Kit Powell

02.12.1937

Kit Powell was born in Wellington, New Zealand. After graduating he taught music and mathematics at a New Zealand high school and later lectured at Christchurch Teachers Training College where he led numerous courses in new and creative music. He has lived with his family in Switzerland since 1984. Besides his activities as composer he is also a teacher for language and music theory and trained in computer music (Swiss Centre for Music and UPIC (Centre for Contemporary Music) in Paris.
He composes in almost all areas of music including choir (sung and spoken), orchestra, chamber music, brass band, percussion, music theatre, and electronic music. Kit Powell is the author of books on the subject of teaching music.

Kit Powell
Promenadenstr. 24
CH-8193 Eglisau
Fon: +41 (0)44 867 13 48
E-mail: powell.kit@gmail.com
Web: http://www.kitpowell.ch


Samples:


Scores


Nelson Songs (1986)
10'
for baritone and recorded material
Order No: 10002, sFr. 26.00
(Recorded material available on request)
Texts by Michael Harlow. Experimental piece using primarily graphic notation.

Sonatina for Trombone (1986)
8'
for trombone and piano
Order No: 10003, sFr. 26.00
(Trombone Part available from SME/EMS: sFr. 12.-; 12.-)
Composed in four movements (like a sonata da chiesa).

Flötenspieler und Fledermäuse (1987)
6'
for transverse flute (c' - g) and recorded material
Order No: 10004, sFr. 29.00
(Recorded material available on request)
A piece with various modern playing methods based on a picture by Kokoschka bearing the same name.

Chinese Songs (1988)
16'
for high soprano and recorded material
Order No: 10006, sFr. 34.00
(Recorded material available on request)
Text from 'Tao Te Ching' and 'I Ching'. A confrontation of two contrasting philosophies.

Concerto for 2 Violins and String Orchestra (1989)
25'
Order No: 10007, sFr. 57.00
Demanding solo parts with amateur orchestra.

Father's Telescope (1989)
15'
Music theatre piece
for singer, speaker and recorded material
Order No: 10008, sFr. 34.00
Texts by Michael Harlow. Playful work dealing with power and submission.

Vlaminck's Tie (1985/92)
18'
for baritone and piano
Order No: 10015, sFr. 57.00
Texts by Michael Harlow. A cycle of movements in mirror form.

Amselbaum (1992)
15'
for soprano and piano
Order No: 10016, sFr. 47.00
Texts by Brigitte Powell. Cycle in seven movements with birds as its theme.

Boundaries (1997)
17'
for two string orchestras and percussion
Order No: 10023, sFr. 91.00
(Performance material available from SME/EMS)
Stereophonic work for two amateur orchestras and one percussionist.

Der Wal (1998)
4'
for spoken choir and 4-handed piano
Order No: 10024, sFr. 31.00
Texts by Jürg Schubiger. A short piece suitable for young performers.

Percussion Concerto (1998)
21'
for five percussionists and orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/str)
Order No: 10025, sFr. 99.00
A work in three movements for an amateur orchestra.

Koauau (1998)
10'
for transverse flute ensemble (eight players with sixteen flutes ranging from piccolo to contrabass flute)
Order No: 10026, sFr. 31.00
A commissioned work for 'les joueurs de flûte'.

Salmagundi (1998)
10'
for brass ensemble (four trumpets, two horns, tuba and four trombones)
Order No: 10027, sFr. 60.00
An entertainment piece using German and English folksongs.

Credo (1999)
4'
for organ
Order No: 10028, sFr. 16.00
Listen: Youtube

Sextett (2000)
11'
for clarinet, bass clarinet and string quartet
Order No: 10031, sFr. 39.00
(Parts: sFr. 38.-; 38.-)

The Green Man (1989-1992)
10'
Musical theatre
for solo percussionist
Order No: 10032, sFr. 31.00
Work based on a poem by Michael Harlow, which is about the conflict between anima and animus instruments are arranged as "male" and "female" left and right of the player.

Tide Pools (1990)
8'
for speaker, choir, SATB and piano
Order No: 10033, sFr. 44.00
5 short pieces with amusing texts about the New Zealand foreshore.

Ophelia Songs (1999)
11'
for soprano (or mezzo-soprano) and piano
Order No: 10034, sFr. 52.00
Four of Shakespeare's texts dealing with the increasing loss of Ophelia's sanity are set to music.

Scheint denn die Sonne heut nicht? (2001)
20'
for soprano and piano
Order No: 10035, sFr. 55.00
9 settings of texts by Robert Walser.

Das Ausland (2003)
7'
for soprano and trombone
Order No: 10036, sFr. 23.00
(Parts: sFr. 16.-; 12.-)
Setting of a short story by Jürg Schubiger.

Das Ausland (2003)
7'
for soprano, bass clarinet and percussion.
Order No: 10048, sFr. 31.00
(Parts: sFr. 42.-; 32.-)
Setting of a short story by Jürg Schubiger.

Today is the Piano's Birthday (2003)
7'
for soprano and piano
Order No: 10037, sFr. 36.00
Setting of a prose poem by Michael Harlow.

Verschiedene Tiere (2004-2005)
17'
for soprano, trombone and piano
Order No: 10038, sFr. 57.00
(Parts: sFr. 16; 12.-)
Setting of 4 prose texts by Jürg Schubiger.

5 Schwitters Songs for Andres (2005)
8'
for soprano, alto and piano
Order No: 10039, sFr. 44.00
Settings of 5 texts by Kurt Schwitters. For Andres Giedion's 80th birthday.

Kapiti (2005)
4'30
for piano
Order No: 10040, sFr. 31.00
Sound picture of the New Zealand island Kapiti and it's many bird-inhabitants.

A Shout (2005)
10'
for soprano, female choir & piano
Order No: 10041, sFr. 44.00
4 texts by Michael Harlow. Im memoriam William Cumming, NZ painter.

Wedding Fanfare (2006)
3'30
for horn and organ
Order No: 10042, sFr. 23.00
(Horn part: sFr. 13; 10.-)

Francesca e Paolo (2007)
10'
for a-cappella choir
Order No: 10043, sFr. 42.00
Setting of the famous story of Francesca da Rimini by Dante.

Alles unter einem Hut (2008)
20'
for soprano and string orchestra
Order No: 10044, sFr. 65.00
(Parts: sFr. 55; 42.-)
Setting of texts for children by Jürg Schubiger. Suitable for an amateur orchestra.

6 Fragments for 4 Trombones (2004)
10'
for 3 tenor trombones and bass trombone
Order No: 10045, sFr. 34.00
(Parts: sFr. 47; 36.-)
For professional players.

Rothko Variations (2005)
17'
for Orchestra (3,3,3,3 - 4,3,3,1 - Timp, Xyl, Perc(2), Harp, Piano - Strings)
Order No: 10046, sFr. 73.00
(Parts: sFr. 160; 120.-)
4 Variations with 3 Interludes, inspired by the pictures of Marc Rothko.

Mother Goose Medley (2006)
5'
for trombone and piano
Order No: 10047, sFr. 23.00
(Parts: sFr. 29; 22.-)
A medley of English nursery songs.


Discs


MISSA DIGITALIS für Orgel und Tonband
Olivier Messiaen: Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire é son Père
Junghae Lee: Kyrie
Philippe Kocher: Gloria
Olivier Messiaen: Allelujas sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel
Kit Powell: Credo
Olivier Messiean: Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ
Martin Neukomm: Sanctus/Benedictus
Olivier Messiaen: Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
Michael Heisch: Agnus Dei
(Susanne Kern)


stv/asm 011
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 121
Price CHF: 30.-

centre suisse de musique informatique / schweizerisches zentrum für computermusik
Bruno Spoerri: Edute aux usines à fer
Bruno Spoerri: De-/In-Formation für Stimme und elektronische Instrumente
Martin Neukomm: Studie 8.3
Gary Berger: im selben raum
Harold Vasquez: PRIMITIVA
Michael Horowitz: Blessed Chaos
Simon Jaunin: Pièce pour D.C.
Nicolas Sordet: Graphe Uni
Nicolas Sordet: Lais Contrefait
Kit Powell: WHALE


stv/asm 004
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 119
Price CHF: 30.-



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