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Christopher Marshall

Composer, Arranger

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Born: 1956

Biography

Christopher Marshall was born in Paris, France of New Zealand parents in 1956 and educated in Australia and New Zealand. A self-taught composer he holds a Master of Music degree with Honours, a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College London, and a Teaching Licentiate in Piano from the same institution. In addition to his music qualifications, he holds two postgraduate qualifications in the teaching of English as a second language.

Christopher Marshall’s orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber and choral music has been very widely performed and broadcast particularly in the United States and Europe. His music is accessible, idiomatically written and often exhilarating in its rhythmic ingenuity. It also places great emphasis on expressive memorable melody and frequently delights in integrating diverse stylistic elements.

In 1994 Christopher Marshall was appointed to the position of Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin for two years. In 1995 he was awarded the Philip Neill Memorial Prize. In 1996 he received a Fulbright Research enabling him to take up an 18-month composer residency at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. On his return to New Zealand he continued to build upon his overseas reputation and in August 2006 he headed for the United States where he was Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida.

Marshall has received commissions from City of Dunedin Choir, Washington Men’s Camerata, Summit Brass, San Francisco Choral Artists, UMM Symphonic Winds, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, United States Air Force Academy Band, Richard Stoelzel and Matthew Marshall. Recent premieres include Méndez (2015) for brass band performed by Summit Brass, To The Horizon (2016) for choir, Journeys of the Soul (2016) for orchestra performed by the Auckland Philharmonia, and Burning Blue (2017) by UMM Symphonic Winds.

Christopher Marshall’s music is published in the United States by Alliance Music, EC Schirmer and C Alan Publications and in Britain by Maecenas and has been recorded on several American and European labels. In addition, he has his own desktop publishing company, Vaia’ata Print which supplies high quality computer-set editions of his music.


Composed (93)

A Summer Carol

for a cappella SATB choir, 3m


Alafaya Suite

for flute choir and saxophone quartet, 19m


An Emily Dickinson Suite

for wind ensemble, 18m


Aue!

for symphonic band, 7m


Blood Wedding

a chamber opera, 1h 30m


Canco del Mar

for double SATB choir and ensemble, 10m


Chaconne

for orchestra, 10m


Clear sky

for soprano and piano, 3m


Consider the Lilies

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m


Dare to Hope

for wind band, 6m


Destinations

Two songs for bass voice, clarinet (offstage) and piano, 10m


Dona Nobis Pacem

for SSATBB choir


Earth Song

for SA women's or children's choir and tambourines, 2m


Earthsong

for SATB choir, SA choir and orchestra, 15m


Eastman Overture

extended overture for large orchestra, 18m


Elegy

for solo viola, 5m


Excelsior

for double SATB choir and chamber ensemble, 10m


Faleula E!

for a cappella SSATBB choir, 4m


Fleeting Visions

for soprano and string quartet, 10m


Flights of Fancy

Settings of eight New Zealand poems for Soprano and Piano, 20m


For What Can Be More Beautiful?

for SATB choir and chamber orchestra, 25m


Glimpses of Love

for SATB choir and wind ensemble/concert band, 23m


God of Ages

for SATB choir and organ, 3m


God our father, mother, lover

for mixed choir and piano


Golden Carol

for SATB choir


High Flight

for mixed choir and alto saxophone, 10m 30s


Hikurangi Sunrise

for orchestra, 10m


Holy day, holiday

carol for SATB choir, 3m


Homage

for violin and piano


I Hold Your Hand in Mine

for a cappella SATB choir, 2m


I lift up my eyes

anthem for double choir


I'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica

arranged for male voice choir unaccompanied, 2m 30s


Jewel Carol

for SATB choir, 3m


Kyrie Eleison (for the end of the century)

for choir, solo soprano, organ, piano and percussion, 16m


La Rose

for SATB choir with soprano and baritone soloists, 7m


La'u Lupe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SATB choir, 3m


La'u Lupe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SSAA choir, 3m


Levavi Oculos Meos

for double SATB choir


Light

for wind ensemble


Miniatures

For cello and piano


Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for SATB choir, 2m


Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for two-part choir and piano, 3m


Minoi, Minoi

arrangement of Samoan dancing song for SSAA choir, 3m


Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SATB choir, 2m


Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for SSAA choir, 2m


Moemoe Pepe

a Samoan folksong arranged for TTBB choir, 2m


My Florida Home

for solo tenor and SATB with keyboard accompaniment


New Zealand Advent Triptych

for SATB choir with soprano and bass soloists, 10m


Nobody

for unaccompanied SSATBB choir, 3m


O Fragile Human

a song cycle for mixed choir, 24m


O what is that sound?

For tenor, piccolo and snare drum, 4m


Okaoka

for symphonic band, 6m


Okaoka L'au Honey

a Samoan folksong for SATB choir, 3m


Orlando Lakes

for euphonium and tuba


Pastoral

for male voice choir, soprano solo and chamber ensemble, 10m


Pastorale

for military band, male choir and soprano


Prelude and Fugue

for pianoforte, 8m


Pusi Nofo

for a cappella SSAA choir, 2m


Pusi Nofo

for a cappella TTBB choir, 2m


Pusi Nofo

for two-part choir and piano, 2m


Pusi Nofo

for a cappella SATB choir, 1m


Raptures

for chamber octet


Real Gods

a melodrama for a cappella SATB choir, 10m


Renascence

concerto for piano and symphonic band, 27m


Resonance

for wind band, 11m


Rondorlando

an overture for symphonic band, 7m


Sau La'u Teine Samoa

a Samoan folksong for SATB choir based on Hawaiian popular music of the 1920s, 2m


Scherzo

for piano, 5m


Short Voyage in a Small Boat

for wind ensemble/concert band, 6m


Spring and Fall

for voice and guitar


Spring and Fall

for solo voice, 3m


Suddenly September

For soprano and piano, 3m


Synergy

for two flutes and piano, 5m


Tangi

for SATB choir with mezzo soloist, 12m


Te Rerenga

for orchestra, 12m


The Desert Shall Blossom

for a cappella SATB choir, 3m


The Last Ones

for SATB choir and piano, 5m


The Song of Gaia

for small orchestra, 17m


The Water of Life

for SATB choir with organ accompaniment, 6m


This Big Moroccan Sea

for SSAATTBB choir and solo tenor


Three Aspects of Spring

for violin, clarinet in A, and piano


Tihei, Mauri Ora!

a cycle of settings of Maori texts for male choir and clarinet, 25m


Time Out

for tenor, viola and piano


To Hear an Oriole Sing

for SAB choir


To the Horizon: Images of New Zealand

a cycle of songs for SATB choir, 30m


U Trau

for SSAATB choir and two wind bands, 11m


Wings

for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano


With Love at Christmas

for a cappella SATB choir, 5m


Woman Rising

for solo violin


You'll Never Walk Alone

arrangement for soprano and wind band, 4m 20s



Arranged (1)

I'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica

arranged for male voice choir unaccompanied, 2m 30s