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.”

ACA List for Matthew Davidson

#5 (1991)
tape
After Brahms (9 Concert Tangos for Piano 4-hands) (2016)
Piano, 4-hands

07 AFTER BRAHMS.mp3

AFTER BRAHMS (no. 7)
,

09 AFTER BRAHMS.mp3

AFTER BRAHMS (no. 9)
BERGAMASQUES (2013)
Violin solo

004_davidson_bergamasques.mp3

BERGAMASQUES: Movement 4: Tocatta
Between the Lines (1990)
tape
Deux Plaisanteries (1988)
Eb alto sax, piano

Dangdut_0.mp3

DANGDUT - 2nd movement
,

RJR.mp3

ROLL JORDAN ROLL - 1st movement
Etudes Book I (1993)

08 Krivo Horo - Matthew Davidson.mp3

KRIVO HORO - movement 5 from ETUDES BOOK I
Etudes Book II (1993)
piano solo
Five Vignettes for Piano (1984)
piano solo
GAVOTTE for violin solo (2010)
violin solo
In the Land of Wonderful Dreams (1995)
piano solo

AOLFOHS.mp3

As October Leaves Fall on Huntington & State
,

Foggy_Bottom.mp3

Foggy Bottom
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
Magyar Rondo (1985)
vla
Menuet pour le violon solo (2009)
solo violin
Menuetto (2008)
piano solo
The Minute Passacaglia (1999)

TheMinutePassacaglia.mp3

The Minute Passcaglia
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
Music for String Trio (2006)
vln, vla, vcl

Voulez Vous Que Je Vous Chant.mp3

MUSIC FOR STRING TRIO - 4th movement
,

Shir Ha-Shirim.mp3

MUSIC FOR STRING TRIO - 6th movement
MUSIC FOR VIOLA & ORCHESTRA (2011)
2222,2211, 2 percussion, harp, Strings
Music for Viola and Piano (2006)
viola, piano

DavidsonMFVAP3.mp3

3rd movement
Nicklettes (1997)
2222 2211 harp, perc (2), strings

Nicklettes No. 7 (Lafayette Square).mp3

NICKLETTES no. 7: LAFAYETTE SQUARE (ORCH VERSION)
,

Nicklettes No. 4 (Barbed Wire from Niwot).mp3

NICKLETTES no. 4: BARBED WIRE FROM NIWOT (ORCH VERSION)
Nicklettes (1997)
piano

Ghosts in the Mont Clare.mp3

GHOSTS IN THE MONT CLARE
,

Lafayette Square.mp3

LAFAYETTE SQUARE
Nonsense Music (2006)
Mezzo Sop, piano

Sylvan Catch.mp3

SYLVAN CATCH
,

A Little Bit Wrong.mp3

A LITTLE BIT WRONG
The Owl and the Pussycat (2007)
SATB choir
Papillons (2008)
piano solo

02 papillons.mp3

Papillons no. 2: BUSONI'S BLACK BOTTOM
,

13 (Gavotte) papillons.mp3

Papillons no. 14: GAVOTTE
QUARTETTO DELL'ARTE (2012)
string quartet

03_davidson_quartetto_dell-arte.mp3

III. Gavotta Assurda (Scherzo-II)
QUATRE MÉLODIES QUÉBÉCOISES (2012)
Piano and voice (soprano, mezzo or tenor)

DAVIDSON_QMQ_1Mp3.mp3

Excerpt-Quatre Mélodies Québecoises
ROBERT SCHUMANN -- SYMPHONY No. 5 (2011)
2222,4221,Perc (2), strings

davidson-schumann_movt_2excerpt.mp3

Midi file, excerpt from 2nd movement
Signor Grinderino (1989)
tape

SG.mp3

Signor Grinderino
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
Six Chorale Preludes (2002)
piano solo

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

Movement 6 from Chorale Preludes (fugue)
Stolen Music (1993)
flute and/or piccolo solo

Groundhog_0.mp3

Groundhog (1st movement)
SYMPHONY No. 1 in 20 Keys (2014)
Solo singers (Sop, Mezzo-Sop, Tenor, Bs Bar), large orchestra, divisi strings
Three Elusive Rags (1991)
piano

TransylvanianTickler.mp3

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

01_LeRappelDesOiseaux_0.mp3

Le Rappel des Oiseaux
,

02_MusetteEnRondeau.mp3

Musette en Rondeau
Zwei Motetten (2011)
SATB choir

02_motetten.mp3

2. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin

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