Coreen Morsink: Music

Coreen Morsink Biography

Coreen Morsink (b.1971) is a Canadian/Greek composer focussing on music springing from Ancient Greek sources. She uses ancient Greek music theory and philosophy as a base of inspiration for her new music. Her pieces use compositional techniques which combine old and new with exploration into microtonality, unusual tuning systems and multiphonics. Her microtonal composition The 12-1 Preludes for prepared piano is part of the CD This is Tomorrow Calling on Demerara Records. Her compositions have been presented by the Allegri String Quartet, violinist Mizuka Yamamoto and quarter-tone alto flautist Carla Rees in conferences held at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Leeds. Her composition for solo cello Conversations with a Rose was a finalist in the Sorodha Composition Competition in Belgium (2014) and premiered by Sigrid Vandenbogaerde. Her composition …catharsis… for organ was premiered by Kevin Komisaruk in Indianapolis USA in April 2016 and Play Songs for quarter-tone alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet premiered by the rarescale trio in London UK May 2016. In June 2016 her song cycle for The Theban Plays with texts from Sophocles were premiered as part of the Greek Tragedy production at St. Catherine’s, Athens Greece. On October 27, 2016 PhD Candidate Ivan Yanikiev gave a paper about her latest work There was a Time for flute ensemble at the Bulgarian Academy of Science’s Cultural Integration, Transfers, Signs of Memory international conference. This work was premiered in February in Athens, Greece by the rarescale Flute Academy and had its British premiere in May 2017 in London. Her Symphony No. 1, the “Agreekment” was premiered in Sofia, Bulgaria in July 2017 by the 432 Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Yanakiev.

Coreen is currently music teacher at St. Catherine’s British School in Athens, Greece and has also been a lecturer of music at undergraduate and Master’s degree level at the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus. She is an examiner of music performance for the International Baccalaureate programme.

Coreen has a BMus in piano performance from McGill, MMus in piano performance (Fanny Waterman and Benjamin Frith tutors) from Leeds University, MA in composition from the University of Indianapolis and has a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her PhD thesis The Composition of New Music Inspired by Music Philosophy and Musical Theoretical Writings from Ancient Greece (Goldsmiths, University of London) is on-line with downloads of compositions and recordings at http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/9149/.  Her compositions for Alto Flute are published through Tetractys Publishing. http://www.tetractys.co.uk/

Coreen is dedicated to the promotion of A=432hz which she believes is the most natural, beneficial and real concert pitch for her music to be played at.

The Agreekment Symphony for Strings by Coreen Morsink played by the 432 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivan Yanakiev

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Published Compositions

There was a Time for flute ensemble. Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees http://www.tetractys.co.uk/

Play Songs for quarter-tone alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet. Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees http://www.tetractys.co.uk/

Andromache’s Recitativo, Aria and Subtext for solo alto flute.  Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees http://www.tetractys.co.uk/

Featured Composer in:  Fowl Pox Press (journal) January 2013 edition: Publication of 12-1 Preludes for Prepared Piano by Coreen Morsink http://fowlpox.tk/ 

Premieres and Concerts featuring compositions by Coreen Morsink

March 21, 2018, Chenoa Anderson, Andromache for alto flute as part of the Now Here This Festival of New Music, Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

November 8, 2017, Andromache for quarter-tone alto flute, played by Carla Rees, Greek Premiere. Radar Theatre, Athens, Greece

July 13, 2017, Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra, the “Agreekment”.  World Premiere by the 432 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivan Yanakiev, Sofia, Bulgaria.

May 28, 2017, There was a Time for flute ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy, London UK.  UK premiere.

February 4, 2017, There was a Time for flute ensemble. World Premiere by the rarescale Flute Academy, Athens, Greece.

June 21, 2016, Four Songs for Chorus: 1) Help us Gods! 2) Alas 3) The Wonder of Man 4) Love Unbeaten (texts by Sophocles  translated to modern Greek) as part of The Theban Plays directed by Elias Malandris, Athens Greece

May 11, 2016, Play Songs played by the rarescale trio (Carla Rees Quarter-tone alto flute, Paul Goodey cor anglais and Sarah Watts bass clarinet) at The Forge, London, UK https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/SM/Performances

April 15, 2016, …catharsis… for organ played by Kevin Komisaruk at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, USA as part of the American Guild of Organists Recital Series. http://www.indyago.org/meetings.aspx\

March 8, 2015, Andromache’s Recitativo, Aria and Subtext (solo quarter-tone alto flute, also a version for alto flute) Performance at the Bangor New Music Festival, North Wales, 2015 Carla Rees.

Competitions

February 15, 2018 finalist in the il Volo di Pѐgaso competition, Rome, Italy. Work: Time’s Doorway for string quartet.

March 22, 2014 Conversations with a Rose for solo cello.  Finalist in Sorodha Cello composition Competition, Antwerp, Belgium.  Premiered by Sigrid Vandenbogaerde.

https://soundcloud.com/coreen-morsink/sets/compositions-by-coreen-morsink

Compositions on CD’s

This is Tomorrow Calling Demera Records, 17-08-2015.  A compilation of contemporary musicians.  Coreen Morsink: 12-1 Preludes for prepared piano https://demerararecords.com/buy-album-preorder-price/  https://www.hmvdigital.com/releases/4652198

Listen to the Silence 05-02-2016 works for solo piano by Coreen Morsink influenced by mindfulness practice https://coreenmorsink.bandcamp.com/album/listen-to-the-silence

Piano Tales 15-06-2014 works for solo piano and voice by Coreen Morsink https://coreenmorsink.bandcamp.com/album/piano-tales

 

See also http://m.music.cbc.ca/artists/Coreen-Morsink for links on the CBC Artists pages.

Photographs from concert “Sing me an Angel” at the Irodeion, Athens Greece

St. Catherine’s British School Upper school singers accompanying Greek Tenor Marios Frangoulis with the NERIT orchestra conducted by maestro Richard Balcombe

http://mousikasynola.ert.gr/?p=1473

(scroll to) 2014-09-07 ΝΕΡΙΤ & Μ. ΦΡΑΓΚΟΥΛΗΣ

 

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