Composer

Alison Bean

We are currently in the process of digitising Alison’s compositions, please get in touch for further details on scores, performances and recordings.

Composer

Alison Bean

We are currently in the process of digitising Alison’s compositions, please get in touch for further details on scores, performances and recordings.

My Experience

Composing music is a strange compulsion. I didn’t give it a thought until I was asked to write the incidental music to a school production of “Twelfth Night”. I was asked because I was one of only two pupils doing Music A-level at that time. It seemed to go down well. That was it! I caught the ‘bug’.

While Double Bass and Composition were my major studies at Sheffield University, I didn’t see them as featuring in my future professional life at the time. I came from a family of teachers, and thought that was my destiny, training in Primary education at Manchester University. However, while I was there, I was also an assistant House Mistress at Chetham’s Music School and organist at my local church. At the same time, the Sheffield Bach Society under Roger Bullivant, asked to perform a cantata for choir and orchestra that I had submitted for my degree, which rather focused my thinking into music-making rather than just teaching. While I did start working life as a peripatetic teacher of cello and bass in North Staffordshire, the composing bug continued.

Moving to Leicestershire, marriage and 2 children later, I was needing some guidance, composing in a vacuum. I was encouraged to join the post graduate course at Nottingham University by the wonderful Nigel Osborne which led on to the Doctorate with Jim Fulkerson) and subsequently teaching at various institutions and privately. Education remains an important part of my thinking, but more recently, I have retired from teaching to focus on composing now the family is independent. As a string player and with a cellist husband, much of my composition is string based but includes choral, brass, keyboard and mixed ensemble works, and arrangements for small ensembles and choirs.

 

Original music for strings

Silhouettes

for solo cello

Romance

for cello & piano

Concertino

piano & strings

Joie de la Jeunesse

for cello & piano

SUITE

for string quartet

Eulogy

for cello & piano

Quodlibet

for string quartet & solo cello

Quodlibet

for violin, viola, two cellos and piano

Introduction and Scherzo

for string quartet

Colonnades

for strings

Piano Quintet

Arrangements

For Piano Quintet:

I Got Rhythm – Gershwin, Pavane Pour Une Enfant Defunte – Ravel, La Toupie and Le Ball – Bizet, Presto and Rondo Capriccioso – Mendelssohn

For Piano Trio:

Allegro – Telemann, Allegro from Wind Serenade KV375 – Mozart, Adagio from Piano Concerto (abridged) – Ravel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 (abridged) – Bach, Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens, Flower Duet – Delibes, Romanza – Flotow. Waltzes: Artist’s Life, Voices of Spring, Roses from the South – J. Strauss, Two selections from The Water Music, Handel.

Educational

Five Miniatures

for double bass & piano

Bees Knees

pieces for mixed, beginner ensembles

Scaling the Heights

 a fun way to explore scales and arpeggios with accompaniments for piano or CD

Vocal

Gloria

for SATB soloists & electronics

Paean

for minimum 8 voices (SATB)

Christ’s love song

for choir & solo cello

Misc.

Quintuor

for brass quintet

Changing Moods

for solo piano

Changing Moods

for cello & piano

Humnos

for solo flute