GFA) 1979, p. 4; Lewis Foreman, "Stephen Dodgson: Composer hailed for his guitar works", Independent: News, Obituaries, May 1, 2013. Need to add Guitar News article
4. John Wager-Schneider, "The Contemporary Guitar (Hans Werner Henze)", Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 173.
5. Mark Marrington, "Denis ApIvor’s Variations, OP. 29: Introduction to the Guitar Music of a Pioneering British Modernist", Soundboard (GFA) Vol. 42, No. 3, p. 26-27. Link to article.
6. Jack Deither, "On Guitar and Lute - The Art of Julian Bream," American Record Guide (July 1968): p. 1022-2. Philip Pivovar, "Benjamin Britten's Style as exemplified in the Nocturnal, Op. 70", Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 51-55, 91.
7?. Wilfred M. Appleby, "Julian Bream", Guitar News 1972, p.
8. Wilfred M. Appleby, "Julian Bream", Guitar News January/March 1970, p. 11
9. Richard Provost, "The guitar Music of Stephen Dodgson (with the help of S. Dodgson)", Soundboard (GFA) 1979, p. 4
10. The Contemporary Guitar (Hans Werner Henze) by John Wager-Schneider, Soundboard (GFA)1980, p. 174.