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Hopkins, John


Night Cycle (1975) 26'
3(picc:afl).3(ca).3(bcl).3(3=cbsn). / / timp.3perc(cel).hp. / str.
Premiere: Hatfield, 3 May 1980

Solstice (1978) 17'
3(picc).3(ca).3(bcl).2. / / timp.3perc.hp. / str.
Premiere: Bath, 17 June 1978

The Magic Mountain (1979) 30'
for piano and orchestra
solo piano - 3(picc;afl).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbsn). / / timp.2perc.hp. / str.
Premiere: London, 16 March 1981

Faustus (1986) 40'
3(alf:2picc).3(ca).3(2bcl).ssax.asax.tsax.3(2cbsn). / / / str.
Premiere: BBC Radio 3, 2 April 1987

Sinfonia (1988) 18'
1.1.1.asax.1. / / str.
Premiere: Cambridge, 2 May 1988

Concerto da Camera
(1989) 18'
1(picc).1(ca).1.1. / / str. (minimum
Premiere: Cambridge, 1 November 1990

The Floating World (1999) 26'
mezzo-sop-2fl.2ob.2cl.sop sax.alto sax.2bsn-2hn.2tpt.timps.3 perc.hrp.gtr.mand-strings ( minimum)
Premiere: Cambridge, 18.11.2008

Viola Concerto (2002) 18’
Solo viola: flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, soprano saxophone in Bb, alto saxophone in Eb, bassoon; 2 horns in F; harp, percussion (2 players); strings
Premiere: Cambridge, 12 March 2003 

Broken forms
(2012) 25'
3perc-string orchestra
Premiere: Cambridge, 23 February 2013

Double Concerto
(1993/2017) 28'
trumpet, alto saxophone & orchestra
Premiere: Glasgow, 10 March 2018


Round (1974) 9' / pf. /
Uraufführung: Cardiff, 15.03.1975

Se la face ay pale
(1977) 8'
fl(picc,afl).cl(bcl). / perc. /
Uraufführung: Durham, 04.05.1977

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1978) 24'
ob. / hp.hpscd. /
Uraufführung: London, 27.05.1979

The Cloud of Unknowing
(1978) 23'
fl(picc,afl).cl(bcl). / /
Uraufführung: London, 31.01.1979 

The Golden Flower
(1979) 10'
alto fl
Uraufführung: Norwegen, 04.03.1981

Fuga Canonica
(1981) 4' / hpscd . /
Uraufführung: Norwegen, 04.03.1981

(1981) 18'
Uraufführung: London, 13.10.1981

Cantilever (1982) 20'
1(picc).1(ca).1(bcl).1. / pf. / str. (
Uraufführung: Kings Lynn, 29.07.1982

Elective Affinities
(1983) 25'
ob.bsn. / pf. /
Uraufführung: 22.03.1984

8 Pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Piano Trio (2008) 19’
Violin, cello and piano
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 13.11.2008

Trio for Oboe, flute, piano
(2011) 16’
Uraufführung: London, 8.10.2012

Sonata for Cello and Piano
(2013) 16’

Duo for flute and piano (2013) 10’


4 Pieces for Piano (1974) 9'
Uraufführung: Cardiff, 26.02.1976

(1982) 5'
for piano
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 27.07.1983

Aquamarine (1982) 26'
for piano
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 03.05.1984

Sonata for Piano (1991) 14'
Uraufführung: London, 23.10.1991

Disjunct variations
(2012) 13'
for piano
Uraufführung: Montevallo, 12.11.2012

7 Bagatelles
(2014) 10'
for cello

VOKALMUSIK (mit Ensemble)

Noche Oscura (1976) 15'
soprano; fl(picc,afl).cl(bcl). / gtr. /
Uraufführung: London, 11.07.1978

For the Far Journey
 (1981) 25'
soprano; fl(picc,afl).cl(bcl). / gtr. /
Uraufführung: Norwich, 04.03.1981

White Winter, Black Spring
 (1985) 30'
tenor, baritone; 1(picc,afl).1(ca).1(bcl).asax.0. / / perc. / str. (
Uraufführung: Huddersfield, 22.11.1985

 (1987) 17'
soprano, tenor, baritone; 1(afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1. / / hp. / str. (
Uraufführung: Aldeburgh, 22.06.1987

In the White Hours
 (1990) 13'30"
soprano; cl(bcl)
Uraufführung: London, 05.07.1991

3 Chinese Lyrics 
sop; fl. / vla
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 28.10.1994

Cantata (1992) 25'
mezzo.baritone; 2ob.bsn. / hp. /
Uraufführung: BBC Radio 3, 25.04.1993

Akhmatova Songs (2005)
for mezzo-soprano with flute, clarinet, horn, harp, violin, viola and cello
Uraufführung: Hatfield, 07.05.2005

La vita nuova (2015) 38'

The Book of Pictures (2016) 26'
Seven Rilke songs and an Intermezzo for Soprano and Ensemble
mezzo-sop; fl, ob, cl; hn, tpt; pno; strings
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 02.02.2017

VOKALMUSIK (mit Klavier)

The Book of Pictures (1985) 26'
mezzo. pf
Uraufführung: Cambridge, 02.08.1986

Watching the perseids (2006) 28'
for soprano and piano
Uraufführung: Hatfield, 14.05.2008


Introit, Kyrie and Graduale (1980) 8'
SATB double choir
Uraufführung: BBC Radio 3, 08.10.1991

4 Latin Motets (2009) 13'30"

John Hopkins came to composition via an unusual route, involving a series of rock bands working the pub and club circuits of South-Eastern England in the late 1960s, and as a member of a parish choir, singing in turn treble, alto, tenor and finally bass parts. His musical education progressed through University College Cardiff, where his teachers included Alun Hoddinott, David Wynne and Arnold Whittall, and the Dartington Summer Schools, where he took part in the composition classes run by Peter Maxwell Davies. Early works such as Four Songs from Ariel and Round were commissioned and performed at the Cardiff Festival of 20th Century Music, while Angelus was written for the Cardiff Composers’ Ensemble, of which he was a founder member.

After leaving university, Hopkins worked for two years as Music Co-ordinator of the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, before becoming composer-in-residence for the Eastern Arts Association. During this time, a number of important works were written: The Cloud of Unknowing, commissioned by Peter Maxwell Davies for the Fires of London, and The Magic Mountain for the Swiss pianist, Charles Dobler. This large concertante piece for piano and orchestra brought international acclaim at the ISCM Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of a concert curated by Hans Werner Henze. This work was taken up by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Stephen Pruslin as soloist, and a number of BBC commissions followed: White Winter, Black Spring (first given at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival by Martyn Hill, Henry Herford and the Lontano Ensemble conducted by Odaline dela Martinez), Aquamarine for pianist Philip Mead, and Faustus, a 50-minute symphonic work written for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

His Double Concerto for trumpet, saxophone and orchestra was commissioned by John Wallace and first performed by him with John Harle and the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by the late Richard Hickox. This brought to a conclusion a triptych comprising Sinfonia (which had also been conducted by Hickox for a BBC recording), Concerto da Camera and Double Concerto. Hopkins then decided to work towards a DPhil with Martin Butler at Sussex University, which was awarded in 2000 for a portfolio of works that included The Floating World, an exploration of the microcosmic world of the haiku, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, first performed by Olivia Ray and conducted by Peter Britton. Recent works include Akhmatova Songs, commissioned for the University of Hertfordshire’s Mayfest, and included on a CD of vocal works performed by Olivia Robinson, a vibrant soprano soloist with the BBC Singers, and released on the UHR label in 2009. Piano Trio and Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano explore new concepts of non-linear formal structures, while Disjunct Variations, for solo piano, was written for a BAMA concert at the University of Montevallo, Alabama, in September 2012, where it was given by the brilliant young American pianist, Adam Bowles. Since then, Hopkins has composed Broken Forms for string orchestra and 3 percussionists (in memory of his parents), a Cello Sonata, and is currently writing a Flute Sonata and a new work for solo tenor and 14 instruments based on Dante’s La Vita Nuova.

In 2009, John Hopkins joined the Faculty of Music at Cambridge University, where he is Director of Undergraduate Studies, and also runs a weekly Composers’ Workshop for the thriving composing scene at a department whose alumni include George Benjamin and Thomas Adès. After an early association with Schirmer, his music has been published by Ricordi London since 1986.