ORCHESTRAL & LARGE ENSEMBLE

 

Fast, slow, faster(2017) 8' Download PDF

orchestra

To the memory of Robert Rauschenberg

2.2.2.2 4.2.2.1 perc(2), strings


Ubu's Overture (2011) 20' Download PDF

orchestra

3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 perc(3), harp, strings

This is a condensed version of Ubu's Journey; in effect a shortened journey


Oldham (2010) 20' Download PDF

mixed ensemble

Dedicated to Jon Oldham

For COMA's open score project

A setting of Louis MacNeice's poem 'Cradle Song'. This was written as a section of a piece dedicated to the late Jon Oldham, and called 'Oldham'. Indi Kaur (voice), Andrew Toovey (harpsichord). Listen on YouTube


Ubu's Journey (2008) 30' Download PDF

orchestra

For Andrew Smith

3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 perc(3), harp, strings

First performance: 7th May 2011. BBCSSO conducted by Ivan Volkov. Old Fruit Market – Glasgow

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Smeared (2006) 12'

orchestra

Dedicated to Morton Feldman

2.2.2.2 + 2 alto sax 2.1.1.0 perc(1), strings

First performances: December 2006. Ricciotti Ensemble. Holland and London


For Morton Feldman (2006) 11'

mixed ensemble

written for COMA ensemble

First performances: August 2006. COMA Ensemble conducted by Greg Rose. COMA Doncaster summer school

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Viola Concerto (2004) 30' Download PDF

solo viola & orchestra

For Joyce McNeill

solo viola 2.2.2.2 2.2.2.1 perc(2) vibraphone, woodblock, harmonium, strings

First performance: 20th May 2005, Lawrence Power (viola) BBCSSO conducted by Henrik Schaefer. BBC Studio 1 – Glasgow

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Dutch Dykes (2002) 16'

orchestra

Comissioned and first performed by Orkest de Ereprijs, conducted by Wim Boerman Octoberr (Apeldoorn) and November (Amsterdam) 2002

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Oboe Concerto (1996-97) 20' Download PDF

solo oboe, harp and strings

Commissioned by the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition

oboe, harp and strings (6 6 4 3 2)

First performance: May 1997, IOW; Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard Studt

"I use the oboe melodically throughout the three movements of this concerto. Detailed, extended melodic lines with various types of accompaniment, including fluttering natural harmonics, overlapping chords, rhythmic chord ostinato and rapid arpeggios to be heard. In the second movement for instance the oboe plays a melody several times, each time the rhythm and embellishments are different I wanted the feeling that the soloist had somehow just discovered this melody and was trying it out in different ways." AT


Red Icon (1995-96) 32' Download PDF

large orchestra

Commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Symphony Orchestra

For Michael Finnissy's 50th birthday

3.3.3.3 4.3.4.1 perc(4), harps(2), cimbalom, harpsichord, 16 14 12 10 8 (max)

First performance: 23 February 1996, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London; conducted by David Porcelijn

Recording available on Largo CD 5139

"Engulfed by the huge tidal wave of the Toovey, inspired by the paintings of Rothko, a few traces of its sound world seemed to hint just audibly among the chains of hammer blows. Toovey's most extravagant use of colour, with its great juxtaposed blocks of tone, its contrasts between fiery speed and icy stillness." The Herald Glasgow

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Acrobats (1995) 14' Download PDF

large mixed woodwind, brass and string ensemble

Commissioned by Contemporary Orchestial Music for Amateurs (COMA)

First performance: 11 August 1995, Bretton Hall; Simon Foxley

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Come and Go (1994-95) 14' Download PDF

chamber ensemble*

Commissioned by Musik Fabrick

For Robert Chevara

1111 1111 perc(2):harp,piano,strings (min: 1.1.1.1. l max:4.4.3.3.2)

First performance: 3 March 1995; Dusseldorf Tonhalle

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Out! (1994) 16' Download PDF

concerto for two pianos and orchestra

Commissioned by YCAT for their 10th anniversary concert

For YCAT and EOS

2 pianos, 2222 0000 Perc. Full strings

First performance: 5 December 1994. QEH London, Joanna MacGregor, Andrew West, EOS, Charles Hazlewood

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Mozart (1991) 5'

string orchestra

First performance: 5 December 1991; BBC, London; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Joly

"..homage in abstract — a celebration (as odd as it seems) of the art of making (Mozart excelled at this), which continues in a world where it often seems senseless.." AT

Available for hire, from Boosey and Hawkes

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Black Light (1989) 10'

chamber ensemble*

For my brother Peter

1(=picc.) 1.(=corA).l(bcl).dbn1,Ebtpt.1.0—perc(2):glsp/xyl/6susp.cym/3tom-t/4gongs/pedalBD/crot/marimba/3wdbl/TD-harp—pft—strings(min: 1. 1. 1. 1. l max:4.4.3.3.2)

First performance: 20 May 1992 ISCM World Music Days, Warsaw; Ensemble Modern

"....gripping musical profile—, elemental in its raw power." Perspectives of New Music. Vol 33. No 1. 1993

Full score available, published by Boosey and Hawkes

Toovey Black Light


Áté (1986) 12'

chamber ensemble*

For Mark Rothko

Picc(=afl). CorA(=ob).bcl(=cl).dbn(=bn) 1.1(=picc.tpt) or Eb tpt.1.0—perc(2)-.xy/3wdbl/smallgong/susp.cym/BD/crot/lujon/ratchet/bongos/marimba/TD/large gong—harp—pft—strings (min:1.1.1.1.1, max:4.4.3.3.2)

First performance: 5 March 1988 October Gallery, London; Endymion Ensemble

"Toovey's work called Ate, inspired by the paintings of Barnett Newman, was conceived as a series of static columns of sound with group or solo interjections likened to the embellishments of key initials in illuminated manuscripts. Even with a small ensemble it managed to conjure a mood of solemn ritual" The Guardian

Full score available, published by Boosey and Hawkes

Toovey Áté

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*Ate/Black Light/Come & Go can also be played as a triptych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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