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John Murray Peterson
1957 -
Australia
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J.M. Peterson
John (Murray) Peterson (14/01/1957), an Australian composer. He was born in Wollongong, New South Wales, and studied composition at the University of Sydney under the guidance of Ross Edwards, Eric Gross and Peter Sculthorpe. He has Bachelor of Music (1990) and Master of Music (1994) degrees, and completed a PhD in Composition in 2003. As a composer, John Peterson has written chamber music for many ensembles including The Contemporary Singers, Sydney Mandolins, The Seymour Group, the Coruscations Ensemble, the Caringbah HS New Music Group, the Shostakovich String Quartet, and the Halcyon vocal ensemble, but his primary compositional focus is on writing music for the orchestra. John's orchestral works have been performed and/or recorded by the Armidale Youth Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 1992, Peterson was a finalist in the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition; and in 1995, and again in 2000, he was a finalist in the Corbould Orchestral Composition Competition. On two occasions, in 1997 and in 2001, he has been shortlisted for "Masterprize", an international competition run jointly by BBC Music Magazine and the London Symphony Orchestra. The orchestral works selected for this competition, Rituals in Transfigured Time (1997) and Illawarra Music (2001), were recorded and subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the U.K. and in Europe, and on ABC Classic FM throughout Australia. John's music generally reflects his interest in tonal idioms, as well as the energy and rhythmic propulsion inherent in many popular music styles. A typical work of this type is Shadows and Light, a large-scale composition for SATB symphonic chorus, SATB semi-chorus, soprano and tenor soloists, string orchestra and percussion; this work was premiered by Sydney Philharmonia in November 2004. In 2005, John was the winner of the prestigious Albert H. Maggs Composition Award. John Peterson is currently Lecturer in Composition in the School of Music and Music Education at the University of New South Wales.
Shadows and Light
Period:21st century
Composed in:2004
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + other texts (e.g. Jun'ichiro Tanazaki and Martin Luther King Jr.)
Duration:23'30''
Shadows and Light (2004) for Soprano solo, tenor solo, SATB semi-chorus, SATB symphonic chorus, string orchestra, timpani, percussion. It contains:
I. In visible darkness (7'30)
II. Where light in darkness lies (9'30)
III. Shadows and light. (6'30)
Text from the Requiem Mass, and other sources including newspaper and magazine headlines, the writings of Jun'ichiro Tanazaki, and a few lines from Martin Luther King Jr.
"The music reflects my interest in the structures, the rhythmic energy and the harmonic progressions inherent in several styles of popular music."
I have recently completed a new arrangement of my 2004 choral work, Shadows and Light. Originally written for SATB symphonic chorus, SATB semi-chorus, soprano and tenor soloists, with string orchestra and percussion, I have now arranged the work for the same vocal forces but with two-pianos as accompaniment. This new arrangement is due to be performed by Queensland University Musical Society (QUMS), conducted by David Webster, in Brisbane in October 2011.
Author:John Peterson