Dr Larry Goves: Lecture Details

Dr Larry Goves, RNCM

14 December 2011

'Little unsexy ways': some reflections on the impact of literature and literary conventions on my approach to composition

Five years ago, Dr Larry Goves began an on-going collaboration with the poet Matthew Welton, culminating in a substantial sequence of works including chamber songs; theatre works; an orchestral song; and a sequence of pieces with spoken word. This led to a broader exploration of the impact of literary sources on Larry’s composition. This presentation is a survey of this impact, examining various compositions and finishing with the second performance of a short cello work Little unsexy ways, which is based on the highly structured poetic form of a sestina.

Larry Goves is a Welsh-born composer based in Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert and at Southampton University with Michael Finnissy. His work has been performed by numerous ensembles in the UK and abroad, with music released on NMC, Dutton Epoch and The London Sinfonietta’s Jerwood Series, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, Concert FM (New Zealand) and WQXR-FM (New York). He places emphasis on collaboration, working closely with performers, including Oliver Coates, Sarah Nicolls, Tom McKinney and Carl Raven, as well as with writer Matthew Welton, sound-designer David Sheppard, DJ and composer Mira Calix and Neuroscientist Dr Beau Lotto, amongst others. He is currently a Tutor in Composition and Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Composer in Residence at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Tutor in Composition for the National Youth Orchestra. He has been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society composition award and is a recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers.

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