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Joby Talbot

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JOBY TALBOT - Biography
Born in 1971 in Wimbledon, Joby Talbot initially studied composition at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College and then privately with Brian Elias. Talbot was a pupil of Simon Bainbridge and Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he won the Dorothy Adams String Quartet competition and was awarded the Wainwright Memorial Bursary. His percussion piece DOUBLETHINK was published by the Guildhall as part of its young composers’ series.

In 1995, Talbot studied with Louis Andriessen at Dartington where his music was performed by Icebreaker. Since then his work has been performed by the Britten Sinfonia, the Brunel Ensemble, the King’s Singers, the London Sinfonietta, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic whose performance of his octet ANIMISATION was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the 1996 Lloyds Bank composers’ workshop. Talbot was one of four composers chosen to write a new piece for the Philharmonic and the resultant work LUMINESCENCE for string orchestra was premiered in 1997 under Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and has since been broadcast several times on Radio 3.

In 1993 Talbot first met Neil Hannon and began arranging and performing with his group THE DIVINE COMEDY. Over the next eight years, the band released four albums and several top 30 singles, the fourth album which was co-written by Talbot, FIN DE SIECLE was released in August 1998. Talbot and Hannon also collaborated on the theme music for BBC TV’s TOMORROW’S WORLD. Other works for TV written by Talbot include the theme music for YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR, the score for a short film for BBC 2 called QUEEN’S PARK STORY and the music for the highly successful BBC 2 comedy series A LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN which was awarded the Golden Rose at the Montreux International TV Festival.
In 1997, Talbot and the Divine Comedy collaborated with Michael Nyman at the Flux Festival and were awarded Edinburgh Festival’s Critics Choice and in 1998 he wrote a piece for the group Instrumental which was performed at London’s Jazz Café.
In 1998 Talbot’s percussion concerto INCANDESCENCE was performed by Evelyn Glennie as part of the London Sinfonietta’s CMN tour and the chamber version premiered at the Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium. In 1999 he was commissioned by the bfi to write a new score to Alfred Hitchcock’s silent movie THE LODGER which has been performed live to film in Edinburgh, London, France and Germany; the success of this project resulted in another commission from the bfi in 2002 to write another original score to Evgeny Bauer’s 1917 film THE DYING SWAN. Recent commissions have included the music to the Comic Relief animated film, ROBBIE THE REINDEER IN LEGENDS OF THE LOST TRIBE (shown on television in the US and the UK in December 2002) as well as works for the London Sinfonietta and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. In 2002 he formed his own band Billiardman and a performing ensemble who showcased work from his new album THE DYING SWAN : MUSIC FOR 1-7 PLAYERS (Black Box) at the London Jazz Festival and will tour the UK in 2003.

…similarities between diverse things…
This work was composed in memoriam Fred Hutchins Hodder, who died between Christmas and New Year 2001. A violinist and gifted mathematician, 20-year-old Hodder had been at Pembroke College Cambridge and the title derives from the pleasure he used to get when finding unexpected connections between seemingly unconnected things. For piano trio and vibraphone, the work was written for Hodder’s parents, Monroe and Fred.

‘…The results are frequently moving, and often beautiful. similarities…, an elegy for Fred Hodder, a violinist who died last year at the age of 20, features particularly sensitive, tonally expressive playing from Everton Nelson and Chris Worsey’
Barry Witherden, Gramophone, February 2003
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Album: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Fool's Paradise
Genre: Ballad, Classical, Orchestral
Mood: Dreamy, Magical, Melancholy, Mysterious
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Fool's Paradise
Genre: Ballad, Classical, Orchestral
Mood: Eerie, Melancholy, Mysterious, Reflective
Instrumental: Yes
Rights Controlled: Publishing only
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Album: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Fool's Paradise
Genre: Ballad, Classical, Orchestral
Mood: Agitated, Energetic, Melancholy, Swelling
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Fool's Paradise
Genre: Ballad, Classical, Orchestral
Mood: Building, Eerie, Melancholy, Mysterious
Instrumental: Yes
Rights Controlled: Publishing only

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