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James  MacMillan

Born: July 16th, 1959
Country of origin: United Kingdom
James MacMillan was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1959 and studied at Edinburgh University and with John Casken at Durham. After working as a lecturer at Manchester University he returned to Scotland in 1988, settling in Glasgow where he composes and teaches part-time at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1990 he was appointed Affiliate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and from 1992 to 2002 was director of the Philharmonic Orchestra's Music of Today series in London. Increasingly active as a conductor internationally, he was appointed Composer/Conductor with the BBC Philharmonic in 2000.

MacMillan's music, including the much-acclaimed 1990 BBC Proms commission 'The Convession of Isobel Gowdie', has been notable for its extraordinary directness, energy and emotional power. References to Scottish folk music imbue MacMillan's work with a strong sense of the vernacular, while religious and social concerns inform both the spirit and subject matter of his music.

MacMillan's output ranges widely from chamber pieces such as the clarinet quintet 'Tuireadh', via a corpus of choral music, to large-scale works including three symphonies, the opera 'Inés de Castro' and 'Quickening' for voices and orchestra. He has written concertos for celebrated soloists including 'The Berserking' for pianist Peter Donohoe, and 'Veni, Veni, Emmanuel' for percussionist Evelyn Glennie which has received over 300 performances. James MacMillan's music can be heard on the Chandos, BIS, Hyperion, BMG/RCA, Black Box, Koch and Naxos labels.

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  1. Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    Concerto for percussion and orchestra
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1238
    Instrumentation : percussion and orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501031
    €57.50  *
  2. Kiss on Wood

    Kiss on Wood

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : sheet music
    Order No. : BH 1000672
    €12.95  *
  3. Cello Concerto

    Cello Concerto

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : BH 1200468
    €36.00  *
  4. After the Tryst

    After the Tryst

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : Soprano Saxophone and Piano
    Edition : sheet music
    Order No. : BH 2400317
    €12.95  *
  5. A Child's Prayer

    A Child's Prayer

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : 2 soloists (SS) and mixed choir (SATBB) a cappella
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5401375
    €6.00  *
  6. On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

    On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SSATB) and organ
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5401422
    €8.50  *
  7. Changed

    Changed

    Words from "The Man with the Blue Guitar"
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SSATB) and organ (string trio or 3 equal instruments)
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5402114
    €6.00  *
  8. Raising Sparks

    Raising Sparks

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mezzo-soprano and ensemble
    Edition : score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 6401166
    €32.95  *
  9. Three Dawn Rituals

    Three Dawn Rituals

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1270
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501099
    €16.95  *
  10. Cello Concerto

    Cello Concerto

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1328
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501425
    €32.95  *

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James MacMillan was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1959 and studied at Edinburgh University and with John Casken at Durham. After working as a lecturer at Manchester University he returned to Scotland in 1988, settling in Glasgow where he composes and teaches part-time at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1990 he was appointed Affiliate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and from 1992 to 2002 was director of the Philharmonic Orchestra's Music of Today series in London. Increasingly active as a conductor internationally, he was appointed Composer/Conductor with the BBC Philharmonic in 2000.

MacMillan's music, including the much-acclaimed 1990 BBC Proms commission 'The Convession of Isobel Gowdie', has been notable for its extraordinary directness, energy and emotional power. References to Scottish folk music imbue MacMillan's work with a strong sense of the vernacular, while religious and social concerns inform both the spirit and subject matter of his music.

MacMillan's output ranges widely from chamber pieces such as the clarinet quintet 'Tuireadh', via a corpus of choral music, to large-scale works including three symphonies, the opera 'Inés de Castro' and 'Quickening' for voices and orchestra. He has written concertos for celebrated soloists including 'The Berserking' for pianist Peter Donohoe, and 'Veni, Veni, Emmanuel' for percussionist Evelyn Glennie which has received over 300 performances. James MacMillan's music can be heard on the Chandos, BIS, Hyperion, BMG/RCA, Black Box, Koch and Naxos labels.
Products

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  1. Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    Concerto for percussion and orchestra
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1238
    Instrumentation : percussion and orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501031
    €57.50  *
  2. Kiss on Wood

    Kiss on Wood

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : sheet music
    Order No. : BH 1000672
    €12.95  *
  3. Cello Concerto

    Cello Concerto

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : BH 1200468
    €36.00  *
  4. After the Tryst

    After the Tryst

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : Soprano Saxophone and Piano
    Edition : sheet music
    Order No. : BH 2400317
    €12.95  *
  5. A Child's Prayer

    A Child's Prayer

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : 2 soloists (SS) and mixed choir (SATBB) a cappella
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5401375
    €6.00  *
  6. On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

    On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SSATB) and organ
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5401422
    €8.50  *
  7. Changed

    Changed

    Words from "The Man with the Blue Guitar"
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SSATB) and organ (string trio or 3 equal instruments)
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 5402114
    €6.00  *
  8. Raising Sparks

    Raising Sparks

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mezzo-soprano and ensemble
    Edition : score
    Language : English
    Order No. : BH 6401166
    €32.95  *
  9. Three Dawn Rituals

    Three Dawn Rituals

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1270
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501099
    €16.95  *
  10. Cello Concerto

    Cello Concerto

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Volume number : HPS 1328
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 6501425
    €32.95  *

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