RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
'... beautifully expansive ...' - Patric Standford
Australian composer Jonathan David Little was born in Melbourne in 1965, and gained early experience as a chorister with the National Boys Choir of Australia. He studied composition, performance and musicology with Peter Dennison at the University of Melbourne, winning the Lady Turner Exhibition and a St Mary's College Academic Prize. He researched 'exotic' 19th and 20th century orchestration at Monash University, and has written and broadcast extensively on this subject.
Little's historically-informed compositional style has been variously described as 'Ecstatic Minimalism', 'Archaic Futurism', and 'Picturesque Archaism', blending art music, folk/Celtic and other sacred and secular musical influences from as far back as the fourteenth century with new and innovative textures and orchestration, sometimes also including spatial effects.
Based in the UK, Jonathan Little is currently professor of music composition and music history at the University of Chichester.
Further information: jonathanlittle.org
CD Spotlight. Practical Experiments? - Choral music by Jonathan Little, heard by Keith Bramich. '... Australian music with a difference.'
CD Spotlight. Tonal Clarity - Music by Jonathan Little, heard by Patric Standford. '... beautifully performed ...'
Record Box. An Inspired Creation - Music by Jonathan Little, reviewed by Patric Standford