JENNIFER WALSHE: WORK LIST

Jennifer Walshe and the Arditti Quartet performing EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT. Photograph: IMD 2016/Daniel Pufe. 

Jennifer Walshe and the Arditti Quartet performing EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT. Photograph: IMD 2016/Daniel Pufe. 

Works listed in reverse chronological order. 

Scores available from the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. If you want to search works by instrumentation, head to the CMC's website where this option is available. 

2016

A Girl’s Book of Song (2016) for girls choir. Commissioned by the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. 11’

EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT (2016) for voice, string quartet and film (with sound). Commissioned by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Germany; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK; Gong Tomorrow, Denmark; November Music, Netherlands; Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece for Jennifer Walshe and the Arditti Quartet. Interview, review, short documentary. 41'

2015

AN GLÉACHT (2015) for 1+ performers. Commissioned by Cork Film Festival. 30'. Notes

1984 IT'S O.K. (2015) for violin, cello and percussion. Commissioned by Transit Festival, Belgium for Nadar Ensemble. 12'. Documentation

VOLUNTEER CHORUS (2015) for 5 or more performers. Free duration. Documentation + notes.

13 Vices (2015) for string trio, three improvisers and voice. Written in collaboration with Brian Irvine.  Commissioned by Moving on Music. 80'. Review + Excerpt.

Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-Garde (2015)  Funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Grant. See www.aisteach.org + Quietus article.

Zusammen ii (2015) for seven performers. Commissioned by [rout]. 10’.

2014

The Chimes Hours (2014) for ensemble, four soloists, quartet of improvisers, multiple installations and film. Written in collaboration with Lee Patterson and Peter Meanwell. Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music. 60'. Film about the project.

Zusammen i (2014) for ten performers, from "The Chimes Hours". 10'. Documentation & score.

THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN (2014) for voice and film (with sound). Commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. 41'. Excerpt & notes. Available to purchase on DVD here.

THE SIGNING (2014) shadow opera for voice, violin, shadow puppets and film. Written by Tony Conrad and Jennifer Walshe. Commissioned by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada. Info + InterviewFilms

TRAINING IS THE OPPOSITE (2014) chamber opera for soprano, string quartet, electronics and film. Commissioned by Size Zero Opera with funds provided by Arts Council, Hinrichensen Foundation and RVW TrustInterview about the project +  Review of premiere

THEY LEFT HIM IN THE OCEAN (2014) for string quartet and DVD.  Commissioned by the Arditti Quartet. 5'

2013

DORDÁN (2013) for clarinet, trombone, guitar, cello, double bass and DVD. Funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Grant. 35'. Documentation & notes.

WASH ME WHITER THAN SNOW (2013) for violin, cello and DVD. Commissioned by Césaré, Centre National du Création Musicale, Reims, France. 16'. Documentation & notes.

DURATION & ITS SIMPLE MODES (2013) for solo voice and 16 voice choir. Commissioned by the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin for the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin. 12’. Documentation.

LANGUAGE RUINS EVERYTHING (2013) for counter-tenor, piano, volunteer chorus and DVD. For Daniel Gloger and Sebastian Berweck. 10’. Documentation.

EVERYTHING YOU OWN HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A DEPOT SOMEWHERE (2013) for three performers. Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring. 10’. Documentation.

2012

Historical Documents of the Irish Avant-garde Vol. 1: Dada (2012) for voice and electronics. Commissioned by the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. 10’. Recording & notes.

The White Noisery (2012) for 16 voices (with objects) and CD. Commissioned by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland. 30’

SILENTLY & VERY FAST (2012) for any number of performers. Commissioned by Third Ear with funds provided by PRS for Music Foundation.

Look, Stranger on this Island (2012) for voice and electronics. Commissioned by Third Ear with funds provided by PRS for Music Foundation. 3’.

Die Taktik (2012) opera for 4 voices, chorus, 3 dancers, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and electronics. Commissioned by Stuttgart Junge Oper. 61’. Oper Stuttgart + Interview.

2011

Atlanta 2089 (2011) for voice, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, guitar, cello and DVD. Commissioned by ensemble ascolta/Bent Frequency. 41’.

METTA (2011) for flute, clarinet, trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, violin, cello and voice. Commissioned by November Music and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for ensemble ]h[iatus. 11’.

Flor Hartigan’s To Damhnait Brixius (2011) for voice and ensemble. Commissioned by Cut & Splice Festival for ensemble ascolta. 10’.

A Folk Song Collection (2011) for three voices. Commissioned by Olaf Nicolai for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart as part of the Escalier du Chant project at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. 10’ "A Folk Song Collection" Booklet + Escalier du Chant  +  Book of project.

ALL THE MANY PEOPLS (2011) for solo voice, DVD and electronics. Two versions: 28’ and 54’. Excerpt + Review.

The Soft Menagerie (2011) for three voices. Commissioned by Olaf Nicolai for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart as part of the Escalier du Chant project at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. 10’. Excerpt & notes + "The Soft Menagerie" booklet + Escalier du Chant + Book of project.

WATCHED OVER LOVINGLY BY SILENT MACHINES (2011) for five voices (with objects) and DVD. Commissioned by Südwestrundfunks (SWR) for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2011. 29’. Documentation.

Julian & Kanye (2011) for three voices. Commissioned by Olaf Nicolai for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart as part of the Escalier du Chant project at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. 5’. Excerpt & notes + "Julian & Kanye" booklet + Escalier du Chant + Book of project.

HYGIENE (2011) for violin, viola or cello, 8 performers and DVD. For stock11. 11’. Stock11 perform HYGIENE + ensemble ]h[iatus perform HYGIENE.

2010

lashings of the old ultra-v. (2010) for four male voices and electronics. Commissioned for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart by Musik der Jahrhunderte. 25’.

The Church of Frequency & Protein (2010) for voice, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, guitar, cello and DVD. Commissioned by ensemble ascolta and TonLagen/Dresden. 52’. 

Stuttgart 2089 (2010) for voice, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, guitar, cello and DVD. Commissioned by ensemble ascolta. 41’. 

Freya Birren’s The Faerie Queene (2010) for voice, guitar and DVD. Commissioned by the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland. 8’. Film + Purchase here.

Wilhelm vs. Bruce (Fists of Fury!) (2010) for 16-channel sound. Commissioned by Musik 21 Niedersachsen as part of the “16 Daily Experiences” project. 5’.

Hotel Chelsea (2010) for organ and symphony orchestra. Commissioned for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland by RTÉ. 15’. Review.

2009

The Geometry (2009), opera for 4 actors, voice, clarinet, guitar, live electronics. Commissioned by Object Collection with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. 60’. Notes & pics.

Performat #2 (2009) for voice and electronics. Commissioned by Lucie Fontaine. 6’. Excerpt + Vinyl.

Freya Birren’s Libris Solar (2009) for voice and orchestra. Commissioned by the Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice. 8’. Jennifer Walshe and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro La Fenice perform Libris Solar at the Basilica dei Frari, Venice + Purchase here.

MARLOWE S. (2009) for string quartet, tape recorder and CD. Commissioned by the Quatuor Bozzini with funds from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. 22’.

2008

Thelma Mansfield (2008) for flute, percussion and piano with DVD. Commissioned by Trio Nexus with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. 25’. Excerpt.

Violetta Mahon’s Dream Diaries, 1988-2008 (2008) for trumpet, trombone, cello, two percussionists, piano, cello and CD. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council through the INCONTEXT3 Public Art programme and funded under the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme. 30’. 

PADDY REILLY RUNS WITH THE DEVIL (2008) for five vocalists with mp3 players. Commissioned for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart by Musik der Jahrhunderte. 4’.

he was she was (2008) for four performers and CD. Commissioned by CoMA with funds from the Performing Rights Society Foundation, the Arts Council of England London and subscribers to CoMA’s CoM>missioning Scheme. 5’.

The Dowager Marchylove’s The Wasistas of Thereswhere (2008) for voice, tin whistle, kazoo and live electronics. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. 15’.

becher (2008) for solo piano. Commissioned by the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and RTÉ Lyric FM. 5’.

Turf Boon’s Community Choir Drawing 8291: lámh (2008) for voice, chamber ensemble and laptop. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. 22’.

Detleva Verens’ Scintillia (2008) for solo voice, with film canister and comb. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. 6’.

Flor Hartigan’s Conturador (2008) for solo or ensemble. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. Free duration.

2007

 i: same person/ii: not the same person (2007) two versions – one for solo voice (with psaltery), instruments and laptop; one for solo voice (with psalter) and electronics. Commissioned by Ultrasound Festival, Tel Aviv. 23’; 32’.

Flor Hartigan’s whives: trio and solo (2007) Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. 7’.

My Extensive Relationship with Mr. Stephen Patrick M. (2007) for oboe, clarinet, accordion, percussion, voice, cello and CD. Commissioned by the Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg/Vienna for the Wien Modern Festival. 20’. 

“The Blue Room” from FASTER, FASTER, PUSSYCAT - KILL KILL KILL! (2007) for piano. Commissioned by Mary Dullea. 3’.

Ukeoirn O’Connor’s Three Songs (2007) for voice and ukelele. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s InContext3 programme. 12’.

Physics for the Girl in the Street (2007) for voice and percussion quartet. Commissioned by Maerzmusik Festival for the Schlagquartett Köln. 35’.

2006

elephant (2006) for harp and guns. Commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for Rhodri Davies. 4’.

passenger (2006) for string orchestra. Commissioned by Musik der Jahrhunderte for the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester for the 2006 ISCM World New Music Days Festival. 30’.

22’30” for a singer (2006) for voice and laptop. Commissioned by the Semper Oper, Dresden. 22’30”.

dub/ber/vie (2006) for voice, 4-channel sound projection and live electronics. Written with Bernhard Gál. Commissioned by ZKM (Karlsruhe). 35’.

2005

The Procedure for Smoothing Air (2005) for trombone, voice, piano, cello and CD. Commissioned by RTÉ for Crash Ensemble. 15’.

Motel Abandon (2005) for voice, actor, cello, DVD and multiple CDs. Commissioned by the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. 30’.

The Book of Tamworth (2005) for any forces. Originally commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland. Free duration.

(your name here) (2005) for voice, violin and video. Commissioned by BELEF, Belgrade. 20’.  

 G.L.O.R.I.- (2005) for solo voice. Commissioned by Art of Sound, Ireland. 4’.

meanwhile, back at the ranch… (2005) for seven performers and image controller. Commissioned by ensemble ascolta. Free duration.

2004

#214: the son and heir (2004) for voice, clarinet and cello. Commissioned by the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. ca. 20’.

nature data (2004) for voice and dictaphones. Commissioned by Wien Modern. ca. 10’.

A Fyne Prospeckte: Jim and Christine Sheenan’s Chateau Tamworth (2004) for four performers. Commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland. 19’.

x=dative case (2004) for french horn. Commissioned for OR_BIT by the 2004 ISCM World New Music Days Festival. 1’.

set phasers on KILL! (2004) for three female voices and two male voices, trombone, two percussionists, prepared piano, viola, cello, video, slides and CD. ca. 30’.

Cooking with Stone (2004), open score. Commissioned by Apartment House. 5’.

#132: the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat (2004) for voice, cello and viola/percussion. Commissioned by Q-02. ca. 30’.

#112: dear hero imprison’d (2004) for two voices and cello. Commissioned by Akademie Schloss Solitude. Performed by Apartment House in Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, May 21st 2004. ca. 20’.

THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS /AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE (2004) for solo or ensemble. Commissioned by Anton Lukoszevieze. Free duration. Recording + Soundcloud.

a sensitive number for the laydeez (2004) for viola, saxophone, percussion, piano and video. Commissioned by ensemble Intégrales. ca. 10’. Listen to recording on Edition Zeitklang + Purchase on iTunes here + Soundcloud.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart rehearsing he wants his cowboys to sound like how he thinks cowboys should sound, Fylkingen, Stockholm

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart rehearsing he wants his cowboys to sound like how he thinks cowboys should sound, Fylkingen, Stockholm

2003

XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! (2003) for two female vocalists, clarinet, trombone, accordion, cello, two puppeteers, two camera operators and CD. Commissioned by Dresdener Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik and Wien Modern. 34'. Excerpt + Purchase DVD here.

minard/nithsdale (2003) for string quartet and two boomboxes. Commissioned by SCI/ASCAP. 10'. Recording.

2002

been in a room and a room and a room and a room (2002) for twelve voices. Commissioned by Crash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland. 15’.

theme from (2002) for violin and piano with walkie-talkies. Commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. 10’.

here we are now (2002) for voice, cello, trombone and percussion. Commissioned by Sudwest Rundfunk (SWR), Germany. 18’. Recording & notes

unbreakable line. hinged waist. (2002) for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello. Commissioned by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt for ensemble récherche. 15’. Recording & notes.

movement v: presto giocose (2002) for chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 3’.

2001

ná déan NÍL CEAD (2001) for voice and string ensemble. Commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR), Germany for Ensemble Resonanz. 15’.  

dirty white fields (2001) for voice and violin. Commissioned by the National Concert Hall, Dublin Ireland. 15’.

NOW WASH YOUR HANDS (2001) for voice, cello and two djs. Commissioned by the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. 25’.

small small big (2001) for wind ensemble. Commissioned by James Cavanagh and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble with the assistance of the New Music Commissioning Scheme of the Arts Council of Ireland. 12’.

moving in/love song/city front garden with old men (2001) for tenor voice and piano. Commissioned by RTÉ. 22’.

2000

like glass in a mirror on a windowpane (2000) for wind quintet. 12’.

as mo cheann (2000) for voice and violin. 15’.