Matthew Davidson

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Matthew Davidson (b. 1964, Toronto, Canada; now res. Montreal, Canada) holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apart from concertizing in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, with ragtime, early jazz, “classical” and contemporary music concerts, he actively promotes the work of other composers (both as performer and impresario) and his work has received radio broadcasts in New Zealand, North America and Europe.

Dr. Davidson studied piano privately with John Powell and Rae de Lisle in New Zealand (through whom a lineage may be traced to Franz Liszt), with Bruce Greenfield and Phillipa Ward at the Wellington Polytechnical Institute’s Executant Music Course in New Zealand, privately with Lawrence Pitchko and Harold Heap in Canada and with William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.

As a composer, his works encompass almost every medium, including text, music, and lyrics for a singspiel; a chamber opera; chamber music; improvisatory works; theater pieces; electronic and orchestral music.

Davidson is the recipient of commissions and awards from Victoria University, the Queen Elizabeth II (New Zealand national) arts council, the American (formerly Minnesota) Composers’ Forum, the University of Illinois, Meet the Composer/California, The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, and he has been associated with the New York piano virtuoso of twentieth century music, Anthony De Mare and with the Kronos Quartet, and the Zukofsky Quartet.

He has studied theory with Alexander Rapoport at the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music (through whom a lineage may be traced to the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna) and his principal composition teachers have been Jack Body in New Zealand, John Beckwith in Canada (through whom a lineage may be traced to Nadia Boulanger), and Salvatore Martirano in the United States.

 

His music is published by Honeyrock Publications in Everett, Pennsylvania, the Composers Association of New Zealand, The American Composers Alliance and the Bibliotheque Internationale de Musique Contemporaine in Paris, France. His complete works are held in archive at the Canadian Music Centre in Montreal, Quebec; the New Zealand Music Centre (SOUNZ); and in the Alexander Turnbull Library division of the New Zealand National Library.

Some of his compact discs (e.g. the original Mastersound issue of The Graceful Ghost) have become collector’s items. He has recorded for Stomp Off Records, Capstone Records, Navona, and the Mastersound label.

This catalog of works is to be considered final and complete.

Critical praise for Davidson has come from such diverse sources as Gramophone Magazine (”…a remarkably talented pianist…as a performer Davidson has few peers…”), to Steve O’Keefe in Cadence Magazine (”…this disk by…Matthew Davidson is extraordinary.”), to recording artist for Vanguard, Epic, New World Records and Omega Classics, Max Morath (”…his [Davidson’s] stunning premier performances… mark… this pianist for landmark status and accolades – adjectives for which one reaches for the Thesaurus: prodigious, consummate, mighty. Well – sublime.”). Of his latest album, Talencourt, www.hbdirect.com said: ”He has…achieved a fine reputation as a concert pianist…and…his chamber music experience has given him exceptional insight into the workings of solo and chamber string music.” Prominent violinist of the violinfutura project, Piotr Szewczyk, has described Davidson’s compositions as “…very charming, sophisticated, and very innovative…”.   Lysandre Hamelin, writing in Musifax (the magazine of the Music Teachers Association of Quebec) states, "The work of Matthew Davidson is written with intelligence and attention to detail."  Mauro Carli, in the April 2000 edition of ALIAS (N.17) has stated :“…[Davidson’s work is]…simultaneously complex and communicative, very original, and with a well-defined identity.”

ACE Publications

1 #5 (1991)
tape

2 After Brahms (9 Concert Tangos for Piano 4-hands) (2016)
Piano, 4-hands

07 AFTER BRAHMS.mp3

AFTER BRAHMS (no. 7)

4 BERGAMASQUES (2013)
Violin solo

004_davidson_bergamasques.mp3

BERGAMASQUES: Movement 4: Tocatta

5 Between the Lines (1990)
tape

6 Deux Plaisanteries (1988)
Eb alto sax, piano

Dangdut_0.mp3

DANGDUT - 2nd movement

7 Etudes Book I (1993)

08 Krivo Horo - Matthew Davidson.mp3

KRIVO HORO - movement 5 from ETUDES BOOK I

8 Etudes Book II (1993)
piano solo

9 Five Vignettes for Piano (1984)
piano solo

10 GAVOTTE for violin solo (2010)
violin solo

12 In the Land of Wonderful Dreams (1995)
piano solo

AOLFOHS.mp3

As October Leaves Fall on Huntington & State

13 Le Poème Inattendu (1989)
4344, 4331, Harp, Perc 3 (separate part for Timpani if cond wishes 4th perc), Strings
4 Fl, 3 Ob, 4 Cl in Bb, 4 Bsn, 4 Hns (F), 3 Trs (C), 2 Ten Trom, 1 Bs Trom, Tuba, 3 perc ((small tri, cymbal, bell tree, guiro, ratchet, vibraslap, medium and large tamtam, small tomtom, tenor drum, 2 bass drums, glock, xylo, vibraphone, marimba) timp (do

14 Magyar Rondo (1985)
vla

15 Menuet pour le violon solo (2009)
solo violin

16 Menuetto (2008)
piano solo

17 The Minute Passacaglia (1999)

TheMinutePassacaglia.mp3

The Minute Passcaglia

18 Music for Piano with Orchestra (2008)
2232 2110 perc(2), celesta, harp, piano, strings

MFPWO - 3rd movt.mp3

HWAN YA AKO FIE TIE NA ONTAA - 3rd movement from MUSIC FOR PIANO w/ORCH

20 Music for String Trio (2006)
vln, vla, vcl

Voulez Vous Que Je Vous Chant.mp3

MUSIC FOR STRING TRIO - 4th movement

21 MUSIC FOR VIOLA & ORCHESTRA (2011)
2222,2211, 2 percussion, harp, Strings

22 Music for Viola and Piano (2006)
viola, piano

DavidsonMFVAP3.mp3

3rd movement

23 Nicklettes (1997)
2222 2211 harp, perc (2), strings

Nicklettes No. 7 (Lafayette Square).mp3

NICKLETTES no. 7: LAFAYETTE SQUARE (ORCH VERSION)

24 Nicklettes (1997)
piano

Ghosts in the Mont Clare.mp3

GHOSTS IN THE MONT CLARE

25 Nonsense Music (2006)
Mezzo Sop, piano

Sylvan Catch.mp3

SYLVAN CATCH

26 The Owl and the Pussycat (2007)
SATB choir

27 Papillons (2008)
piano solo

02 papillons.mp3

Papillons no. 2: BUSONI'S BLACK BOTTOM

28 QUARTETTO DELL'ARTE (2012)
string quartet

03_davidson_quartetto_dell-arte.mp3

III. Gavotta Assurda (Scherzo-II)

29 QUATRE MÉLODIES QUÉBÉCOISES (2012)
Piano and voice (soprano, mezzo or tenor)

DAVIDSON_QMQ_1Mp3.mp3

Excerpt-Quatre Mélodies Québecoises

30 ROBERT SCHUMANN -- SYMPHONY No. 5 (2011)
2222,4221,Perc (2), strings

davidson-schumann_movt_2excerpt.mp3

Midi file, excerpt from 2nd movement

31 Signor Grinderino (1989)
tape

SG.mp3

Signor Grinderino

32 THE SINGING LESSON – Chamber Opera in Three Acts (2012)
2 Lyric Sopranos, 2 Dramatic Mezzo-Sopranos, 1 Contralto, 1 Tenor Buffo, 1 Basso Buffo, and Cl, Bsn, TptinC, BsTbn, vln, cb, and 2Perc

33 Six Chorale Preludes (2002)
piano solo

(FUGUE) To Jordan when our Lord has gone.mp3

Movement 6 from Chorale Preludes (fugue)

34 Sonatine Pastorale pour le piano (2008)
piano solo

35 Stolen Music (1993)
flute and/or piccolo solo

Groundhog_0.mp3

Groundhog (1st movement)

36 SYMPHONY No. 1 in 20 Keys (2014)
Solo singers (Sop, Mezzo-Sop, Tenor, Bs Bar), large orchestra, divisi strings

37 Three Elusive Rags (1991)
piano

TransylvanianTickler.mp3

TRANSYLVANIAN TICKLER

38 TRIO SONATA FOR FLUTE, VIOLA, & HARP (2012)
FLUTE, VIOLA, HARP

davidson_trio_sonata_fl_vl_hp_excerptmidi.mp3

excerpt - Trio fl, vla, hp; Midi realization

39 TROIS OEUVRES DE RAMEAU for Orchestra (1999)
2222; 2200; harp; perc (1 player); strings

01_LeRappelDesOiseaux_0.mp3

Le Rappel des Oiseaux

40 Zwei Motetten (2011)
SATB choir

02_motetten.mp3

2. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin

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