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1. Nine Works for Marimba and Piano (2012) - 65.5 minutes
Nine of Marimbist, Peter Gillespie’s favourite works written specifically for Marimba and Piano along with
arrangements by the composer of a few of her other chamber works. Collection includes It’s About Time,
Penny for Your Thoughts, Arachnid, Catnip, Excursion, Razzle, Dazzle, Sleeves of Green, and Five Vignettes.
2. Animated States (2012) for Violoncello and Piano – 8.5 min
These two animated movements were written specially for Caroline Szram (vc) and Dr. Aleks Szram (piano) from
London, England. Both spirited movements are highly rhythmic and playful, although each has a moment of
rest in the middle for both performer and listener to catch ones’ breath.
3. It’s About Time (2011) for Marimba and Piano – 10.5 minutes
An energetic and rhythmic three movement work written for Peter Gillespie, marimbist. The composition
highlights rhythmic groupings of two and three which produce off-beat accents and unexpected changes of
4. Penny for Your Thoughts (2011) for Marimba and Piano – 4 minutes
This single movement work written for Peter Gillespie, marimbist, utilizes the two whole tone scales and the
different intervals and triads which can be derived from them.
5. Excursions (2010) for Trombone and Piano – 5.5 minutes
Specially written for the musical talent of Dr. Jim Chilton, trombonist, each of the three movements highlights a
certain range and expressive melodic capability of the trombone which is supported, and sometimes
challenged, by the carefully constructed accompaniment of the piano.
6. Three Melodies for French Horn and Piano (2009) – 5.5 minutes
Written for Dr. Jean Gillespie, these three movements explore the timbral and dynamic qualities of the French
Horn while highlighting the expressive melodic capability of the instrument.
7. Wholescapes (2009) for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano – 14 minutes
A three movement work composed for the Amici Chamber Ensemble from Toronto, Ontario. The composition
is based on the juxtaposition of the two alternate whole note collections.
8. Dazzle (2008) for Solo Piano – 5.5 minutes
A companion piece to Razzle (2004) which further develops the earlier piece’s musical ideas producing a unique
work which would appropriately follow a performance of Razzle, yet can be presented independently.
9. Surrender and Faithfulness (2008) – 4 and 3 minutes respectively
Two works commissioned by the Infinitus Trio of Vancouver, BC based on two Hymns which were provided for
inspiration, “I Surrender” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
10. Suite for Solo Piano (2008) – 7.5 minutes
A collection of miniatures that surveys the expressive and coloristic capabilities of the piano.
11. Snippets (2007) for Solo Violoncello – 8 minutes
Seven short movements written for Caroline Szram, violoncello, that each explore a singular musical idea while
exploiting the unique timbral characteristics of the violoncello. The work is performed without break
12. Stratum (2006) for Flute, Clarinet in Bflat, French Horn, Two
Percussionists, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Contrabass – 14 minutes
Three movements that utilize the layering of melody, harmony, and rhythm producing distinct textures and
13. Sleeves of Green (2005) for Flute and Piano – 5 minutes
A commissioned work by the American flutist, Dr. Jessica Raposo, for inclusion in a concert being presented
on St. Patrick’s Day. In keeping with a theme of green she requested a work based on the traditional song
Performed by Dr. Jessica Raposo
14. Razzle (2004) for Solo Piano – 7 minutes
A rhythmic and energetic work built from a six note ostinato complete with offbeat accents, an ethereal
middle section, and exciting virtuosic passages.
Performed by Dr. Aleksander Szram
15. Continuosity (2004) for Flute, Violin, Violoncello, French Horn, and Piano - 6 minutes
This work exploits continually changing relationships amongst the instruments within an animated texture
where motivic ideas are continually being passed from one instrument to the next.
16. Catnip II (2004) Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano – 6 minutes
Music inspired by the crazy antics of cats after exposure to catnip.
17. Arachnid (2004) for Violoncello or Marimba and Piano – 10 minutes
Single movement work with three quasi-programmatic sections each associated with the life of a spider:
building a web, waiting for the fly, and celebrating the catch.
Performed by Caroline Szram, Vc and Yvonne Gillespie, Piano
18. Take a Note (2004) for Soprano Saxophone, Violoncello, Piano, and
Percussion – 6 minutes
Written for inclusion in the Sonic Boom 2004 Workshop held in Vancouver, B.C.
19. Square Peg, Round Hole (2004) for Saxophone Quartet – 5 minutes
An offbeat and playful composition that explores the displacement and augmentation or diminution of
motivic, rhythmic, and melodic ideas.
Performed by UBC Saxophone Quartet
20. Passages (2003) for String Quartet – 17 minutes
Three movements that explore the vast musical possibilities of the interval of a second.
21. CatNip (2003) for Flute and Piano – 6 minutes
Music that was inspired by the crazy antics of cats after exposure to catnip.
22. Felinicity (2000) for Three Trombones and Piano – 9 minutes
A single movement work with quasi-programmatic musical references to the life of a cat.
23. From the Eyes to the Ears (2000) for String Quartet – 14 minutes
Musical representations of three paintings by Edvard Munch; the first movement depicts “The Scream”, the
second “Melancholy”, and the third “The Dance of Life”.
24. Music in the Wind (1999) for Violoncello Ensemble - 11 minutes
Single movement work with six separate violoncello parts inspired by the music that the wind makes as it
passes through trees.
25. Copycat (1998) for Two Marimbas – 6 minutes
An animated single movement work highlighting imitation within melody, harmony, and form.
26. !Dance Again! (1997) for Nonet, Woodwind Quartet or Quintet – 15 minutes
Five short dances inspired by the uninhibited dancing of a young child. Each movement explores a different
dance form while highlighting rhythmic structures and harmonic/melodic freedom.
27. Rumours (1997) for Piano Quintet – 16 minutes
Three movements for string quartet and piano, each exploring the concept of perpetual variation.
Performed by the Composers’ Orchestra, Toronto
28. A Day in the Life (1996) for String Quartet – 18 minutes
Four movements resulting from the exploration of harmony, melody, rhythm, and form utilizing traditional and
contemporary compositional techniques.
29. Pieces of Glass (1996) for Octet – 16 minutes
An octet for clarinet, bassoon, French horn, tuba, violin, violoncello, marimba, and piano consisting of three
quasi-programmatic movements each depicting a physical property of glass.
30. Chromatissential (1995) Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano – 15 mins
An exploration of melodic and harmonic chromaticism composed in three movements.
31. !Dance! (1995) for Nonet – 16 minutes
Five short dances for Nonet inspired by the uninhibited dancing of a young child. Each movement explores a
different dance form while highlighting rhythmic structures and harmonic/melodic freedom.
32. Five Vignettes (1994) for Two Pianos – 15 minutes
Five abbreviated musical presentations each exploring a unique musical idea within a condensed time frame
while exploiting the extensive range and timbral possibilities of the piano.
33. Sounds in the Night (1995) for Spoken Voice, Marimba, Piano – 6 minutes
A very effective combination of spoken poetic voice and descriptive music utilizing the poetry of Peter
34. Grinding Steel (1994) for Spoken Voice, Marimba, and Piano – 7 minutes
Another very effective combination of spoken poetic voice and descriptive music utilizing the poetry of Peter
35. Perpetuity (1993) for Flute and Piano – 9 minutes
36. Pulsation (1993) for Vibraphone, Percussion, and Piano – 12 minutes
37. YAP Concoction (1992) for Percussion Ensemble – 15 minutes
Co-written with Peter Gillespie, percussionist.
38. Quietude (1991) for Piano Solo – 8 minutes