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Orchestral Compositions and Arrangements

Sinfonia Concertante

Commissioned by the LSO to open its centenary season and premiered at the Barbican under Sir Colin Davis.
Soloists: Rod Franks, David Pyatt and Andrew Marriner.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

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[mp3j track=”Sinf_Conc_2.mp3″ title=”movement 2 excerpt”]
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Fast, slow, fast it went; perky pitched percussion spangled the orchestration; horn and trumpet counterpointed lugubriously in the central soft-focus rhapsody; and the finale fizzed with tricksy ideas and jazzy rhythms.
Hilary Finch (The Times)


Christmas Carnival

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christmas Carnival won the first-ever Peter Knight Award for arranging, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union and Yorkshire TV. Recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Best by a mile was Christmas Carnival, by Richard Bissill – full of syncopated buzz, ingeniously enjambed carols, stunning orchestration, and terrifically played. A palpable hit.
Roderick Dunnett (The Independent)

To hire the music from Boosey & Hawkes contact bevis.hungate@nullboosey.com
or phone 0044 20 7054 7240.


Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the dedicatee soloist, Philip Fowke.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

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Richard Bissill’s Rhapsody For Piano And Orchestra was a delight. But this was not pastiche – but a fond remembrance – a splendid evocation of a style and of an era of British (film) music to be treasured. Technically a brilliantly accomplished piece of work.
David Wishart (recording producer)


Excite

An hour-long, multi-dimensional celebratory work for London, co-written with Eugene Skeef.

[table]Extracts
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[mp3j track=”Pastorale.mp3″ title=”Pastorale”]
[mp3j track=”The-City-is-Mine.mp3″ title=”The City is Mine”]
[mp3j track=”Zulu-Hymn.mp3″ title=”Zulu Hymn”]
[mp3j track=”Surinam.mp3″ title=”Surinam”]
[mp3j track=”Welcome-to-Britain.mp3″ title=”Welcome to Britain”]
[mp3j track=”Asylum.mp3″ title=”Asylum”]
[mp3j track=”The-Children.mp3″ title=”The Children”]
[mp3j track=”Prayer-for-London.mp3″ title=”Prayer for London”]
[mp3j track=”The-Miracle.mp3″ title=”The Miracle”]
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Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season and the 21st birthday of its Education and Community Programme.

Listen to some extracts recorded at the concert given at London’s Royal Festival Hall in June 2008.

The music for all or any of the movements can be hired from Richard Bissill


Grand Opening

A concert waltz overture written for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill


Compositions and Arrangements for Brass

The following 11 works comprise the complete set of London Brass arrangements published by Brass Wind Publications. Once at the Brass Wind website, click on enter, then on the search icon, and choose Richard Bissill from the drop-down Arranger menu.
Each is scored for 4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones and tuba. Some have optional percussion.
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  1. Muss i’ denn Traditional
  2. A Foggy Foggy May Traditional
  3. Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 Liszt
  4. The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern
  5. Granada Augustin Lara
  6. Spain Corea
  7. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Jerome Kern
  8. Jealousy Jacob Gade
  9. Caravan Tizol / Ellington
  10. Norwegian Wood Lennon McCartney
  11. De Hamborger Viermeister Traditional

On the player there are samples of every arrangement except De Hamborger Viermeister.


Fanfare For A 75th Birthday

Scoring: 6tps 6tbns 2euphs 2tbas 4hns.

To view and listen to part of the score click sound and score

The entire evening’s celebrations had been introduced by a buoyant brass fanfare written for the occasion by the LPO’s principal horn, Richard Bissill. A golden arc of brass was arrayed on stage, in two octet groups. And, as though in stereo, they played with their patternings of alarums and swooping melodies, all based on a jazz-waltz rhythm arising from the sound of the words “seventy-five”.
Hilary Finch (The Times)

The score and parts are available from Richard Bissill. To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £20.00 with PayPal, click on the Buy Now button.





Philharmonic Fanfare

Scoring: 3tps 4hns 3tbns tuba 3perc timps
Fanfare for orchestral brass and percussion commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Available from Brass Wind Publications


Gershwin Selection

Scoring: 4.1.4.1
Score and parts are available from De Haske Publications


Espana

Albeniz
Scoring: 2tps hn tbn tba
Score and parts are available from De Haske Publications


Honeysuckle Rose

Fats Waller
Scoring: 2tps hn tbn tba
Available from Richard Bissill


Mine’s A Large One

Scoring: 4tubas 2euphs
Written in 2005 for the John Fletcher Trust Fund. Recording available: ‘Tuba Tribute to Fletch’.
Available from Richard Bissill. To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £15.00 click the Buy Now button below and pay with PayPal.





The House of Dr. De’ath

Scoring: Trombone Quartet
Written for the trombones of London Brass.
Click the control on the image to view part of the score, click the control again to return to the page.
The score and parts are available from Richard Bissill.
To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £10.00 with PayPal, click on the Buy Now button.





I’m Beginning to See the Light

Trumpet and Piano. A collection of uplifting songs imaginatively arranged for trumpet and piano, giving ample scope to develop stylistically from classical to jazz.
Available from Brass Wind Publications


Confortare

Dyson
Anthem for brass, choir and organ. Arrangement commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee
Scoring: 4.1.4.1.2perc. organ. SATB
Available from Richard Bissill


Praise The Lord, O Jerusalem

Purcell
Scoring: 4.1.4.1.organ. SATB
Available from Richard Bissill

Works for Horns

Valse Noire

Horn and Piano, written for Nigel Black and Vladimir Ashkenazy and is available on the CD “Corno Cantabile”,catalogue number OVCC-00054. To view and listen to part of the score of Valse Noire,
click sound and score


Available from Richard Bissill. To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £15.00
click the Buy Now button and pay with PayPal.

London Horn Sound

London Horn SoundThe LONDON HORN SOUND CD (CACD0112)
Available from Cala Records London Horn Sound CD
where you can also listen to some short excerpts.

Ruslan & Ludmilla

8 horns, duration 5:30. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Caravan

16 horns piano bass drums, duration 4:23. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Bohemian Rhapsody

8 horns 8 wagner tubas piano bass drums, duration 6:17. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Here’s That Rainy Day

16 horns piano bass drums, duration 5:11. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Titanic Fantasy

12 horns timps 1 percussion, duration 9:23. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

The GIVE IT ONE CD (CACD0117) is available from Cala Records Give It One CD where you can also listen to some short excerpts.

Los Jaraneros

16 horns, piano, bass, drums, guitar, marimba, duration 7:23.
The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Not Like This

8 horns piano, bass, drums, duration 7:00. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Give It One

16 horns, piano, bass, drums, duration 3:40. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

The Trolley Song

16 horns, piano, bass, drums, bell, duration 4:26. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Fat Belly Blues

6 horns, piano, bass, drums, duration 5:40. The score can be bought from www.calarecords.com

Fat Belly Blues

Also available for Horn and Piano. Play this popular piece from the Give It One CD without the need for 5 more horns and rhythm section.
Available from Richard Bissill.


To buy and download PDFs of the Horn and Piano parts for £5.00 with PayPal, click the Buy Now button.

Gabriel’s Vision

6 harps and solo horn, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music harp department.
To view and listen to part of the score, click sound and score


To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £20.00 click the Buy Now button and pay with PayPal.

Twisted Elegy

Flute, viola, harp, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music harp department.
To view and listen to part of the score, click sound and score


To buy a hard copy of the score and parts for £15.00 including postage and packing, click the Buy Now button and pay with PayPal. Score and parts will then be posted to you.

Triangulation

8 bassoons, in 3 movements, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music.
The player above plays a selection from the 3 movements and plays for 7′ 11″.


To buy and download PDFs of the score and parts for £20.00 click the Buy Now button and
pay with PayPal.

Timeslip

Commissioned by the Ulster Youth Orchestra. 4 flutes 4 oboes 4 clarinets 4 bassoons.
Available from Richard Bissill

Hector Unravelled

Bassoon and piano, included in the Unbeaten Tracks collection available from Faber

Waltz for Hannah

Flute, piano – available from Richard Bissill. To view and listen to part of the score of Waltz for Hannah, played by Susan Thomas (flute) and Richard Bissill (piano) click sound and score


To buy and download PDFs of the flute and piano parts for £10.00 click the Buy Now button and pay with PayPal.

Tarantella


Flute, piano – available from Richard Bissill. To buy and download PDFs of the flute and piano parts for £5.00 click the Buy Now button and pay with PayPal.

The Good Brass Guide For Horn 1

Available from Guildhall Publications.

The Good Brass Guide For Horn 2

Available from Guildhall Publications.

Select and play a track on the mp3 player to hear some examples of media music written by Richard Bissill
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  1. What’s Going On? – Played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bissill
  2. 20s Dance – from the TWI production of The Open Century
  3. One to Win – theme to Channel 5 quiz show
  4. Victoriana – played by Richard Bissill, from the audio book Every Lady a Gardener (ISBN 0 9551394 7 3)
  5. Smoochy Orange Flugel – from the TWI production of The Oranje Goal
  6. History – from the TWI production of The Oranje Goal
  7. Virtual Green – from BBC Sport
  8. Piano Flow – from the TWI production of The Open Century
  9. End credits – from BBC Sport
  10. ICC – music from TWI produced ICC Cricket Week
  11. Final Day – from TWI Sport
  12. The Hardest Part – Below, a scene from the film directed by Oliver Refson