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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. Chosen

    Chosen

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATTB) and organ
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English - German - French
    Order No. : BH 8000869
    €4.95  *
  2. Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault

    Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : BH 11646
    €20.99  *
  3. Tuireadh

    Tuireadh

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : clarinets-Quintett or clarinet and string orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 11658
    €20.99  *
  4. HB to MB

    HB to MB

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : cello
    Order No. : BH 11740
    €10.99  *
  5. Ninian

    Ninian

    A concerto for clarinet & orchestra
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : Clarinet and Orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : BH 11647
    €32.95  *
  6. Why is this night different?

    Why is this night different?

    String quartet no 2
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : score
    Order No. : BH 11648
    €27.95  *
  7. Why is this night different?

    Why is this night different?

    String Quartet No 2
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
    Edition : set of parts
    Order No. : BH 11739
    €32.95  *
  8. Intercession

    Intercession

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : 3 oboes (saxophones)
    Edition : score, manuscript
    Order No. : BH 80206
    €20.95  *
  9. in angustiis... I

    in angustiis... I

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : BH 81163
    €15.95  *
  10. Angel

    Angel

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : manuscript
    Order No. : BH 81286
    €9.99  *

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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

per page
  1. Chosen

    Chosen

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATTB) and organ
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English - German - French
    Order No. : BH 8000869
    €4.95  *
  2. Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault

    Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : BH 11646
    €20.99  *
  3. Tuireadh

    Tuireadh

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : clarinets-Quintett or clarinet and string orchestra
    Edition : study score
    Order No. : BH 11658
    €20.99  *
  4. HB to MB

    HB to MB

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : cello
    Order No. : BH 11740
    €10.99  *
  5. Ninian

    Ninian

    A concerto for clarinet & orchestra
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : Clarinet and Orchestra
    Edition : piano reduction with solo part
    Order No. : BH 11647
    €32.95  *
  6. Why is this night different?

    Why is this night different?

    String quartet no 2
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : string quartet
    Edition : score
    Order No. : BH 11648
    €27.95  *
  7. Why is this night different?

    Why is this night different?

    String Quartet No 2
    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : String Quartet
    Edition : set of parts
    Order No. : BH 11739
    €32.95  *
  8. Intercession

    Intercession

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : 3 oboes (saxophones)
    Edition : score, manuscript
    Order No. : BH 80206
    €20.95  *
  9. in angustiis... I

    in angustiis... I

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : BH 81163
    €15.95  *
  10. Angel

    Angel

    Composer : MacMillan, James
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : manuscript
    Order No. : BH 81286
    €9.99  *

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