Michael Horsphol
1951 - 2017
M. Horsphol
Michael Horsphol (19/09/1951 - 28/12/2017), an Australian composer. Australia Michael Horsphol is one of the many gifted and talented modern-day composers to emerge from the Australian classical scene in the past decade. He has been playing and composing for over 40 years. His catalogue ranges from symphonies to solo piano music, to orchestral arrangements, in keeping with his new role as Head of Orchestral Music for Blue Pie Records. In his compositions, he brings to life a one-man orchestral show with virtual artists. He brings "a superb piece of musical heaven to the ears and minds of people from all walks of life and all races and creeds". Michael Horpsphol's music has featured on the Discovery Channel, Broadjam, BBC3, National Geographic, ABC Documentaries and ABC TV, to name a few. With a catalogue of over 200 titles and songs, Horsphol is one of Australia's most in-demand producers. He has been called on to produce, write and arrange for many of Blue Pie's roster of artists, providing them with a theatrical cinematic soundscape to attach to some of their more 'orchestral' compositions. In 2009 Michael Horsphol signed a world-wide recording and publishing agreement with Indie powerhouse Blue Pie. As Damien Reilly - CEO of Blue Pie says: "Michael is nothing short of a music genius that you get to meet once in every 30 years if you are lucky. I see an exceptional amount of talent in my role as the CEO of Blue Pie and see an amazing future in cinema for Michael. We have assembled a team to develop Michael's presence and music brand in the coming years. Look for his name in the musical credits of your favourite film in the not too distant future. We are honoured to have what I regard as one of Australia's greatest classical and ambient new age composers on the label."
Michael Horsphol composes music that has something unique, his sounds are different yet easily recognisable. Being brought up with the classical masters ringing in his ears, Michael asked himself the question "how can I also do this without access to great orchestras and choirs?". That's when Michael started to zone into new music software technology.. It gave inspired artists like Michael the chance to do what can be done acoustically, but without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars for hiring the New York Philharmonic! His influences are many; too numerous to mention, but 2 fellow composers stand out to Michael and they are; Howard Shore with His outstanding modern classical giant, "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Rautavaara a Finnish contemporary classical composer. Michael was fortunate to be born into a family where music formed as much a part of his childhood as food and play did. Being immersed in the music of the great classical composers led him to begin learning the piano at an early age, he studied traditional piano techniques to obtain performance and taught diplomas from Trinity College. Then later taught an honours diploma in composition at the Academy of Musicology (QLD). Michael’s main love was always composition and he began to focus more directly on this with his first CD ‘ISIS’ in 1993 and later ‘The Cradle Mountain Suite’ in 1996. Moving from the Hunter valley in N.S.W. to Northern Tasmania in 1994 brought him into contact even more with the untamed freedom and beauty of nature and his music is always an attempt to interpret this - on one or many levels. The wild nature of this beautiful planet we inhabit is always his inspiration. The availability of new technology in the field of digital multi-sampling of acoustic orchestral and ethnic instruments and choirs has brought new possibilities for composers and Michael found it a never-ending process of learning and experimenting.
Antonio's Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2015
Musical form:free
Label(s):Blue Pie Records
Antonio's Requiem is the last track of the album: Antonio's Orphans.
Source:Booklet of cd Blue Pie Records