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Steve Martland: Martland / Steve Martland Band; The Smith Quartet

Album Summary

>Martland, Steve : Horses of Instruction, for 11 players
>Martland, Steve : Mr. Anderson's Pavane, for wind octet
>Martland, Steve : Eternal Delight, for 11 players
>Martland, Steve : Patrol, for string quartet
>Martland, Steve : Beat the Retreat, for 11 players
>Martland, Steve : Shoulder to Shoulder, for brass, winds & piano
>Martland, Steve : American Invention, for 13 players
>Martland, Steve : Crossing the Border, for strings
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Notes & Reviews:

When Martland died unexpectedly two years ago the outpouring of love and respect from composers, pupils and industry colleagues was immense. He was frequently labelled an anti-establishment maverick (something those close to him would dispute) but there was no doubt he was an individual and an iconoclastic composer, performer and teacher. His refusal to conform to the composer stereotype led him down a unique path; he set up his own band and toured his music widely. Martland's music is rooted in the minimalist style and often amplified; the chugging, repeating syncopated rhythms more common in jazz and rock. Instrumentation including saxophones, electric guitars, bass, marimba and drum kits give his music a distinctive, edgy timbre, as in Beat the Retreat and Horses of Instruction, but this anthology demonstrates his music could also be distinctly contrasting and poignantly beautiful. Patrol, written for traditional string quartet, is influenced by Scottish folk fiddling, medieval music and the work of Henry Purcell. He explores music from the past again in orchestral piece Crossing the Border, his response to Bach's Chaconne in D minor. This album shows Martland to be an important voice of his generation of composers and should encourage many new fans to his work. 'He simultaneously thought his enfant terrible tag as particularly lazy journalism while at the same time positively relishing it' Joe Duddell composer/Steve Martland Band

Sunday Times, 27th September 2015
Music at once of political and of stylistic protest, Martland's has an intensity to defy datedness.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
This is, finally, the memorial that all of us who were admirers of Steve Martland's music have been waiting for... Anyone interested in the variety of British music of the 20th century should explore this outstanding release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Angel Studios, London (02/13/1991/05/06/1991); Church Studios, London (02/13/1991/05/06/1991); Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (02/13/1991/05/06/1991); Angel Studios, London (03/26/1993/03/27/1993); Church Studios, London (03/26/1993/03/27/1993); Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (03/26/1993/03/27/1993); Angel Studios, London (11/21/2000-11/23/2000); Church Studios, London (11/21/2000-11/23/2000); Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (11/21/2000-11/23/2000).



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>Martland, Steve : Horses of Instruction, for 11 players
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994-1995

>Martland, Steve : Mr. Anderson's Pavane, for wind octet
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Martland, Steve : Eternal Delight, for 11 players
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Martland, Steve : Patrol, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1992

>Martland, Steve : Beat the Retreat, for 11 players
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Martland, Steve : Shoulder to Shoulder, for brass, winds & piano
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Martland, Steve : American Invention, for 13 players
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Martland, Steve : Crossing the Border, for strings
  • Conductor: Steve Martland
  • Ensemble: Steve Martland Band
  • Running Time: 23 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1991