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Marilyn Herman is a composer with a strong folk and jazz, as well as classical, background.  Her compositions have been characterised as "jazz-classical", and are also deeply influenced by various world musics. She has researched, published, performed and danced Ethiopian and Yemenite music.   Her works have been performed by top class musicians & singers - recently, recitals of "Rozsa's Wish" & "The Angel of Chomutov" were video-recorded at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, under the baton of Karin Hendrickson, and streamed at an event at the Jewish Museum in London.   In 2022, "100 Full Moons of Autumn" was commissioned by LSO Soundhub, and performed by LSO players and a jazz and classical singer at LSO St Luke's.   Other highlights include a number of world premieres performed by superb musicians at 6 London New Winds Festivals.  "Transcarpathia"  was developed after being selected for a PRS workshop with John Woolrich, with the Berkeley Ensemble under the baton of Quentin Poole. "Swing Abeba" and "On Raglan Road" received a U.S. premiere at the IAWM 20th Anniversary Online Congress. Her current projects include planning a holocaust-themed concert to include her trilogy:  "Transcarpathia", "Rozsa's Wish" & "The Angel of Chomutov" and orchestrating "An Angel of Chomutov".


Rozsa's Wish-Master-v2
"On Raglan Road" for Soprano, Electric Rock Guitar & Bodhrán

"On Raglan Road" for Soprano, Electric Rock Guitar & Bodhrán

This work was composed at the request of soprano Denise Alonzo who had the idea that rock guitar can sound very operatic. In this work, the relationship between the voice and the electric guitar does not comply to that usually found between voice and instrument, in which the latter accompanies, and is subordinate to, the former. Sometimes the voice is accompanied by the guitar, and sometimes the guitar is accompanied by the voice. At other times, the two are intertwined contrapuntally, or in a conversational, or imitative relationship. There are also guitar solos based on climactic screaming rock. Meanwhile, the bodhrán improvises within set parameters, particularly under the guitar drones providing their rhythmic context. Denise Alonzo came up with the words, and since they are Irish I have given the melodic, rhythmic and formal aspects of the work a character strongly influenced by Irish folk music. There are four verses, and each is treated differently, with interludes, although combined into a coherent whole, so that work resembles a song-cycle rather than a single song. Raglan Road On Raglan Road on an Autumn day I saw her first and knew That her dark hair would weave a snare That I might one day rue And I said let grief be a fallen leaf At the dawning of the day On Grafton Street in November We tripped lightly along the ledge Of a deep ravine where can be seen Worth of passion’s pledge The Queen of Hearts still making tarts And I not making hay Oh I loved too much by such By such is happiness thrown away I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign That’s know to the artists who have known The true gods of sound and stone And word and tint I did not stint I gave her poems to say With her own name there and her dark hair Like clouds over fields of May On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now away from me so hurriedly My reason must allow I had wooed not as I should A creature made of clay When the angel wooes the clay She’ll lose her wings at the dawn of day * * * Composed by Marilyn Herman Words by Patrick Kavanagh Soprano: Denise Alonzo Guitarist: Nick Fitch Percussionist: Ed Dunlop Mixed by Alex Bonney Photographer: Craig Simons
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SWING ABEBA  for solo bassoon can be purchased here:

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Performed Classical Compositions


100 Full Moons of Autumn

                                  For flutes, clarinets, cello, percussion, soprano and jazz alto.

                    Commissioned by LSO Soundhub, & performed at LSO St Luke's on 15th June 2022.

Rozsa's Wish         For mezzo-soprano, flute, harp/piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.  

                            Performed & recorded at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford on 6th December 2021.

The Angel of Chomutov.  For soprano, French horn, harp/piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double                                        bass.            

                             Performed & recorded at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford on 6th December 2021.

Tizita for Aklilu      For flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, cello & double bass, performed at the 

                            London New Wind Festival, December 2021

Noites da Floresta Goiana    For wind quintet and piano,

                                                     21st London New Winds Festival 2018

Vocalise                For flute, oboe and clarinet in Bb,

                               Concert of Music by Contemporary Women Composers for Winds and Piano,

                                Iklectic Art Lab, London, March 2017

Transcarpathia      For clarinet in Bb, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass.

                            Performed by the Berkeley Ensemble conducted by Quentin Poole, 

                            PRS: 'Piecing It Together’, January 2017.

On Raglan Road          For soprano, electric guitar & Irish bodhrán.  

                             (Words by Patrick Kavanagh)  

                            Streamed at the IAWM (International Alliance of Women in Music) 

                            20th Anniversary Online Congress, April 2015.

                            Also performed at The Loft, Crouch End, June 2006.

Swing Abeba          For solo bassoon.

                            Performed at the 17th New Winds Festival, London, November 2014,

                            Performance by John McDougall streamed at IAWM Online Congress, April 2015.

                            Performed by Abi Adam at Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Michal 06              For solo clarinet in Bb 

                            10th & 18th London New Wind Festivals, 2007 & 2015. 

                            Also performed at a Concert in Aid of Refugees, Hertford, 2016.              

Georgia                 For piano.

                                Can be performed as a classical or jazz piece.

                                Performed by Sasha Valeri Millwood at the 25th London New Winds Festival October 1st 2022.

Above Me Broods  For SATB chorus and piano. 

                           Performed by Cambridge Voices at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2013.

Reaching Beyond  For string quartet

                            Performed by The Impromptu String Quartet, at Lauderdale House,                            London, October 2012

                            and by The Trelawn Quartet at Middlesex University, 2005.

At One                  For trumpet in Bb and string quartet

                            Lauderdale House, October 2012

Na-ava                  For trumpet in Bb and string quartet

                            Lauderdale House, October 2012

Dance of Triumph For soprano and piano  

                             (Words by Denise Alonzo), Lauderdale House, October 2012

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