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Edward Mcguire (composer)

Edward ("Eddie") McGuire (born 1948 in Glasgow) is a Scottish composer.

He studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1970 and then with Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm in 1971.

His opera "Cullercoats Tommy", with a libretto by Michael Wilcox was premiered by Northern Sinfonia and Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1993

He received a British Composers' Award in 2003. In 2004 he received a Creative Scotland Award which allowed him to create the work Defying Fate. He was commissioned to produce the finale for the 2006 St Magnus Festival, Ring of Strings.

McGuire plays the flute in the folk group the Whistlebinkies. In January 2006 he travelled to Hong Kong with the group to play a concert ("Scotland the Brave") with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

The CD of his music, Eddie McGuire: Music for Flute, Guitar and Piano, on the Delphian Records label was Editor's Choice in Gramophone magazine in 2006.

List of works (A-De only)

Accordion Concerto 1999 Orchestral Concerto Accordion/Strings Owen Murray
Air and Dances 1995 Chamber Duo Piano/Violin
Air and Slip Jig Chamber Ensemble Folk String
Albannach, The Chamber Ensemble
Am Maraiche 's a Leannan = Gaelic Love Songs Of The Sea 1988 Accompanied Vocal S Fl Clar S-Smp Str Scottish Ensemble
Amazonia 1987 Instrumental Guitar Philip Thorne
Aria 2004 Chamber Duo Fl Pf Amy Morris (assisted by SAC)
Auld Lang Syne - Arrangement Choral Secular Accompanied Choir Vn Cl
Autumn Moon 1992 Chamber Duet 2 Guitars
Cake-Talk - An Opera for Children 1996 Theatre Opera
Caledonian Muse, The : A Symphonic Rhapsody 1995 Chamber Orchestral 21+122 2200 Tp Perc Str Glasgow Chamber Orchestra & Glasgow Caledonian University
Calgacus - Symphonic Poem 1976 Orchestral Concerto Bgp / 3+22+12+12+1 4331 Tp 2 Perc Pf Hp Str BBCSSO
Cameron's Lament 1997 Accompanied Choral SATB / Fl Db
Caprice 1999 Chamber Duo Fl Pf
Cauldron of Improvisations 1986 Chamber Mixed Trio Fl Vn Gu Philip Thorne
Celtic Knotwork - for 3 Oboes 1990 Chamber Trio Woodwind 3 Oboes John Lebedis
Celtic Knotwork - for 3 flutes 1990 Chamber Trio Woodwind 3 Flutes
Celtic Knotwork - for 3 recorders (or 3 flutes) 1990 Chamber Trio Woodwind 3 rec (3 Fl) John Lebedis
Celtic Knotwork - for 3 sopranos 1990 Vocal Unaccompanied 3 S
Celtic Knotwork - for 4 flutes 1990 Chamber Quartet Woodwind 4 Fl
Celtic Knotwork - for 4 clarinets 1990 Chamber Quartet Woodwint 4 Cl
Ceòl Mòr, Ceòl Beag 2002 Chamber Folk Orchestral Folk Group [Fl Vn Va Conc L-Bgp] 1+1111 1100 Str North Ayrshire Council
Chamber Music - Guevara's Epitaph 1968/1996 Chamber Mixed Quintet 3 Cl Pf Hp
Chinese Air and Dances 2004 String Orchestral Str
Chinese Dances : Purple Bamboo Melody, Song of Happiness (arrangement) 2000 Orchestral 1+11+122 4231 Tp 3 Perc Str BBC Commission for BBCSSO China Tour 2000
Chinese Knotwork 2001 Chamber Quartet Woodwind 4Cl
Chun Jie
Citysongs 1983 vocal accompanied Bar Pf National Federation of Music Societies
Collection of music for Strings and Bagpipes : Vol 1 2001 Orchestral string concerto Bgpipes Str
Confluence 1979 Radio Clyde
Cruel Mither 1994 vocal accompanied S 2 Vn Va Vc
Cullercoats Tommy 1993 theatre opera Sttbb Dancers / 1(1)1+11+12 2210 Perc Tp Str + Folk Ensemble : Fl Vn Conc N-Bgp Northern Sinfonia / Northern Stage
Dancing Memories 2001 instrumental Fl
Dark Cloud 1991 chamber octet string 8 Gu
De'il's Awa wi' th' Exciseman, The (arrangement) 2003 choral accompanied Voices / Cl 2 Vn Va Vc Hp Hector Scott
Defying Fate 2005 ballet theatre Chinese Folk Group / Scottish Folk Group


The Very Best of the BBC: The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform McGuire's Symphonic Poem: Calgacus recorded at the BBC Proms in September 1997 on this BBC Music Magazine cover mount CD issued in November 1997. (BBC Music Vol. VI No.3)
Paragon Premieres 2: Paragon Wind Quartet with Linda Ormiston (mezzo soprano) perform McGuire's Songs of New Beginnings, to poems by Marianne Carey (CCD1032) Continuum 1993
Point of Departure: the Alma Duo (Phyllis Kamrin, viola, and Michael Goldberg, guitar) perform McGuire's Fast Peace 3 (KA9001CD) Kamelion 1994
Viola Pieces: James Durrant performs McGuire's Divertimento for 20 Violas, Prelude 6 and Martyr (ALTO CD1) Alto Records 1994
Upstart Jugglers: Mr McFall's Chamber ensemble perform McGuire's Nocturnes (MMCC 003) Mr McFalls Chamber 2001
Eddie McGuire: Music for Flute, Guitar and Piano (DCD34029) Delphian Records 2006: Nancy Ruffer (flute), Abigail James (guitar) and Dominic Saunders (piano) perform McGuire's Resistance Movement, Dark Cloud, Amazonia, Harbour of Harmonies, Caprice, Fountain of Tears, Prelude 13, Dancing Memories and Twelve White-Note Pieces
Flotilla: the Flotilla trio of 2 soprano saxophones and alto saxophone perform McGuire's Remembrance (ATKS 0802) Big Shed Music 2008
Knotwork: the Fell Clarinet Quartet perform McGuire's Celtic Knotwork and Chinese Knotwork (DCD34065) Delphian Records 2008
Embracing the Unknown: the Edinburgh String Quartet with John Kenny (trombone) and Catriona McKay (harp) perform McGuire's Guest Sextet (BC3010) Brass Classics 2009
The Prairie Song Project: Amy Morris (flute) and Michael Heaston (piano) perform McGuire's Aria} Prairie Song Project 2012
Guitar Phases: Stefan Grasse performs McGuire's Dark Cloud for 8 guitars (Xolo CD 1033) Xolo Music 2014

External links

  • Edward McGuire at the Scottish Music Centre full biography and works list.
  • The Five Centuries of Scottish Music page on Edward McGuire contains free digitised scores of his works.

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