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Bryony Jagger


Born: 1948


Bryony Jagger was born and brought up in England. She did not come from a particularly musical family and her parents encouraged her writing talents more than her musical ones. Luckily, she had a school music teacher who supported her with the latter. She studied philosophy and music at Cambridge University with Roger Smalley, Robin Holloway and Patrick Gowers. Bryony undertook postgraduate study in composition and Chinese music with Professor Earl Kim and Rulan C. Pien in Boston USA. Further postgraduate study in composition was pursued back at Cambridge. She also privately studied Japanese music, particularly Noh drama during this time.

In 1975, Bryony emigrated to New Zealand and took up employment in Auckland. Private study of Maori chant commenced hereafter. For the Third New Zealand Asian Studies Conference in 1979, she wrote music for two Japanese dramas staged under her direction. Operas, songs, symphonic works and pieces for solo instruments are just come of the types of composition Bryony has engaged in throughout her life. She has plays oboe, cor anglais and recorder and has played with a variety of amateur and semi-professional groups in England, the United States and New Zealand. Has sung contralto in a variety of choirs in England and New Zealand and currently sings lieder in the Auckland Lieder Group of which she is President. She also performs poetry, has made several broadcasts of her poetry and published dozens of volumes. Her poetic works have also been published in a variety of magazines in Australia, New Zealand, and USA.

Composed (149)

A Birthday

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto and piano, 3m

A Dream?

for recorder and low voice (one performer)

A Mother's Carol

for SATB choir with soprano and alto solos, 3m

A New Day Dawns

for orchestra, 10m

A New Zealand Symphony

for orchestra, 20m

A Nursery of Pain

for treble recorder (with optional spoken voice), 15m

A Poem for My Lover

for contralto (with microphone) and orchestra

A Poet's Requiem

for three narrators, soprano, mezzo and contralto soloists, choir and orchestra, 1h 15m

A song for my Lover

for contralto, narrator and orchestra, 3m

A Tear Wiped Away

for soprano, tenor voices and harp, 15m

Are You Waiting?

for bass clarinet and small orchestra

Ave Verum Corpus

for counter-tenor, two tenors, baritone and bass, 3m


for flute, 2m


for recorder, 3m

Binary Fission

for flute and oboe, 5m

Birds of Enlightenment

for choir, soloists and percussion, 53m

Blood Lilies

for soprano and orchestra

Breaking Silence

for orchestra, 11m

Cancion del Naranjo Seco

for contralto and piano

Canonic Duets

for flute and bassoon, 6m

Canticle II: The Price of Experience

for soprano and harp, 10m

Cherry Blossom

for contralto, 1m

Child Angel

for contralto, 3m


for cor anglais and orchestra, 11m


for soprano, tenor, coloratura soprano, bass, harpsichord, strings and two dancers, 1h 40m

Christmas Cake Carol

for SATB choir with soprano solo and organ, 3m

Christmas Song

for contralto and piano, 4m

Christmas Song

for contralto and piano

Cinq Chansons de Bilitis

for low contralto and piano, 22m


for mezzo-soprano and piano, 16m


for voice and orchestra, 7m


for contralto and piano, 3m


for male vocal quintet, 6m

Creator's Quandary

for voice and treble recorder, 3m

Daddy Long Legs

for tenor, baritone and piano, 10m

Days of the Week

for treble recorder

Delusive Trance

for soprano and harp, 12m

Dreams in the Grass

for mezzo-soprano, treble recorder and narrator, 35m

Ears in the Turrets Hear

for tenor voice, 4m


for tenor and piano, 4m


for flute, trumpet and chamber orchestra, 4m


for flute

Epithalamium 1

for treble recorder, 3m

Epithalamium 2

for treble recorder, 3m

Eternal Rest

for tenor and SATB choir, 8m

Evening Tide

for narrator and five percussionists, 10m


for oboe, 2m

First Love

for dramatic soprano and piano, 30m


for tenor and bassoon, 3m

For the Unborn

for flutes (two or more players), 11m

For the Unconceived

for contralto and bassoon, 3m

Four Fantasies

for unaccompanied treble recorder, 16m

From the Land of the Tattooed Faces

for tenor, oboe and reciter, 8m

Given That

for contralto voice, descant recorder (or piccolo) and flute, 3m

Gloria for the Unconceived

for contralto, woodblock, triangle and horn, 6m

Great Sea

for boys choir, 5m

He Comes

for contralto and horn, 3m

He Comes

for horn and cor anglais or two horns

He it is

for contralto and piano, 4m

If "Red" be Read

for chamber orchestra

In Memoriam

for orchestra


for tenor and piano, 7m

La Nuit

for alto, tenor and piano, 4m 30s

Lament for a Lost Love

for treble recorder, 8m

Le Martyre de St. Sebastien

for soprano and baritone with harp and string orchestra, 9m

Leopards of the Moon

for soprano and violin, 11m

Let my Song be Simple

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Let This Be my Parting Word

for contralto voice and piano, 4m

Love Duet

for solo contrabassoon, 6m

Love's Alchemy

for tenor and piano, 6m

Lovers' Infiniteness

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 6m


for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and horn, 3m


for contralto, horn and piano, 4m

Meditation on Longing

for cor anglais

Mele Sapphoa

for counter-tenor and chamber ensemble, 16m


for medium voice and piano, 2m


for coloratura soprano and bassoon, 4m


for low contralto and chamber orchestra, 4m

Night Hours

for mezzo-soprano and treble recorder

On Another's Sorrow

for clarinet, 2 horns and 2 bassoons, 5m

On Another's Sorrow

for five male voices, 5m

On the Shore

for solo violin

Oreti Beach

for baritone and piano, 3m

Passer Mortuus Est

for contralto and piano


for three recorders and voice (one performer)

Plucking The Flower

for wind quintet (with optional voice)

Poor Fly

for five male voices, 6m

Psalm 88 Sonata

for two cellos, 16m

Release from Hell

for actor, two singers, chorus and instruments, 15m

Requiem Brevis

for unaccompanied double choir, soprano, alto, tenor, counter tenor and bass, 20m


for tenor and orchestra, 4m


for soprano and treble recorder, 20m


for five singers, oboe and percussion, 40m


for voice and treble recorder, 2m

Sinfonia di Requiem

for small orchestra, 10m


for contralto and wind quartet, 10m

Six Basho Haiku

for low contralto and chamber ensemble, 4m

Songs for Katherine

for high soprano and piano, 7m

Songs From the Asylum

for baritone and piano, 14m

Songs of Parting

for soprano and horn, 9m

Sonnets I

for horn and orchestra, 3m

Sonnets II

for solo horn and orchestra, 5m

Soul Flower

for contralto and flute, 1m

Summer Christmas

for SATB choir

Summer Madness

for contralto and piano, 5m

Summer Xmas

for SATB choir, 2m

Sun, Moon and Stars

for low voice and piano

Tanka: Reality?

for unaccompanied high voice (soprano), 2m

Tavern Fragments

for contralto/narrator and oboe, 30m


for solo violin, 3m

Te Kaminara

for baritone and chamber ensemble, 26m

The Bethlehem Star

for SSA choir

The Clod And The Pebble

for SA choir and piano, 2m

The Divine Meditations of John Donne

for countertenor and piano, 21m

The Drummer Boy Prelude

for voice and piano, 6m

The Glory of God

for flute choir

The Idea Came

for orchestra, 8m

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

for tenor solo and choir, 38m

The Marriage of True Minds

for soprano and violin, 3m

The Mask

for wind quintet, 3m

The Message

for mezzo-soprano and piano, 4m

The Paragraph Investigations

for unaccompanied treble recorder

The Red

for contralto voice and piano, 5m

The Shadow of Your Presence

for clarinet and orchestra

The Shadow of Your Presence

a song cycle for soprano and piano, 14m

The Shepherds' Carol

for SAB choir

The Sick Rose

for SA choir and piano, 2m

The Wall

for contralto and piano, 4m

Thirteen Basho Haiku

for tenor, bass and oboe, 12m

Three Heine Settings

for voice and piano, 6m

Three Li Po Songs

for low voice and two flutes, 6m

Three Maori Psalm Settings for the Dorian Choir

for double choir and solos, 17m

Three Simonides Songs

for low contralto, oboe, harp and timpani, 5m

Three Sonya Songs

for mezzo-soprano and clarinet, 9m

Three Tanka

for contralto and flute, 2m

Thyrsus Diptych

for solo flute, 5m

Time Long Past

for mezzo-soprano and cello, 4m

Tip of a Hair

for orchestra, 10m

To Althea From Prison

for solo tenor, 2m

Towards The Light

for orchestra


for mezzo-soprano and piano

Virgin Birth

for small choir, soloists, oboe and piano, 32m


for contralto and flute, 2m

Will You Remember?

for mezzo-soprano, 2m

Willy Worm And Pink Shawl

for clarinet, mezzo-soprano and piano, 4m

Wind Song And Rain

for SATB choir, 2m

Yonghy Bonghy Bo

for baritone and piano with household percussion, 10m

You Tread on my Dreams

for soprano and cello, 16m